Access and Engagement
Access and Engagement
The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS) affirms its belief in and commitment to inclusion and will continue to develop and promote an inclusivity community. EPS is dedicated to maintaining a welcoming working environment where differing ideas, abilities, backgrounds, and needs are fostered with opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and visitors from divergent experiences to participate in and contribute to the Department. EPS recognizes that many perspectives are important and necessary in teaching, research, and service. Therefore, EPS will strive to ensure that every departmental activity is open to all students, faculty, staff, and visitors regardless of race, sex, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, or disability.
Access and Engagement Committee
- Disseminate current literature and announcements about programming and training opportunities that serve to educate members of the Department about the value of diversity and help them to achieve their personal and professional goals related to inclusivity and equity;
- Create and supply advisory statements and materials that assist all members and committees of the community in achieving their diversity, equity, and inclusion goals, including but not limited to recruitment of a diverse faculty, staff, and student body; assessment of policies and practices; and achieving broader impacts;
- Review and suggest updates to the Department Code of Conduct with respect to diversity, equity, and inclusivity;
- Create and maintain a lending library of materials that students may need to achieve their degree requirements, including field equipment;
- Ensure that all members of the Department community are aware of where they can find a community of support for their identities by providing a list of and hosting events with those organizations on campus and in the community;
- Ensure that all members of the Department community are aware of the venues and channels for reporting all types of diversity-related issues;
- Offer informal opportunities for all members of the Department community to interact in social and collegial ways;
- Track and issue an annual report on diversity-related metrics and contextualize those data among University and discipline-level metrics.
- Identify and invite guests from diverse backgrounds to present in the Klepser lecture series;
- Regularly update the content of the access and engagement page on the Department’s website.
Unlearning Racism in Geoscience
The University of Tennessee Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences is aligned with the national, NSF-supported program, URGE. Its primary objectives are to:
- Deepen the Geoscience community’s knowledge of the effects of racism on the participation and retention of People of Color in the discipline
- Draw on existing literature, expert opinions, and personal experiences to develop anti-racist policies and resources
- Share, discuss, and modify anti-racist policies and resources within a dynamic community network and on a national stage
- Implement and assess anti-racist policies and resources within Geoscience workplaces