The Department of Earth System Science acknowledges our presence on the ancestral and unceded territory of the Acjachemen and Tongva peoples, which extends from the Santa Ana River to Aliso Creek and beyond. We are grateful to these original stewards of the land where we live, work, and study, who despite the history of violence and racism, forced displacement, land theft, and colonialism still hold strong cultural, spiritual, and physical ties to this region.
Inclusive Excellence is a core value of the Department of Earth System Science. As a department and as a community, we affirm our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and anti-racism, and recognize the inherent value of all who work and study here. We recognize that diversity increases creativity and innovation, strengthens our science, improves the educational experience for our students, and makes our department and our field stronger. We aspire to create a welcoming, equitable, and inclusive space, in which all members are treated with mutual respect and are free to participate in all aspects of University life, including research, teaching, learning, service, and social activities, in an environment free from discrimination, harassment, sexism, racism, ableism, homophobia, bullying, or microaggressions. We recognize that our ability to carry out our scientific and educational mission rests on our ability to realize these values.
“Calling Earth “home” is perhaps the only common experience between all people and thus access to understanding and appreciating Earth must not be limited by societal inequities”
―Keisling et al., 2020
Our Inclusive Excellence Committee was formed in summer 2020 and meets monthly to discuss actions on outreach, mentoring, social media, seminars, events, and any issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion. See our February 2021 updates statement for more information. To provide feedback, attend one of our meetings, or to join the IE committee, please contact the Vice-Chair for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Kathleen Johnson (email@example.com) or the Graduate Diversity Fellow, Ada Acobta (firstname.lastname@example.org).