August 15, 2017

I’m excited to be back. Of the all the things I did this summer—conference in Greece, touring in Sofia, tornado chasing in Oklahoma—the most rewarding was a two-day NSF program called GEO Opportunities for Leadership in Diversity (GOLD): Hearts of GOLD. Geography is more diverse than the Geosciences but there remains plenty of room to broaden participation. Inclusion begins at home. Agree to respect others. Honor others’ experiences, regardless of opinion or perspective. Take responsibility for and accept the consequences of your words and actions. Respect the foundational belief that equality pertains to all people with no exceptions. Acknowledge that social inequalities exist of which you may be unaware. Unfortunately, as made painfully clear by recent white supremacists violence in Charlottesville and Trump’s racist response, much work needs to be done.