Diversity, equity, and inclusion in paleontology: application of principles to make paleontology a more just discipline.


The geosciences, including paleontology, continues to be the least diverse scientific discipline. It has become imperative to change the underlying structure of our discipline to encourage participation of members from underrepresented groups to promote the growth and continued flourishing of our discipline. In this short course, we will offer a combination of presentations and workshops to provide knowledge and skills to paleontologists that can be applied in their workspaces and in the field. It is our aim to provide paleontologists with skills to not only help make paleontology a more just discipline, but to benefit their careers in the process.

Saturday, October 14, 2023 from 8am to 5pm at the Pittsburgh Convention Center

Detailed schedule:

8:00–8:10am – Coffee
8:10–8:15am – Opening remarks
8:15–9:15am – Sarah Greene: Missing Title
9:15–10:00am – Ian Castro: “Enhancing diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA) efforts through the intersectionality of geoscientists with disabilities”
10:00–10:15 am – Break
10:15–11:15 am – Christy Visaggi: “Transforming your classroom: approaches & resources to promote belonging and equity in studying the fossil record”
11:15am–12:00pm – Victor Monnin: “Critical history for tomorrow's paleontology”
12:00–1:30pm – Lunch
1:30–2:30pm – Marisela Martinez-Cola: “Collectors, nightlights, and allies, oh my! Advice for strengthening cross racial mentoring relationships”
2:30-3:15pm – NSF: Missing Title
3:15-3:30pm – break
3:30-4:30pm – Peg Yacobucci: “Practicing allyship and inclusive leadership: Community organizing for systemic change”
4:30-4:45pm – Closing remarks

List of speakers:

Ian Castro (U. Cincinnati) 
Sarah Greene (University of Birmingham) 
Marisela Martínez-Cola (Moorehouse College)
Víctor Monnin (Illinois Institute of Technology)
Dena Smith-Nufio (NSF)
Christy Visaggi (Georgia State)
Peg Yaccobucci (Bowling Green State)