A project funded by the NSF to provide professional development (PD) for a cohort of 30 geoscientists to 1) increase their knowledge of bias and social justice issues relevant to the geosciences; 2) engage in bystander intervention techniques using interactive virtual reality simulations to learn how to counteract prejudicial structures; 3) develop faculty members’ leadership skills to target critical gatekeeping decisions as a strategy to transform their own home institutions; and 4) support faculty members’ continued development into champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Faculty will participate in a 3-day workshop from November 13 to 15, 2017, where we will teach and challenge participants to think critically about race, gender, sexual and gender identity, and ability, as well as develop leadership techniques and skills. The workshop will culminate in bystander intervention training using innovative, virtual reality, role-play, scenarios developed in collaboration with Mursion, Inc. Next, participants will continue to meet for a monthly journal club over video conferencing, where participants will discuss readings that address equity, inclusion, and leadership.
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In partnership with the College of William and Mary.