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ESS Special Seminar: Dr. Emily H.G. Cooperdock “Weaving Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion into Education"

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Please join us on April 26, 2023, at 3:30pm for our Special Seminar Series with our guest speaker Emily H.G. Cooperdock, Ph.D. This event will take place in the Mitchell Building Hartley Conference Room.


Special thanks to Professor Earle Wilson for hosting Dr. Cooperdock and the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for co-sponsoring this event.


"Weaving Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion into Education"

 Recently, universities, professional societies, and funding agencies enthusiastically renewed their intent to identify and address systems of bias that have excluded historically marginalized groups from participation in earth, environmental, and planetary sciences. This is not new. There have been committees, conferences, publications, and dedicated individuals vocalizing this problem and working to increase diversity and inclusion within the geosciences for decades. Unfortunately, these past efforts have resulted in minimal progress over the last 50 years. If we hope to meaningfully change our standing as the least diverse discipline within STEM, we should blend diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) principles throughout our work. In order to recruit and retain a diverse student body, we must rethink how we teach and mentor in the classroom, the lab, and the field. DEI principles can be integrated in the way we plan and teach our courses, as well as offering courses that support the professional development of students and train the next generation of educators in inclusive practices.

Emily H. G. Cooperdock is a Gabilan Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences at the University of Southern California. Her research uses (U-Th)/He thermochronology, geochemistry, and petrology to study the timing and rates of fluid-rock interactions, plate boundary evolution, and geochemical cycling. Her research also involves the history of diversity in the geosciences and efforts to make the discipline more inclusive.