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Institutional Seminar

01/25/2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
8610 Kennel Way La Jolla, CA 92037, US
Event Description: 

Institutional Seminar Series

Friday, January 25
Scripps Seaside Forum Auditorium

11:30 a.m. Pizza will be served
12:00 p.m. Talks begin

While single-use cups and plates will be available, we are asking everyone to bring their own reuseable items.*

Please join us for the Institutional Seminar Series - lunch sponsored by the Director's Office featuring the following speakers:

  • Jane Teranes - SURF
  • Rachel Bernard - SIO Institutional Postdoc
  • Stuart Sandin - UC-HBCU
  • Anela Choy - Bridges Program
"Not Business as Usual: Scripps' role in enhancing diversity in geosciences at a national level"
At all degree levels, the geosciences remain underrepresented in minority populations, even relative to other STEM fields.  This trend, if allowed to continue, compromises the future intellectual vigor of our fields and threatens our ability to address complex global challenges. Thus, recruitment, advancement and retention of underrepresented minorities is a highest priority in the geosciences.

As the nation’s preeminent center for research and teaching in all areas of geosciences, Scripps has an excellent opportunity to lead the nation in developing and embracing strategies to effectively increase diversity in our fields at all degree levels.  In this presentation, we focus on results from several programs aimed at recruiting and advancing diverse students. From these results, we recognize the following strategies to have most positively influenced students’ decisions to continue in the geosciences: (1) early and sustained exposure to research and practical application in our fields, (2) strong positive mentorship that extends beyond the boundaries of a single institution, and (3) acknowledgment and support of students’ motivations to pursue projects that are directly relevant to prosocial and cultural values and activities that give back to their communities.  Finally, as we enter the graduate admissions cycle, Scripps should embrace the opportunity to lead on advancing diversity through vigilant consideration of the talents and the unique promise of applicants from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in our fields.

*The University of California system is committed to going zero waste by 2020, and we’re already diverting 69% of our solid waste from landfills system wide. UC San Diego needs everyone to pitch in with waste reductions efforts.  Bring your own plate and cup to the Institutional Seminar instead of using single-use items. #MyLastTrash

For more information on this event, contact: 
Romie Apostol
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