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Broadening Participation

CSDCO is dedicated to broadening participation in the geosciences.

The geosciences have poor diversity, even among STEM fields, awarding far fewer degrees to members of nonwhite racial and ethnic groups than their proportion in the US population.  The field also faces challenges in representation with respect to gender, gender identification, sexual orientation, physical ability, active military and veteran status, socioeconomic status, family educational history, and regional disadvantage.  

All of these facets of diversity must be addressed in order to develop and foster an inclusive environment that supports the recruitment, retention, and advancement of persons currently underrepresented in the geosciences.