Our Stanford Earth Celebrates interview series illuminates how our many identities intersect with our work in the geosciences. Black, Indigenous, Latinx, LGBTQIA+, Asian American Pacific Islander, women, and other groups among faculty, staff, students, and alumni share their experiences.
Black Americans breathe about 20% more harmful particles than white residents do, and are 2.8 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than white people in the U.S. Black communities are on the frontlines of global disasters, so why aren’t there more Black geoscientists?
About 20% of U.S. adults reject the basic idea of evolution and many only accept it as an instrument of God’s will. If 84% of the world’s population is religious, then it may be time to rethink the relationship between climate science and religion.
Despite the clear connection between Indigenous welfare and the Earth, Indigenous students remain one of the most underrepresented minority groups in the Earth sciences, academia generally, and here at Stanford Earth as well.
Latinx students are more likely to be first-generation college students than any other racial or ethnic group. And while Latinx students make up one-fifth of U.S. undergraduate students, they consist of less than 5% of the professoriate.
Invisibility is a major issue for individuals of sexual or gender minorities who may have to choose to come out in workplace settings over and over. In 2013, more than 40% of LGBTQIA+ workers in STEM were not out to their colleagues.
Although Asian Americans are well represented in STEM fields, like engineering or mathematics, those numbers don’t translate in the geosciences. In 2018, Asian Americans earned only 5.5% of geoscience doctorates, a number that has been decreasing since the 90s.
The percentage of women earning Earth science PhDs has risen steadily in recent years, but the increase has not been spread equally among women and much work remains to make the geosciences a place where women of all backgrounds thrive.
Environmental justice is a response to environmental racism – in many cases, the best predictor of whether someone lives near a toxic waste site is race. As a result of community-led activism, environmental justice has emerged as an important topic in academia.