SSA Task Force on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Toward a Changing, Inclusive Future in Earthquake Science

Aaron A. Velasco, Kasey Aderhold, Richard Alfaro-Diaz, Wesley Brown, Michael R. Brudzinski, Margaret Fraiser, Monique M. Holt, James Mori, Gabriela Noriega, Katherine Scharer, Dennise Templeton, Fabia Terra, Sherilyn Williams-Stroud

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n the United States, a wide variety of studies show that the geoscience community does not reflect the broader societal makeup (e.g., Velasco and Jaurrieta de Velasco, 2010; Dutt, 2020; Howley, 2020). In fact, only about 10% of all Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Ph.D. degrees are awarded to people of color, although they represent more than a third of the population (Dutt, 2020). These numbers have changed little over the past 40 yr (e.g., Bernard and Cooperdock, 2018; Dutt, 2020). Recent events in the United States have again raised awareness of this discrepancy in many fields; similar divergences may be present throughout the world. This discrepancy represents a tremendous loss of talent and contributes to ongoing bias and racism.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3267-3275
JournalSeismological Research Letters
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2021

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