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JEDI Leadership in Geosciences is focused on "making the invisible visible" so that together we can create a more just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive geosciences. With funding from the National Science Foundation, we help individuals and organizations:

  • Identify the exclusionary practices and dynamics in their organization

  • Develop strategies related to leading JEDI- related change efforts

  • Develop and strengthen leadership skills through practice and coaching in a safe, interactive and feedback-rich learning environment

  • Expand their network of geoscience leaders committed to equitable change 

The traditional forms of "diversity training” commonly found in universities and corporate America have been unsuccessful at changing behaviors and sometimes they make things worse. Developed through a series of NSF-funded projects, we
have evidence that our unique approach drives positive outcomes for participants.


Here is why it works:


A compelling idea such as creating a virtual reality simulation sounds great and all, but is there any empirical evidence that
it even works?

Our Findings:

Chen, et. al (2020). Advancing inclusion in the geosciences: An overview of the NSF-GOLD program published in the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).

A description of the team’s approach and lessons learned from the GeoDES project.

Chen, et. al (2020). Mixed-Reality Simulations to Build Capacity for Advocating for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Geosciences published in the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education

A description of the team’s specific empirical findings that have emerged from our project, thereby demonstrating its effectiveness.

Chen, J. A., Carboni, I., & Tutwiler, M. S. (2023). EDI skill-building tools: Preparing learners to effectively intervene in bias incidents. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology.


A review of the tools that are available in university settings that specifically teach people the behaviors that are required to create a just, equitable, and inclusive work environment. We then share empirical results for another study we conducted that occurred within a business school context, confirming the effectiveness of our approach.

Who Should Participate

Our program develops the capacity of leaders in geoscience professional societies, educational organizations, and university geoscience departments to lead justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) change in their organizations. Each participating organization assembles a team of three to five individuals to participate in the program and drive change on behalf of their organization. Our first cohort will be comprised of organizations in and around Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland.

Committed to Growing JEDI Leadership in Geosciences?

Join our growing community and be the first to hear of new opportunities and project updates.

Primary Investigators

Our team of primary investigators brings a diversity of perspectives and expertise to tackle the central problem we face: "How do we equip, convene, and mobilize leaders in the geosciences to create organizations where justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion are the driving forces of scientific innovation?"

In collaboration with a team of senior personnel, they bring an interdisciplinary approach to increasing JEDI leadership.

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