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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 make the invisible visible by:

  1. Creating highly interactive and authentic learning environments that draw from interactive theater techniques.

  2. Leveraging an innovative form of virtual reality to deliver our immersive simulations anywhere in the world with an internet connection.

We also take an analytical approach to disrupting exclusion by using data to map out the social landscape of exclusion. 

A compelling idea such as creating a virtual reality simulation sounds great and all, but is there any empirical evidence that it even works? This is an especially critical question because the traditional forms of "diversity training" that we see in universities and corporate America have been quite unsuccessful at changing behaviors and creating a welcoming climate.

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.

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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