Department Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Philosophy

Mission Statement

The Department of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment is committed to promoting diversity and a climate of inclusiveness in our student body, faculty and staff. A diverse academic environment helps prepare our students to engage and become leaders in the world.

We celebrate diversity in all its forms in every facet of our research, education, mentoring, professional service and social activities in and outside the department. Moreover, we are committed to inclusion and equity for access to services, facilities, equipment, resources and programs, and in all activities, including collaborations with peers and colleagues and interactions with the public.

Every member of our department and those with whom we interact can expect to be safe from harassment and discrimination. Likewise, everyone is committed to treating others respectfully. This expectation applies without restriction to time, including outside of work hours or location (domestic and abroad), activity (fieldwork and conferences) and whether interacting in person or in all digital forms. Fairness and equity are expected regardless of the nature of one's position, status or affiliations.

Initiatives Completed

  • Educate on how to report acts of discrimination and/or receive consultations through NIU's Active Bystander Training (Aug. 27, 2021).
  • Eliminate the GRE from admissions decisions and move towards holistic student application reviews (Dec. 7, 2020).
  • Participate in the Unlearning Racism in Geoscience (URGE) program (spring semester 2021).
  • Update the department's bylaws to include a mission statement (stated above) on our stance against racial and all other forms of inequity in the sciences and academia (April 14, 2021).
  • Establish an ad-hoc Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) committee to enable more active participation across the entire department (May 14, 2021).
  • Coordinate efforts to recruit Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) students at local high schools and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) (July 1, 2021).

Initiatives In Progress

  • Explore ways to subsidize and/or reduce field camp costs.
  • Add networking and career resources to facilitate professional growth.
  • Revisit learning strategies and ways to maximize accessibility and achievement.

Contact Us

Department of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment
Davis Hall, Room 312

815-753-0631 (undergraduate)
815-753-1943 (graduate)

815-753-1945 (fax)

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