DEI Checklist and Calendar

Multi-annually

  • Faculty, staff, and graduate students are required to take managing bias training once every 3 years.
  • Faculty, staff, and graduate students are required to take Title IX training (either for supervisors or non-supervisors) offered by the Office of Equal Opportunity every 2 years.
  • Incoming faculty are encouraged to participate in the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) Early Career Faculty workshop, and are eligible for financial support from the department to attend.
  • Get involved with summer REU Program at ISU – apply for an NSF grant for an interdisciplinary REU in Environmental Sciences, Geosciences, and Atmospheric Sciences in the next few years.

Annually

  • Update personal/research website with DEI statements/progress
  • Faculty and graduate student instructors are required to take CELT’s Inclusive Classroom Training on an annual basis, and are encouraged to participate in a more in-depth Inclusive Classroom Workshop offered by CELT.
  • Faculty, staff, and graduate students have the opportunity to sign-up for diversity and development training with NCFDD (facultydiversity.org). Iowa State has paid the membership fees.
  • Create and/or update documents for your research group on culture and inclusivity. This can include statements on expectations for members and the PI, and should also address lab and field safety if appropriate
  • Seek new collaborations with traditionally excluded groups, brainstorm new grant ideas
  • Actively recruit Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) as students and for visiting seminars

Before each semester

  • Add DEI statement to syllabus (update if needed)
  • Faculty are encouraged to sign up for the Spark newsletter from the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, and the monthly newsletter of the Office of Equal Opportunity”

Semesterly

  • Spend time in first class discussing importance of DEI work and goals for inclusive classroom environment
  • Participate in department listening sessions
  • Dedicate one lab/research group meeting to anti-racism:
    • Could be journal-club style, invited DEI speakers (virtual is great!), or general brainstorming/discussion. Following “Ten simple rules for building an anti-racist lab”, by Chaudhary and Berhe (2020).
    • invited DEI speakers, and/or brainstorming sessions to develop anti-racist lab policies.
  • Spend time in first class discussing importance of DEI work and goals for inclusive classroom environment
  • Attend department listening sessions, which will focus on highlighting concerns and discussing issues in a safe and supportive setting

Monthly

  • Listen to one video or read one resource from the “Resources for faculty”