CU TRaIL Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The CU TRaIL Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

We strive to make the CU TRaIL an inclusive, safe, and supportive space for everyone working in or visiting the lab. We emphasize that creating and maintaining welcoming spaces that are anti-hostile is critical for both diversifying the earth sciences and ensuring that all lab members and visitors have the opportunity to participate in and contribute to our scientific and educational goals. We believe that equity, diversity, and inclusivity are both right and vital for the long-term success and relevance of the earth sciences.

Therefore, as a lab, research group, and active teaching facility, we pledge to

  1. Promote and maintain an environment free from dehumanizing behavior including, but not limited to, discrimination and harassment based on race, sex, sexual orientation, physical ability, gender expression, body size, religion, age, or ethnicity.
  2. Listen to the concerns of our group members and visitors, be open to the continual improvement of our lab policies and procedures, and be proactive in improving inclusivity in the lab.
  3. Acknowledge that being inclusive is an active process, and continually strive to educate ourselves about diversity, equity, and inclusion in both the earth sciences and in society more broadly.
  4. Use lab resources to provide research and training opportunities for students from underrepresented groups in the earth sciences.
  5. Support our lab members when they work on projects promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and science outreach.
  6. Never tolerate abusive or harassing behavior, both of which we consider to be scientific misconduct and in direct opposition to the mission of the lab.

To see some of the programs, projects, and opportunities we are working on, please visit Professor Becky Flowers’ Research Group Webpage.

Here are some links to CU Resources regarding harassment:

The Office of Victim Assistance provides free and confidential information, consultation, support, advocacy and short term counseling services to University of Colorado Boulder students, graduate students, faculty and staff who have experienced a traumatic, disturbing or life disruptive event. OVA does not enforce policies, but acts more as a victim advocate and can help guide victims through their various options.

The Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance implements and enforces university policies for students, staff, faculty, volunteers, and affiliates related to Discrimination and Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Intimate Partner Violence and Stalking, and Conflict of Interest in Cases of Amorous Relationships. OIEC is in charge of enforcing university policies, and is to whom mandatory reporters must report incidents. They also maintain Don’t Ignore it, a general information page aimed at students, and The Red Folder, a page designed to help faculty and staff support students.

The Geological Sciences Department also has the GeoSMART program (Geology Social Misconduct Awareness and Response Team) which provides an essential bridge that will assist in guiding students through the process of best utilizing these existing resources on campus.