Promoting access, accommodation, and inclusion for students and geoscientists with disabilities

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The IAGD Mission

The IAGD mission is to improve access to the geosciences for individuals with disabilities and promote communities of research, instruction and student support.

The IAGD Vision

  • Celebrate the diverse abilities of all geoscientists while fostering student engagement in geoscience career pathways
  • Provide faculty professional development in instructional access and inclusion
  • Unify and promote efforts of collaboration in research and instructional best practices
  • Develop a community of resources for faculty and student support
  • Advance knowledge of access and accommodation within the geosciences through scientific research

About the IAGD

The International Association for Geoscience Diversity (IAGD) is composed of higher education faculty, staff and students, geoscience industry representatives, disabilities education researchers and anyone who is interested in promoting access and inclusion in the Earth Sciences. This organization is charged with identifying current research opportunities and instructional best practices for underrepresented students with disabilities, while seeking to raise awareness of improving access and exposure to the geoscience disciplines for students and geoscientists with disabilities. The establishment of a national advisory group began in November, 2008, with consultant and advisory roles being accepted by several key stakeholders in the geosciences, disabilities education and various research organizations. Through interest from international colleagues, in November of 2010, the advisory expanded to the global community. In January of 2013, the organization formalized into an international association, with membership across the United States and in several countries. With a membership approved Constitution and Bylaws, and an elected Executive Committee, the IAGD is spearheading awareness of improving access, accommodation and inclusion for students, faculty, and geoscientists with disabilities in the geosciences.

Global research community

The IAGD has launched a global research community page. This will be a resource where the geoscience education community can upload and share information about projects that enhance accessibility and create learning opportunities to a diverse student participation. In order to begin creating a community of innovative instructional practices, there needs to be a central location that provides information about both past and current projects that researchers can review. It is the purpose of such a resource to drive innovation and reduce spending time on work already completed or proposed and to encourage researchers to plan, communicate and build collaborations about future projects. For more information or to suggest ideas, please contact the IAGD.