Diversity and Climate


The College of Geosciences is one of the nation’s most comprehensive earth-system colleges and we are committed to the discovery, advancement and application of knowledge fundamental to understanding our planet and its resources for a sustainable future. For the College to be a national leader, diversity, equity, and inclusion must be central to all that we do. We invest in building a culture values and respects the diversity of backgrounds and experiences that our students, staff, and faculty bring to the college. Empowering a diverse and inclusive community serves as the foundation for effective cross-disciplinary work and world class teaching.

The Office of Diversity and Climate is committed to providing strategic oversight in the areas of program and policy that ensure a diverse, equitable, and inclusive climate for students, staff, and faculty.


What we mean by diversity at Texas A&M University

The inclusion, welcome, and support of individuals from all groups, encompassing the various characteristics of persons in our community. The characteristics can include, but are not limited to: age, background, citizenship, disability, education, ethnicity, family status, gender, gender identity/expression, geographical location, language, military experience, political views, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and work experience.

Resources for Faculty and Staff Candidates

The College of Geosciences is committed to fostering a culture of diversity, inclusion, and respect across teaching, research, and service. The information below is intended to support prospective faculty and staff candidates develop commitment to diversity statements for application materials as well as preparing for interviews.

Resources for Faculty and Staff Candidates

Campus Diversity Resources

Faculty & Staff



Diversity and Accountability Report

Geoscientists are at the center of solving society's grand challenges – climate change, air and water quality, and adequate energy and food supplies. The College of Geosciences serves as a national leader offering a comprehensive program in geoscience research, education and engagement. Diversity, equity, and accountability are central to our leadership role. To this end, the CoG has established a broad array of integrated strategies targeting all facets of the college to enhance diversity, improve climate, and increase equity, and retention. This work is enabled and enhanced by the small college feel of the CoG where connections across role and discipline flourish. 

2019 Diversity and Accountability Report

2018 Diversity and Accountability Report

LSAMP Undergraduate Research Program

Each year, the College of Geosciences supports 5-10 underrepresented minority students in engaged in undergraduate research. These students engage in hands on research with our faculty and connect with University resources to support their preparation and application to graduate school.

LSAMP Undergraduate Research Program Application for LSAMP Geosciences

Diversity and Climate IDEAS Challenge

The College of Geosciences aims to spark innovative and creative ideas related to diversity and climate. The Diversity and Climate Ideas challenge provides funds to build new initiatives or enhance existing efforts that will advance efforts related to recruitment, retention, and equity for students from underrepresented backgrounds as well as support efforts to enhance an inclusive climate for faculty and staff.

Information on IDEAS Challenge Application for IDEAS Challenge



Ishara Casellas Connors

Assistant Dean for Diversity and Climate


  (979) 845-3651

  Eller O&M 202

To make an appointment with Ishara, please contact Corie Smith.