Resources for Faculty and Staff Candidates

Demonstrating Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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.

Below are links to additional resources that candidates many consider when crafting their diversity statement.

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.

The educational benefits of diversity include: Fostering civic learning, engagement, and preparing students, faculty, and staff to live in complex global settings.

Teaching: Awareness of and commitment to teaching strategies that build an inclusive and welcoming environment, particularly for students for underrepresented backgrounds. Additionally, experience teaching diverse student populations.

Research: Demonstrated experience fostering and advancing diverse and inclusive research environments. Experiences advising, mentoring, and supporting women and minority graduate students. Research engages and/or considers the implications for underrepresented communities.

Service and/or professional activity: Participation in search and outreach activities that are intended to remove barriers or broaden participation for historically underrepresented groups. This may also include engagement in trainings and workshops that support their ability to foster an inclusive and respectful campus climate.


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.