Why should you be part of Sparks for Change?

 

The value of Sparks for Change comes from supporting the development of early-career underrepresented minority faculty; making departments more inclusive and open to broadening participation efforts, and building a community of change agents to make the geosciences stronger through diversity.  

 

If you are the Spark we hope that by participating in the program you will:

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  • Create or strengthen relationships with senior members in your department
  • Gain sponsors and mentors for your scientific and broadening participations endeavours
  • Learn specific adaptive leadership strategies to get credit for your service efforts, research interests, and diversity leadership
  • Be part of community of other early career minority geoscience faculty
  • Expand your opportunities for research collaboration
  • Engage a national community of researchers interested in geoscience diversity
  • Gain national recognition for your institution
  • Empower your department to be a supportive, welcoming, inclusive environment where you and your students can fully realize your potential as leading geoscientists.

If you are the Partner we hope that by participating in the program you will:

  • Working togetherSupport the scientific success and retention of your early career faculty
  • Develop transformational leadership capability to enact departmental culture change
  • Gain skills in navigating and manipulating your institutional structure
  • Become  part of a national community of geoscientists committed to increasing geoscience diversity
  • Expand your disciplinary impact to include diversity and your potential to secure external funding for a variety of project types
  • Gain national recognition for your institution
  • Build a supportive, welcoming, inclusive department where everyone is valued and your faculty and students can fully realize your potential as leading geoscientists

If you are the Spark and Partner’s department, we hope that by having them
participate in the program you will:

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  • Be provided with an action plan for improving the inclusiveness of your department
  • Develop a more inclusive department where everyone is valued and empowered to contribute to science, allowing you to reap the benefits of diverse viewpoints in driving scientific solutions
  • Improve the ability of your department to attract talented colleagues and diverse students
  • Have faculty with enhanced leadership capabilities towards broadening participation efforts
  • Be part of a national community of geoscience departments who are leading the drive towards more inclusive geosciences
  • Gain national recognition for your institution

If you are the Sponsor we hope that by participating in the program you will:

  • MentoringGain recognition for your past efforts and successes
  • Develop solidarity leadership capabilities to enhance your impact as an external broadening participation expert
  • Grow your network of early and late career geoscience faculty committed to diversity efforts
  • Share and build your knowledge of best practices and practical experiences in enacting institutional change and supporting diverse faculty and students
  • Uncover novel challenges, obstacles and practical barriers toward broadening participation, and help innovate solutions
  • Help to overcome institutional inertia to better recognize and reward broadening
    impact efforts
  • Support the development of truly inclusive geoscience departments where
    faculty and students are empowered to become scientific leaders
  • Help grow the national community of geoscientists who are committed to
    increasing diversity in the geosciences