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Amplified Voices: How identity shapes our scientific experience

Diverse work environments benefit scientific progress and the well-being of individual researchers - yet the geosciences are still lagging behind. Together with her contributors, Michelle Guitard reports on the current situation in the US, and suggests some ways in which underrepresented voices can be amplified

Written By: Michelle Guitard, USF CMS Ph.D. candidate, for Geoscientist (Guitard, M., Amplified voices: How identity shapes our scientific experience. Geoscientist 30 (1), 10-15, 2020, 10.1144/geosci2020-065)

The first time I heard about the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) I was reading a geological society’s monthly bulletin. The article summarized the lack of diversity in geoscience professions and included SACNAS as an organization dedicated to fostering success for the above-mentioned groups. I immediately logged on to the SACNAS website and enrolled as a student member. I remember feeling happy and excited. Here was a scientific community that intersected my cultural identity, made up of members with shared experiences, but also those from whom I could learn new scientific and cultural perspectives.

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