Racial Justice & Geology Resources

This is a collection of articles and books that focus on Racial Justice and Geoscience and/or Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) topics.  This page was initially compiled by Jane Willard, PG, CPG, a member of the Minnesota Section of the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG MN), and is now currated by AIPG MN. Additions to this page may be sent to [email protected] and will be screened before publishing.


  1. Dutt, Kueli. Race and Racism in the GeosciencesNature Geoscience, vol. 13, 2020, pp. 2-3. Available online at https://www.nature.com/articles/s41561-019-0519-z. This article uses data collected by the American Geosciences Institute (AGI), of which AIPG is a member organization, in their 2016 Status of the Geoscience Workforce publication. The newer 2018 Status of the Geoscience Workforce publication was released in March 2020: https://www.americangeosciences.org/news/agi-publishes-2018-status-geoscience-workforce-report.

  2. Goldberg, Emma. Earth Science has a Whiteness ProblemNew York Times, Dec. 23, 2019. Available online at https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/23/science/earth-science-diversity-education.html.

  3. McKibben, Bill. Climate Justice Is Racial Justice Is Gender Justice: What is a "Just Transition," anyway? Bill McKibben asks Jacqueline Patterson, the director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program.  Yes! magazine, Aug 18, 2017. Available online at https://www.yesmagazine.org/issue/just-transition/2017/08/18/climate-justice-is-racial-justice-is-gender-justice/.

  4. Of Rocks and Social Justice. Nature Geoscience, vol. 9, 2016, pp. 797. Available online at https://www.nature.com/articles/ngeo2836.

  5. Funk, Cary and Parker, Kim. Women and Men in STEM Often at Odds Over Workplace Equity. Pew Research Center, January 2018. (See Section 4 - Blacks in STEM Jobs are Especially Concerned about Diversity and Discrimination in the Workplace). Available online at https://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2018/01/09/blacks-in-stem-jobs-are-especially-concerned-about-diversity-and-discrimination-in-the-workplace/.

  6. Vakil, Sepehr and Ayers, Rick. The Racial Politics of STEM Education in The USA: Interrogations And Explorations. Race Ethnicity and Education, vol. 22, no. 4, 2019, pp. 449-458. Available online at https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13613324.2019.1592831.

  7. O'Connell, Suzanne and Homes, Mary Anne. Obstacles to the Recruitment of Minorities into the Geosciences: A Call to Action. GSA Today, June 2011. Available online at https://www.geosociety.org/gsatoday/archive/21/6/article/i1052-5173-21-6-52.htm.

  8. Taylor, Dorceta E. The State of Diversity in Environmental Organizations. Green 2.0, July 2014. More information on the publishers webpage at https://www.diversegreen.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/FullReport_Green2.0_FINAL.pdf.



  1. Taylor, Dorceta et al. "The Challenge of Diversity in the Environmental Movement, with Dorceta Taylor" from Resources Radio, June 23, 2020, https://www.resourcesmag.org/resources-radio/challenge-diversity-environmental-movement-dorceta-taylor-rebroadcast/ (podcast and transcript available).

  2. Isaacson, Walter. "Robert Bullard: How Environmental Racism Shapes the US" from Amanpour and Company, March 3, 2020, http://www.pbs.org/wnet/amanpour-and-company/video/robert-bullard-how-environmental-racism-shapes-the-us/.



  1. McNair, Tia Brown, et al. From Equity Talk to Equity Walk: Expanding Practitioner Knowledge for Racial Justice in Higher Education. Wiley, 2020. More information on the publishers webpage at https://www.wiley.com/en-us/From+Equity+Talk+to+Equity+Walk%3A+Expanding+Practitioner+Knowledge+for+Racial+Justice+in+Higher+Education-p-9781119237914.

  2. Yusoff, Kathryn. Billion Black Anthropocenes or None. University of Minnesota Press, 2018. More information on the publishers webpage at https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/a-billion-black-anthropocenes-or-none.

  3. Tyson, Neil Degrasse. The Sky Is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist. 2nd Rev. ed., Prometheus, 2004. More information on the Amazon page at https://www.amazon.com/Sky-Not-Limit-Adventures-Astrophysicist/dp/159102188X.

  4. Taylor, Dorceta E. The Rise of the American Conservation Movement: Power, Privilege, and Environmental Protection. Duke University Press, 2016. More information on the publishers webpage at https://www.dukeupress.edu/the-rise-of-the-american-conservation-movement.

  5. Bullard, Robert D. and Wright, Beverly. The Wrong Complexion for Protection: How the Government Response to Disaster Endangers African American Communities. NYU Press, 2012. More information on the publishers webpage at https://nyupress.org/9780814799932/the-wrong-complexion-for-protection/.


Other Sources

  1. Harris, Johnny, "Why All the World Maps are Wrong." YouTube, commentary by Johnny Harris, December 2, 2016, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIID5FDi2JQ