Anti-Racism Statement

Outcry demanding justice for Black people was renewed here, in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25, 2020 with the killing of George Floyd. Individuals, companies, government, and even institutions like the Minnesota Section of the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) are evaluating how their groups can affect positive change in how Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) are treated by society. AIPG is a professional organization based on competence, integrity, and ethics. The Minnesota Section of AIPG believes these core values prohibit racism and prejudice. Our continuing obligation as a professional organization is to ensure we conduct our business, advocacy, and outreach in a manner that is anti-racist and inclusive.

 

The geosciences are not as diverse as other sciences (Dutt 2020; Goldberg 2019). The Minnesota Section of AIPG's Executive Committee invite our section members to challenge themselves to truly become more welcoming, anti-racist, and inclusive so that we, as geoscientists and Professional Geologists, can continue to promote the public welfare of all Minnesotans. With this in mind, we welcome your feedback and dialogue so that we may actively improve our organization and this profession.

 

We have started a collection of articles and books featuring the topic of Racial Justice & Geology, including the two referenced articles, available at https://aipgmn.org/Racial_Justice_and_Geology_Resources. Please send us additional resources to share!

  1. Dutt, Kueli. Race and Racism in the Geosciences. Nature 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 Problem. New York Times, Dec. 23, 2019. Available online at https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/23/science/earth-science-diversity-education.html.