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Disability intersects with all other identities. Specifically, we recognize that individuals that sit at the intersection of race and disability face significant and complex daily barriers in society. We have set aside this space to share resources specifically related to race and disability. We expect this to be a living document that will grow over time. Please contact [email protected] if you have resources you would like to share on this page.

Pledge to the members of the IAGD community:

For those of us that teach and lead, it is NOT an option to be silent or complacent when it comes to issues of equity, racism and the need for change in our organization, in our community, in our country. 

It is not fair, accurate or appropriate to claim that you “don’t see color.” Everyone sees color…we should all see and appreciate the diverse cultures, backgrounds and people in our lives. It is natural to see color but it is essential to see everyone as people and not as a race. 

You change the world by changing people’s beliefs and behaviors. Just as racism is a learned attribute (we all come into this world without that hate in our hearts), it can also be “unlearned.” As advocates for equity, we have learned time and time again that the best way to move minds is to focus on people, right versus wrong, and how we can be a positive example of equity and inclusion. 

It is not enough to not be racist we MUST be anti-racist. Silence is complicity and lack of action is inexcusable. In order to change the narrative in our communities and our nation, we must not stand by quietly when we see inequity. We must use our voices. We must disrupt the systems that are contributing to the inequities and we must lobby for change. 

Adapted from Bob Longworth, Superintendent 
Lockland Local School District, Lockland, OH

Position Statements Endorsed by the IAGD

A Call to Action for an Anti-Racist Science Community from Geoscientists of Color: Listen, Act, Lead Petition: Call for a Robust Anti-Racism Plan for The Geosciences: Google Doc of text from petition here:

Race and Disability Resources

Dutt, K. (2020). Race and racism in the geosciences. Nature Geoscience 13, 2–3.]

Cook, M. and Caicedo, A. (2020). The Mind Hears affirms that Black Lives Matter. The Mind Hears – A blog by and for Deaf Academics.

Player, D. (2020) Dear White Deaf People. White Deaf Privilege.

Howley, K. D. R. (2020). Deep biases prevent diverse talent from advancing, Eos, 101, Published on 03 June 2020.

Jackson, T. (2020).  A Practical Guide for White Allies and Accomplices. Medium.

#ShutDownSTEM Resources

Garcia, A. (2019). Intersectionality, Autism & STEM College Outcomes. Stairway to STEM.

 Vilfranc, C. (2017).  #RevealToHeal: Mental Health and Communities of Color. VanguardSTEM

Annamma, S.A., Connor, D., and Ferri, B. (2013). “Dis/ability critical race studies (DisCrit): Theorizing at the intersections of race and dis/ability.” Race Ethnicity and Education 16(1), 1-31.

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Disclaimer: This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0939645. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


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