We recognize that disability is not the only identity within the IAGD community. Specifically, we recognize that individuals that sit at the intersection of race and disability face significant and complex daily barriers in society.
View the IAGD Executive Committee’s message to the IAGD community
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:
We have come to the understanding that we will never truly understand. We simply can’t understand what it means for the color of our skin to create challenges in our lives similar to those experienced by our black friends and colleagues and we will never be able to.
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, inequities in our world and peace – not race.
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 https://notimeforsilence.org/
Change.org Petition: Call for a Robust Anti-Racism Plan for The Geosciences: https://t.co/x6cwM0Jtis?amp=1. Google Doc of text from Change.org petition here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DKmKoEl5Q1Trp7TncryqtEpbPRdOQKh3/view
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. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13613324.2012.730511
Dutt, K. (2020) Race and racism in the geosciences. Nature Geoscience 13, 2–3. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41561-019-0519-z]