Geoscience Camp for Girls!

In August 2019, I ran a Geoscience camp for girls in Champaign and Urbana, IL. This camp was meant to foster interest and knowledge in the Geosciences for girls of color and other underrepresented backgrounds. Guided through hands-on activities such as a simulated volcanic eruption, weather balloon deployment, and GIS analyis, the girls conducted a rover mission on Mars.

Camp co-creators, Julia Cisneros (left) and Aida Guhlincozzi (right) pose with Geoscience trainees at the first ever Geoscience camp at the School of Earth, Society, and Environment at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign.

See a story about the Geoscience camp here!

On April 8th, 2020, Aida Guhlincozzi presented our work regarding ‘A framework for addressing the lack of diversity in the Geosciences through evaluating the current structure of institutional efforts’ in the virtual AAG conference. This presentation and the paper we have submitted in a special issue on Community Geography from GeoJournal was informed through our experience in running the SESE G-Camp, and includes an analysis of camps with similar goals. We are excited to continue sharing our insights and experience with our school and other academic institutions so that we all can continue increasing diversity in the Geosciences.

Link to the virtual presentation:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_xNopY9tv4&feature=youtu.be

On October 27th, I participated in the GSA Pardee Symposium ‘The Next Generation of Geoscience Leaders: Strategies for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion’ as an invited speaker and panelist. To see my presentation titled ‘Looking Forward: How do we encourage young BIPOC and Latinx students to be Geoscientists?’ please see the video below. If you have any questions or would like to discuss this work further, I encourage you to contact me via the form on my contact page or please email Aída and my joint email address at geoscienceslearners@gmail.com

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