Initiatives

Our initiatives exemplify our commitment to the community through outreach activities both within and outside the University, as well as through conversations and actions toward fostering justice, accessibility, diversity, equity, and inclusion for all. 

We are committed to AccessibilityJusticeDiversityEquity, and Inclusion.  Our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Statement is a general overview of our commitment and actions.  The department's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee's webpage highlights the passion and commitment to these extremely important issues.

Statement Against Racism: The School of Earth & Environmental Sciences at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities stands firmly against the systemic racism that has long afflicted our society and still causes immeasurable daily harm to Black People, Indigenous Peoples, and People of Color. In this time of sorrow and anger at the events in Minneapolis and in so many other places, please read our collaboratively-written document that expresses the values of our community of Earth & environmental scientists: UMN ESCI Statement Against Racism.

Outreach

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The Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences is involved in three basic activities: scientific research, education, and community service.  We are committed to sharing our research and excitement about the earth and environmental sciences to the larger community via a variety of Outreach activities.  Please read more on the Outreach website.

MESA

MESA Group Picture

In the School of Earth Sciences, we teach and conduct research on a range of geoscience-related topics, and our MESA (Make Earth Science Accessible) program makes some of the educational and research material accessible to the public through a series of exhibits in and around John T. Tate Hall on the east bank of the UMN Twin Cities campus.

Outreach Through Science and Art

 

OSA Interactive Picture

Outreach through Science and Art (OSA) is a group of graduate and undergraduate students in the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences at the University of Minnesota dedicated to uncovering connections between the arts and sciences and sharing these connections with the general public. OSA partners with University and community groups to create public displays, interactive exhibits, and events to accompany artistic endeavors with scientific themes.  These projects provide scientific context for the artistic works and demonstrate how artistic media can be used to explore human interactions with scientific concepts and understanding. OSA also connects scientists and researchers with local artists, promoting our goals of sharing expertise, learning how science can inspire art, and investigating how artistic media can be used for science communication. Please visit the OSA website for more information.

K-12 Education

Elementary Student

The department is an enthusiastic participant in an initiative to help Minnesota K-12 teachers gain knowledge about the Earth and environmental sciences. Starting in summer 2021, department members will collaborate with teachers to develop learning activities centered on Earth processes and systems, including climate, water, landscapes, rocks, and Earth history. The program involves workshops, field trips, and other events during the school year.

Student Symposium

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The Earth & Environmental Sciences Student Research Symposium (UMNEarthSRS) is an event where graduate and undergraduate students can present their scientific research in a friendly, constructive setting. Started by a few graduate students in Spring 2015, this event continues to be planned and run by a committee of graduate students. The symposium is a great chance for students to receive feedback from researchers and faculty as well as from their peers, and to connect with a broad, environmentally-minded audience. ​

Community Partners

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A priority for outreach within our department is to work with community partners. Here are some of the organizations and groups we are currently work with or hope to work with soon (*).