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Counteracting Systemic Bias in the Lab, Field, and Classroom

Cooperdock, Emily H. G. and Chen, Christine Y. and Guevara, Victor E. and Metcalf, James R. (2021) Counteracting Systemic Bias in the Lab, Field, and Classroom. AGU Advances, 2 (1). Art. No. e2020AV000353. ISSN 2576-604X. doi:10.1029/2020av000353.

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Grappling with systemic discrimination and bias in geosciences can be overwhelming to the point that one may feel powerless to fix them. Despite the sweeping nature of this challenge, faculty, principal investigators, and other scientists with leadership roles have unparalleled power to mitigate harm in environments they oversee. Here, we identify ways that scientists in these roles can immediately address bias in three common spaces—the lab, field, and classroom. We highlight key actions that can be taken to improve the quality of life of marginalized students and other trainees quickly, while important but comparatively slow institutional changes proceed.

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Cooperdock, Emily H. G.0000-0002-0154-8719
Chen, Christine Y.0000-0002-9580-6925
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Additional Information:© 2021. The Authors. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution‐NonCommercial License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited and is not used for commercial purposes. Issue Online: 25 March 2021; Version of Record online: 25 March 2021; Manuscript accepted: 16 February 2021; Manuscript revised: 09 February 2021; Manuscript received: 25 November 2020. We thank Penny King, Anahi Carrera, Ryley Collins, Tamara Pico, Julia Wilcots, Adam Jost, Michelle Fame, and Noah Anderson for helpful comments on an earlier version of this manuscript; Erika Marín‐Spiotta and David Mogk for constructive reviews; and Peter Zeitler for editorial handling. The authors declare no conflicts of interest. Data Availability Statement: Data were not used, nor created for this research.
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Official Citation:Cooperdock, E. H. G., Chen, C. Y., Guevara, V. E., & Metcalf, J. R. (2021). Counteracting systemic bias in the lab, field, and classroom. AGU Advances, 2, e2020AV000353.
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