Diversity at GSA

DEI Member Update – [2 April 2021]

As yet another segment of our citizenry comes under senseless attack in America, GSA would like to refocus attention on our 1 June Statement About Diversity, Ethics & Inclusion, and be very clear that it includes our Asian colleagues.

GSA moves forward with DEI – [2 February 2021]

Update from President J. Douglas Walker, 2 February 2021

GSA is taking major steps to address Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in the society. We now have four Council-implemented ad hoc committees and working groups in place to assess four key areas of governance and planning:

Action and Progress Toward GSA's DEI Goals – [14 December 2020]

The Geological Society of America continues moving forward with actions to support our public commitments to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

GSA wins NSF Geosciences ASCEND Award – [16 September 2020]

The Geological Society of America is excited to announce a new initiative in partnership with the University of Arkansas, University of Florida, James Madison University, and the University of Texas-Austin and funded by the National Science Foundation.

Advancing GSA’s Mission Toward Greater Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – [26 August 2020]

Each year, GSA holds a leadership retreat to focus on critical issues for our Society. Such concentrated time allows for in-depth learning, analysis, and discussion. This year’s retreat, held on 22-23 August, was focused on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Accountability Update – [25 June 2020]

On 1 June, GSA issued a statement affirming our solidarity with our fellow Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) colleagues and their families in facing injustice. Since then, a lot has happened inside and outside GSA.

GSA's Commitment to Diversity

The Geological Society of America (GSA) affirms its belief and commitment to diversity and will continue to develop its diverse base. GSA is dedicated to maintaining an organizational climate where differing ideas, abilities, backgrounds, and needs are fostered with opportunities for members from divergent experiences to participate and contribute. GSA recognizes that diverse perspectives are important and necessary for responsible and representative decision making and leadership. Therefore, GSA strongly encourages the participation in any GSA activity of all its members regardless of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, creed, religion, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, medical condition, pregnancy, education, class, political affiliation, or parental status, and will undertake reasonable efforts to ensure that its activities are open to all.

Read GSA's official position statement on Diversity in the Geosciences Community.


Ways members can take individual action to promote positive change:

  • Learn more about GSA’s actions to support diversity, equity, and inclusion in the geosciences
  • Let us know how we can strengthen the professional culture so you can succeed. Email your suggestions to diversity@geosociety.org
  • Renew your membership so that you can vote in spring elections to choose your leaders

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