Geology Department Community Contract
Successful teaching, learning, and research can only occur when students, faculty, and staff feel safe, secure, and supported. We want you to feel comfortable being yourself. We are thus dedicated to an inclusive and harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, socio-economic status, culture, membership in student organizations, and/or religion. Even when we are well-intentioned, we may not always be aware of how our words and actions impact others. We all must continually work to create a welcoming, just, and supportive environment for all. As a starting point, we expect all members of the community to respect our Community Contract:
• All communication, be it online or in person, should be considerate of people from all backgrounds and identities.
o When you speak or write, are you working to make others feel welcome and comfortable?
o Do you intervene (or "speak up") when you observe or hear inappropriate comments? This can be difficult to do; if you have trouble in the moment, seek out Geology Department faculty or staff for help.
o Contribute to discussions with a constructive, positive approach
o Be mindful of talking over others when discussing in groups, and be willing to hear out the ideas of others.
o Be clear and direct. We can't know how to help you if we don't know what you need. Please contact us if you have questions or are struggling or just want to talk about anything.
• Be kind to others. This includes:
o Respecting each of our differences
o Being mindful of how your actions and language may be perceived by others
o Using language that is respectful, thoughtful, and sensitive to the feelings of others
o Engaging in discussions and behaviors that make individuals and groups feel welcome, included, and safe in our community.
o Seek out and take seriously the ideas of others• Geoscientists are often visitors in the field, and we must recognize we are fortunate to be granted access to private and public places. When traveling, respect that others may have differing beliefs, cultures, values, resources, and experiences.
• We want departmental spaces to feel welcoming for all, like a home away from home. Treat these spaces - and those who care for them - with respect, keeping them clean. This includes classrooms, labs, the computer room, and vans
• Be respectful of the environment while working in the field, minimizing disturbance and practicing "leave no trace"
Given the type of community we aspire to create, the Geology Department rejects harassment and sexist, racist, or exclusionary comments (even when spoken as a "joke"). Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.
Please come talk to any faculty or staff member if you have any questions or comments.
Margaret Anne Hinkle
Emily Flowers Falls
Sarah Barrash Wilson
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