AWG’s Laramide Chapter Is Hosting A Workshop on Bystander Intervention Training

In an effort to combat racism and other “isms”, the Association for Women Geoscientists’ (AWG) Laramide Chapter is hosting a Bystander Intervention Workshop training! You will learn practical knowledge and strategies about what YOU CAN DO to combat unfair treatment of people of color, women, and other unfairly treated groups in professional and personal settings. The first session is this weekend, (3/27/2021) so get signed up! Please forward to people/groups you think would be interested in this topic. The sign-up link is:

Did I mention – the workshop is FREE!

Additional details – the AWG Laramide Chapter is hosting two Bystander Intervention workshops lead by Other Orb Consulting.

About this Event

These workshops are interactive events designed to engage participants in conversation about difficult topics including, but not limited to, racial-, sexual-, religion-, age-, gender-, and sexuality-based harassment, bullying, and exclusion.

The goals of the workshops are to:

• Raise awareness of barriers to helping.

• Raise awareness of helpful behaviors.

• Increase desire and motivation to help.

• Develop skills and confidence to help.

• Ensure the safety and well-being of attendees.

Workshops will be held virtually (via Zoom) and are intended for geoscience students, staff, faculty, scientists, etc. in academic, government, private, non-profit, and/or industry settings, but anyone is welcome to attend. Seating is limited and advanced registration is required.

Attendance is free and open to all, however donations are accepted and will go towards AWG Laramide Chapter Scholarships.

Linking One Woman’s Geoscience Career to Gender Equity

Coinciding with International Women’s Day and Women’s History month, I did a zoom meeting last week with students and faculty in the Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Seminar at the University of Northern Colorado. My zoom presentation was – “Linking One Woman’s Geoscience Career to Gender Equity Progress. Here’s the abstract of the Powerpoint slideshow that I presented (a pdf of the Powerpoint slideshow is available upon request):

My geoscience career encompasses the time period from the early 1970’s to the present and includes work in academia, government, and private sectors. As such, it becomes a good template to use in thinking about gender equity throughout that time. Data from a recent Pew Research Center Survey suggests that gender equity milestones of the last century include women’s right to vote (1920), the Equal Pay Act (1963), and the Family and Medical Leave Act (1993). In my opinion, the 1972 Equal Employment Opportunity Act and Title IX should also be included in these milestones. My career time line falls after the first two gender equity milestones and then continues through the enactment times of the other federal legislation cited above. Consequently, it’s instructive to review the various situations that I encountered both as a university student in undergraduate to graduate programs and then in the professional world, and to compare those circumstances to the present time. Data collected and summarized most recently by various organizations indicate that although gender equity progress has been made throughout the decades, it may currently be dramatically slowed or even stalled. Additionally, of significant concern now is “America’s First Female Recession” brought on by the loss of women in the workforce due to Covid-19 and its resulting effects on gender equity.