Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The International Association for Geoscience Diversity

(Christopher Atchison, IAGD)

The International Association for Geoscience Diversity (IAGD) is composed of higher education faculty, staff and students, geoscience industry representatives, disabilities education researchers and members of the global community. This organization is charged with identifying current research opportunities and instructional best practices for underrepresented students with disabilities, while seeking to raise awareness of improving access and exposure to the geoscience disciplines for students and geoscientists with disabilities.

The establishment of a national advisory group began in November, 2008, with consultant and advisory roles being accepted by several key stakeholders in the geosciences, disabilities education and various research organizations. Through interest from international colleagues, in November of 2010, the advisory expanded to the global community. In January of 2013, the organization formalized into an international association, with membership across the United States and in several countries. With a membership approved Constitution and Bylaws, and an elected Executive Committee, the IAGD is spearheading awareness of improving access, accommodation and inclusion for students, faculty, and geoscientists with disabilities in the geosciences.

The IAGD maintains an online repository of instructional materials and resources to promote full inclusion for students with disabilities in geoscience courses and training programs.  Additional materials and resources are always needed, and welcome.  Current geoscience research is also promoted through the IAGD.  If your geoscience research is focused on or can be tied to accessibility, please share your work with the IAGD network.  To inquire about promoting current research, or submitting materials and resources to the IAGD repository, please write to Membership within the IAGD network is open to everyone. There are no annual dues or membership fees to be a member of the IAGD network. To join, visit and click on the "Join Today" button.