IDEA Working/Reading Group

The goal of the EPS IDEA Working Groups and Reading Group, formed in Fall 2020, is to provide a forum for learning, discussing and acting upon issues related to inclusion, diversity, equity, and anti-racism. The IDEA Reading Group was currently lead by the four IDEA Working Groups. Current working groups are: 

1). The Disability, Mental Health & Chronic Illness Working Group (DiMhCi). Current coordinators Ashley Arroyo ( and Jonathan Wolf (

2).  International Community/First Generation student Working Group (IC-FG).  Current coordinator Jingjun Liu ( 

3). Womxn in Earth and Planetary Sciences at Yale (WEPSY).  A mentoring, professional development, and support network for all women and nonbinary EPS department members. We sponsor monthly mentoring meetings, social events, and an annual EPS Women in Science Day. Current coordinator Jenn Kasbohm (

Past reading group topics include:

Race and racism in the geosciences, diversity and inclusion in the field, Yale and New Haven, discussion of “picture a scientist,”, specificity and segregation, demographics and faculty hiring, and the URGE (Unlearning Racism in Geoscience) program.

Contact the IDEA committee with questions or ideas for future topics.