IDEA Working/Reading Group

The goal of the EPS IDEA Working Groups and monthly 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 monthly 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. Meet at Wedensday from 10:15 am to 11:15 am at the Good Life Center inside the Schwarzman Center. Current coordinator Tim Gibson( 

2).  International Community/First Generation student(IC-FG) Working Group. Discuss and take actions concerning the first generation student, international students and scholars at EPS.  Meet over zoom on Thursday from 5-6 pm, bi-weekly. Current corrdinator 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:

Contact coordinator Jennifer Kasbohm ( with questions or ideas for future topics, or to obtain copies of past readings.

1/29/21 – This semester the IDEA reading group is following the curriculum of the URGE (Unlearning Racism in Geoscience) program – more information is at

12/11/20 – So You Want to Talk About Race #2 (“How to talk about affirmative action?” and “What is the model minority myth?”)  (led by Maureen Long)

11/13/20 – Specificity and Segregation (led by Ruth Blake)

10/23/20 – Discussion of “Picture a Scientist” (led by Jenn Kasbohm)

10/9/20 – So You Want to Talk About Race #1 (“Is it really about race?” and “What is racism?”) (led by Maureen Long)

9/25/20 – Yale and New Haven (led by Tom Reershemius Matras)

9/4/20 – Diversity and Inclusion in the Field (led by Sophie Westacott)

8/12/20 – Race and Racism in the Geosciences (led by Jenn Kasbohm)