Towards diverse representation and inclusion in soil science in the United States. (Invited Commentary)

Carter, T.L. and Jennings, L.L. and Pressler, Y. and Gallo, A. C. and Berhe, A. A. and Marín-Spiotta, E. and Shepard, C. and Ghezzehei, T. A. and Vaughan., K. L.

Soil Science Society of America Journal, volume (1-6), pp. , 2020.

Abstract

Soil science is one of the least diverse subdisciplines within the agricultural, earth, and natural sciences. Representation within soil science does not currently reflect demographic trends in the U.S. We synthesize available data on the representation of historically marginalized groups in soil science in the U.S. and identify historical mechanisms contributing to these trends. We review education and employment information within academic and the federal government, land‐grant university participation, and available Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) membership data to gain insight into the current state of representation within soil sciences and implications for the future of this discipline. Across all domains of diversity, historically marginalized groups are underrepresented in soil science. We provide recommendations toward recognizing diversity within the field, improving and encouraging diversity within the SSSA, and suggested responses for both individuals and institutions toward improving diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Carter, T.L. and Jennings, L.L. and Pressler, Y. and Gallo, A. C. and Berhe, A. A. and Marín-Spiotta, E. and Shepard, C. and Ghezzehei, T. A. and Vaughan., K. L., Towards diverse representation and inclusion in soil science in the United States. (Invited Commentary), Soil Science Society of America Journal, (1-6):, 2020.

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@article{2021-Carteret-al,
  author = {Carter, T.L. and Jennings, L.L. and Pressler, Y. and Gallo, A. C. and Berhe, A. A. and Marín-Spiotta, E. and Shepard, C. and Ghezzehei, T. A. and Vaughan., K. L.},
  title = {Towards diverse representation and inclusion in soil science in the United States.  (Invited Commentary)},
  journal = {Soil Science Society of America Journal},
  volume = {},
  year = {2020},
  number = {1-6},
  pages = {},
  keywords = {antiracist, diversity, hostile climates, race, racism},
  doi = {10.1111/ejss.13078},
  pdf = {https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1111/ejss.13078},
  status = {published}
}

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antiracist, diversity, hostile climates, race, racism