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Open Forum on Diversity in Geography

Type: Panel
Theme: Expanding the Community of Geography
Sponsor Groups: Careers and Professional Development
Poster #:
Day: 4/9/2020
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 4:35 PM (Mountain Standard Time)
Room: Virtual Track 14
Organizers: Mark Revell, Arvind Bhuta
Chairs: Arvind Bhuta


Recent data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) confirms what most geographers have long been aware of: geography is significantly less diverse, both in terms of gender and race/ethnicity, compared with all of higher education. According to the NCES, recipients of bachelor’s degrees in geography and cartography were 62 percent male and 38 percent female in 2017-18, while bachelor’s degrees awarded across all fields were 57 percent female and 43 percent male. Whites accounted for 70 percent of bachelor’s degrees awarded in geography and cartography, and only 61 percent across all of higher education.

This open forum is meant to facilitate a conversation on the state of diversity in geography with AAG leadership, including AAG Council members, members of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee, diversity-related specialty and affinity group chairs, geography department chairs, and AAG Diversity Ambassadors. Panelists will share their experiences as leaders in promoting and celebrating diversity within the AAG and throughout the discipline of geography and reflect on the challenges associated with increasing diversity in geography in terms of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, and other social factors. The discussion will range from K-12 through graduate school and beyond, including geography faculty and practicing geographers. A discussion between the panelists and audience members about the next steps that can be taken to further encourage the growing diversity in our discipline will follow.


Type Details Minutes
Discussant Kathleen Schroeder Appalachian State University 15
Discussant Trushna Parekh Texas Southern University 15
Discussant Wei Li Arizona State University 15
Discussant Rebecca Lave Indiana University 15
Discussant Shireen Hyrapiet Houston Community College 15

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