Building Inclusive Communities and Diverse Departments, Supporting Women in Geography 8th Annual Panel

Type: Virtual Panel
Theme: Black Geographies Specialty Group Curated Track
Sponsor Groups: Feminist Geographies Specialty Group, Queer and Trans Geographies Specialty Group, Black Geographies Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/8/2021
Start / End Time: 4:40 PM / 5:55 PM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 10
Organizers: Vivian Rodriguez Rocha, Jacklyn Weier
Chairs: Vivian Rodriguez Rocha

Call for Submissions

Issues of diversity in Geography have received attention, including: the whiteness of the discipline (e.g, Pulido 2002, ), continued sexual harassment in departments (e.g, Mansfield et al. 2019), or the geographic barriers to creating diverse communities (Adams et al. 2013). Additionally, feminist scholars have called for other ways of diversifying, such as with citational practices (Ahmed 2017, Mott & Cockayne 2017). We draw inspiration from these works for this panel, and aim to expand on these ideas by considering the following:

- Potential tactics and strategies for diversifying departments, including faculty and student recruitment and retention
- How initiatives like the Harassment Free AAG facilitate discussion about underrepresented groups in Geography
- What is the role of citational practices in creating a more inclusive discipline and how to successfully negotiate citational politics vis à vis canonical hierarchies in different settings (e.g. when trying to publish, in the classroom, interdisciplinarily, etc.)
- Obstacles to diversity inside university departments and institutional settings and how to address them
- Making the discipline more receptive to new and diverse methods, theories, and pedagogies
-Experiences in a non-inclusive discipline or department, and how these experiences can be productive towards diversifying strategies
- Building instructive and supportive mentor/mentee relationships with underrepresented students and faculty

The panel is organized by Penn State's Supporting Women in Geography organization, a graduate student-run advocacy group which aims to support women and other underrepresented groups within the discipline of geography.

Adams, Joy, Patricia Solis, and Jean McKendry. 2014. "The Landscape of Diversity in U.S. Higher Education Geography." The Professional Geographer 66 (2): 183-194.
Ahmed, Sara. 2017. Living a Feminist Life. Durham: Duke University Press.
Mansfield, Becky, et al. 2019. "It's Time to Recognize How Men's Careers Benefit from Sexually Harassing Women in Academia." Human Geography 12 (1): 82-87.
Mott, Carrie, and Daniel Cockayne. 2017. "Citation Matters: Mobilizing the Politics of Citation toward a Practice of 'Conscientious Engagement'." Gender, Place & Culture 24 (7): 954-973.
Pulido, Laura. 2002. "Reflections on a White Discipline." The Professional Geographer 54 (1): 42-49.


This panel intends to address the challenges of inclusivity and diversity in departments and non-academic institutions. Here we define diversity broadly, considering the cross-cutting aspects of race, gender, sexuality, indigeneity, disability, and other overlapping subjectivities. We hope to bring together panelists and audience members interested in and committed to facilitating discussion around building inclusive communities and diverse departments in Geography.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Panelist Ann Oberhauser Iowa State University 10 4:40 PM
Panelist Shannon O'Lear University of Kansas 10 4:50 PM
Panelist Karen Johnson-Webb Bowling Green State University 10 5:00 PM
Panelist Eden Kinkaid University of Arizona - Geography & Development 10 5:10 PM
Panelist Emily Kaufman University of Kentucky 10 5:20 PM
Introduction Vivian Rodriguez Rocha Penn State University 10 5:30 PM

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