invitation-only conference brought together representatives
of scientific societies and professional organizations that
support the Earth and space sciences community in order to
identify new strategies for increasing the participation of
women, minorities, and persons with disabilities in these
disciplines. The conference allowed the exchange of information
among participating organizations about the need for promoting
diversity within the geosciences community and identifying
the key underpinning issues that surround this topic.
focus of this conference was consideration of the unique resources
that non-government, non-academic organizations can contribute
toward efforts to increase diversity and the merits of working
together as a coalition on this issue. New and innovative
strategies that can only be implemented through a collaborative
approach were explored.