Geological Science and Engineering

Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering
Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering

GSGE Statement 

August 1, 2020 – The events over the last few months have made it clear that serious and systemic racial injustices and violence are being committed against Black people, Indigenous peoples, and minorities in Canada and elsewhere. We at the Queen’s University Geological Science and Geological Engineering Department condemn anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism, and the biases embedded in academic life. Addressing past and ongoing violence and discrimination against people of all communities - including, but not limited to, members of the Black, Indigenous, LBGTQ+, lower income, disability, and faith-based communities - requires both immediate action and continuous work, and we are committed to working towards building a welcoming and supportive environment for all members of these communities.

Our Commitment 

The GSGE Department recognizes that action is required, and we are taking the following steps:

  • We have formed a departmental Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity Committee in order to look into systems of oppression in our own department and to promote the creation of a more equitable and diverse community. We invite members of the community to provide feedback and volunteer to contribute to this committee, and our efforts.
  • We will write and establish a Code of Conduct to ensure discriminatory behaviours are not acceptable in our department.
  • We will commit to self-education and to listening about past and current racial injustices in geoscience and geological engineering.
  • We will actively work to create opportunities for diverse groups to learn and engage in geoscience and geological engineering education and research considering equity and sustainability.

Our actions will speak louder than our words.

EDI Committee Updates 

Winter 2021

Members of the Queen’s GSGE community, including the EDI committee, are participating in a broad departmental group that has formed a pod to participate in the 16 week Unlearning Racism in Geosciences (URGE) initiative which aims to provide concrete guidance to investigate, learn, and plan next steps to improve the diversity, equity, and inclusivity of our department and the geosciences as a whole. We hope that through weekly readings, internal pod discussions, and external panel interviews alongside students, professors, and professionals we can come to better understand the experience of BIPOC in a broad sense but with a focus on those who work or study in the geosciences. Each week focuses on a different topic and allows participants to examine the barriers and challenges for BIPOC individuals through a different lens. Through our agreement to the URGE program, we are committed to engaging with our Department Head about our discussions and ideas to ensure that our words can be successfully turned into actions. We encourage others to follow along with the curriculum and the progress of the Queen’s Geology Pod here:

We hope to use this knowledge to fuel ideas about what changes our EDI committee can make regarding the administration, culture, and curriculum of the Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering Department and the broader Queen’s community. 


Resources for those in the Queen's Community Experiencing Harassment, Discrimination and Human Rights Issues

The university has broad policies that cover discrimination and harassment for the Queen’s community as a whole and Queens employees. Students, faculty, and staff in the Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering as well as anyone in the broader Queen’s community have access to a number of on campus resources that provide confidential guidance on university policies and procedures, possible next steps, and available support for those experiencing harassment, discrimination, or otherwise not feeling included in the Queen’s community. These services aim to foster a better campus environment and allow you to decide whether any further action will be taken.

Queen's University Resources

Queen’s University - Administration’s Declaration of Commitment to Address Systemic Racism 

Queen's University, Resources, Programs and New Initiatives – Inclusive Queen’s 

Student Affairs – Inclusive Community 

Human Rights & Equity Office – Queen’s Equity Services 

Truth and Reconciliation Commission Task Force – Final Report 

Aboriginal Access to Engineering

Queen's Promise Scholar Program 

Queen's University Women in Science and Engineering  

Resources for Geoscientists and Geological Engineers 

AdvanceGeo Partnership – Community resources empowering geoscientists to transform workplace climates 

American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) – Canadian Region & Queen's University Chapter

Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG) – Resources on diversity, inclusion, and equity 

Center for First-Generation Student Success

Diverse Geologists – Resources for geoscientists & students 

Engineers Canada’s 30 by 30 network – Women in Engineering

Future RX Doc – A collection of career and research resources for geoscience graduate students

Indspire - Indigenous Education, Canada’s Future & Bursaries and Scholarships

International Association for Geoscience Diversity - Resources on racism and disability

GSA 2017 Pardee Symposium on Diversity in the Geosciences – Articles recommended by symposium participants 

National Alliance on Mental Illness – StigmaFree on Campus 

National Association of Black Geoscientists 

National Society of Black Engineers 

National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals Inc 

PDAC Indigenous Affairs Program 

Race and Racism in the Geosciences – Dutt (2020), Nature Geoscience 

Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science 

Society of Latinxs/Hispanics in Earth and Space Science 

The Geological Society – Diversity, equality and inclusion resources & opening the gate to accessible fieldwork 

Washington University in St. Louis Dept. Earth & Planetary Sciences – Bibliography of news and research on diversity in science

Women in Mining Canada & Indigenous Student Trailblazer Award

Community Position Statements

Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) – PDAC’s commitment to stand against racism and discrimination 

American Geophysical Union – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at AGU 

Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG) – AWG stands with our fellow Black and BIPOD geoscientists 

Geological Society of America (GSA) – Diversity in the Geosciences Community Position Statement & Diversity at GSA

International Association for Geoscience Diversity (IAGD) – Commitment to Social Justice and Our Community

No Time for Silence - A Call to Action for an Anti-Racist Science Community from Geoscientists of Color: Listen, Act, Lead

Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) – Supporting Positive Culture Change

Call for a Robust Anti-Racism Plan for The Geosciences 


EDI Committee Members

General Committee Email Address -

Name Email Position 

Heather Jamieson (Commitee Chair)

Anna Harrison

Assistant Professor

Joyce Hostyn

Adjunct Faculty Member 

Jean Hutchinson

Brittany Jennings

MEERL Program Manager

Matt Leybourne


Edward (Ted) Matheson

Postdoctoral Fellow

Sterling Mitchell Graduate Student 

Sharlotte Mkhonto Graduate Student 

Elisabeth Steel

Assistant Professor

Linda Tsuji

Miller Museum Curator