Emerging Geoscience Scholars Program
The Geoscience behind Resilient Infrastructure Careers: Unlocking the Intrinsic Value of Diverse Communities
AGU Annual Conference - New Orleans - Dec. 13 to 17, 2021
About the Program
The Emerging Geoscience Scholars Program (now the ASU FLAGSHIP - Future Leaders and Geoscience High-road Internship Program) aims to increase our capacity for a resilient and sustainable infrastructure and advance climate justice, by ensuring that the geoscience and the wider infrastructure workforce of the future adopts values and methods that center on and embrace the core values of equity, justice, and inclusiveness - from diversity comes strength. A sustainable future workforce for the geosciences must be composed of, and ultimately led by, people of color, Native Americans, and immigrants. It must start now with this rising generation.
Through the Emerging Geoscience Scholars (EGS) model, 23 interns from traditionally underrepresented communities, disconnected youth, veterans, and transitional (unemployed or underemployed) people were engaged to investigate US infrastructure careers and share their findings as emerging professionals at a major geoscience conference, the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in New Orleans.
In doing so, the Interns:
● Built their knowledge base of “mission-critical” jobs in environmental infrastructure
● Networked with local and national professionals-including Bay Area employers.
● Gained an understanding of infrastructure career pathways and career-readiness
● Learned about the skills and training needed to qualify for these opportunities.