Program Overview

The initial LANDInG cohorts of participants are funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation. There is no cost to participants.

The Landing Community of Practice is open to all persons interested in either learning more about DEI, or interested in better understanding and helping to advance evidence based DEI practices though web-based curated resources and engaging in a network of active communications with others. Different from the Community of Practice, selection to the LANDInG Academy is limited to those selected through a competitive application process for a designed learning experience coupled with and a high impact DEI project selected by the participant.

AGU membership is not required to participate in either the Community of Practice, or the LANDInG Academy.

LANDInG Academy is designed for those interested in growing their skills and impact on leading advancements in DEI. Cohort participants will receive specialized exposure to and reinforcement of evidence-based DEI scholarship and leadership practices. Participants will also receive mentorship and resources support in leading a DEI change initiative at their home institution. In doing so, participants are also provided career-enhancing national speaking and publications opportunities.

Commumity of Practice

Instructions on how to join the COP will be made available when the COP launches this summer.

AGU membership is not required to participate in either the Community of Practice, or the LANDInG Academy.

LANDInG CoP channels, are pre-selected discussion topics for sharing and learning information on a specific subject.  It allows you to more readily find information needed without a broad search.

LANDInG CoP Ambassadors are DEI knowledgeable individuals who proactively promote and spearhead discussion on the Community of Practice.

Participants in CoP channels should assume that all conversations are available for viewing or discovery by others in the CoP.

LANDInG Academy Participation eligibility and applications

Update on Cohort 1 Applications for LANDInG Academy

LANDInG Academy applications for the 2021-2023 cohort closed on June 15.

Thank you to all who applied for the Academy’s first cohort! The LANDInG leadership team, comprised of ~30 Steering Committee and Advisory Board members, recommended that the inaugural cohort of Academy participants focus on building capacity for those individuals at mid-career and in positions to effect change at a U.S. academic, academic-adjacent, or research institutions. Future cohorts of participants in the LANDInG Academy will comprise geoscientists at different career stages, from other career sectors as well as those from around the world.

Cohort 1 participants will be limited to U.S. Citizens and green card holders only.  Later cohorts will expand to include non-U.S.  participation.

Based on current program funding, we anticipate Cohort 1 will be limited to 9 or 10 persons.  We anticipate future cohort sizes to expand to an increased number of participants for each cohort class targeting 12-15 per cohort.

Each successful application should be prepared to a 2-year cohort commitment.  Year-1 is designed for DEI learning; Year-2 is designed for DEI project execution, plus LANDInG capstone event.

While there are virtual components to LANDInG academy curriculum, travel is required for successful LANDInG Academy cohort participants.  All travel expenses are reasonably compensated following federal and AGU travel guidelines. A Cohort 1 calendar of required meetings is found here.

Applications for the first cohort are currently under review. Announcement of selected LANDInG Academy Fellows will occur in mid-September.

Finalists in this process will be invited to interview (virtually) with the LANDInG team in late August, 2021. Finalists will need to provide a second letter of support from the same supervisor or higher authority in their organization who attested to their department's/college's/organization's commitment to DEI. This second letter of support should detail institutional commitment (resources and recognition) to the candidate’s successful participation in the Academy and implementation of a Broadening Participation Leadership Project, to be developed during the first year of participation. Guidance regarding the types of resources one might consider valuable to successful participation is provided below.

Finalists who are invited to interview will be notified by August 11th; secondary letters of support must be received at [email protected] by 5pm PST August 27.

Non-geoscientists are eligible to apply to LANDInG Academy.  Cohort 1 applicants should be prepared to articulate how their work is anticipated to impact the geoscience community, or advancement of a diverse and inclusive science culture if selected.

AGU membership is not required to participate in either the Community of Practice, or the LANDInG Academy.

Participants from Tribal Colleges/Two Year Colleges are fully eligible to apply and participate in LANDInG Academy

LANDInG is being planned to run well into the future, beyond the current four-year grant funding.

Non-geoscientists are eligible to apply to LANDInG Academy.  Cohort 1 applicants should be prepared to articulate how their work is anticipated to impact the geoscience community, or advancement of a diverse and inclusive science culture if selected.

  • Consider your own interests in effecting change to inform and shape your request for resources. For example, are you most interested in changes that support student or faculty success, institutional policy, etc.?
  • Consider the types of support most likely to be of value to you in participating in the Academy (including time to attend meetings, participate in activities and complete assignments, develop a project etc.):
    • What kinds of support would be necessary and valuable to advance your plan for change?
    • How best can your institution support you in your DEI change endeavors? For example:
      • Would your institution consider offering an adjustment in effort (e.g., teaching, service or scholarship reduction) to afford your time to participate in Academy meetings/activities and to develop and implement a Broadening Participation Leadership project?
      • What fiscal resources would your institution be willing to provide in support of implementing a future project?
      • What other resources might your institution commit to support you in proposing and implementing a project (space, event planning, administrative support)?
      • How will your institution recognize the value of your participation? For example, will your participation count toward meeting expectations for future promotion or leadership opportunities?
      • Will your institution support you in requesting data needed to inform identifying areas of need for enhancing DEI success on your campus?
      • Will your institution allow you to communicate your ideas and plans with other stakeholders within and beyond your institution?
  • Your institution should recognize the importance of your proposed efforts. Fellows will spend about 50 hours of instructional contact over the two years of LANDInG Academy; additional effort is expected in preparation for meetings, travel, and implementation of projects.
  • Be sure to work collaboratively with the person who writes your letter. Clarity and understanding of the institution’s commitment at the start will ensure success down the road.
  • Because Academy participants may not yet fully understand their institution’s DEI needs and therefore cannot anticipate the full scope of their proposed projects, we do not expect a fully scoped plan for change. Instead, we ask that you engage in a conversation with your institution’s leadership to gain commitments to your success coupled with minimum commitments they can offer. A general idea of the institution’s commitment is all that is required.