Diversity & Inclusion Events

RISE to the Occasion

GSA supports Respectful Inclusive Scientific Events and is committed to ensuring a safe and welcoming environment for all participants. [more]

Pardee Keynote Symposium:

The Changing Face of Geoscience in the 21st Century: Increasing Diversity and Inclusion to Solve Complex Problems

Sunday, 22 October, 2-5:30 p.m., Washington State Convention Center (WSCC), Ballroom 6A


No Means No: How to Step Up and Stop Harassment

Monday, 23 October, noon-1:30 p.m., WSCC, Ballroom 6B
The damage done by harassers and bullies begins with those they target. It extends to those who witness or hear about it. Learn how to recognize harassment for what it is, how to decide when to step up and step in, and approaches and methods that work to stop harassing and bullying behavior.

GSA Diversity and On To the Future Alumni Reception

Tuesday, 24 Oct., 5:30-7 p.m., Sheraton Seattle Hotel, Willow A
The GSA Diversity in the Geosciences Committee invites all to attend a reception to share ideas and celebrate diversity with the geoscience community. The 2017 On To the Future awardees will be recognized with a special keynote from the 2017 Bromery Awardee. Appetizers and a cash bar provided.

GLBT Social

Tuesday, 7:15-10 p.m., Palomino Restaurant, 1420 5th Ave, Seattle, Washington.

CART Services

For the first time GSA will offer CART (Communication Access Real-time Translation) services for all Pardee Keynote Sessions in Ballroom 6A throughout the week, as well as the following four events (which will also be live-streamed):

  • GSA Presidential Address & Awards Ceremony
    WSCC, Sunday, 22 Oct., noon-1:30 p.m.
    GSA President Isabel Montañez will give her Presidential Address, titled, “Mind the Gap”: GSA’s Role in an Evolving Global Society. Top awards will be presented to luminaries in the field.
  • Feed Your Brain: Lunchtime Enlightenment
    Each day, WSCC, 23-25 Oct., 12:15-1:15 p.m.
    • Monday: Award-winning author, David B. Williams, speaks on, "The Protean City: Reshaping the Seattle Landscape."
    • Tuesday: John (Jack) Shroder, Senior Research Scholar, Center for Afghanistan Studies, University of Nebraska at Omaha and 2017 Halbouty lecturer, speaks on, "Afghanistan Resources: Rapacious Extraction, Ruined Environments, and Chaos Continuation?"
    • Wednesday: Laurance Donnelly, Chair, International Union of Geological Sciences, Initiative on Forensic Geology, speaks on, "Forensic Geology: The Applications of Geology to Police and Law Enforcement."

Self-Care Room

A "self-care" room for attendees' comfort and convenience is available for personal needs during the meeting. Waterfall Suite, Atrium Lobby (check for details with GSA Registration Staff).


GSA is continuing its 10+ year tradition of providing childcare options for families onsite, and will be adding a Junior Geologist option for children accompanying parents to the meeting. Find out more onsite at Registration or the Annual Meeting Office, WSCC Room 401.

RISE - Talk to me.

Incidents and concerns around issues of harassment onsite should be reported to a GSA staff member or leader wearing a GSA RISE button, or stop by the Annual Meeting Office, room 401 at the WSCC. Reports may also be emailed to gsaeventscode@gmail.com or given by text or call to +1-720-507-7523.

GSA endeavors to provide a universally accessible meeting; please let us know if you have special requests with regard to the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact the GSA Meetings Department for additional information or assistance (meetings@geosociety.org).