The President's Page: Increasing minority participation in the geophysical sciences [Guest Editorial]


  • Kennard O. Whitfield


Perhaps the most ignored yet among the most vital resources in the community are the indigenous talents of members of the ethnic minority groups (black Americans, Spanish surname Americans, Indian Americans) and women. Today only a very limited number of persons from these groups have the professional training and experience to assume professional leadership in the geophysical sciences and related fields.

This fact presents community leaders, educational institutions, and professional societies with a crucial problem-how to develop and utilize the skills of a larger corps of minority specialists in the geophysical professions. Hence the critical question that faces the AGU Committee on Minorities is How can the American Geophysical Union use its resources, most of which are intellectual, with the greatest leverage to increase minority participation in the geophysical sciences both in the short term and over the next generation?