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The Unlearning Racism in Geosciences (URGE) program helps groups of geoscientists create, implement, and assess anti-racist policies and resources for their workplace.
Geoscientists of Color and White Geoscientists collaborated during the program. This study uses data from two surveys and five discussion groups to assess the effectiveness of their collaborations. We found that participating GoC want to continue working with White colleagues on anti-racist work and want White colleagues to continue taking leadership roles. The collaborations improve when White colleagues (a) stay on the topic of race, (b) follow through on actions, (c) educate themselves on anti-racism, and (d) stop using offensive and oppressive language that hurts People of Color. Additionally, future programs like URGE should invest in training people on how to talk about racism and adhere to the behavioral guidelines, especially ones that describe mechanisms for handling complaints against those who continue to use offensive language and behavior.
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