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  • Writer's pictureJoanne Jacobs

Geology is 'rock heavy,' light on queer BIPOC mentors

Geology is "rock heavy," complained a geology major in a recent survey, reports Daniel Nuccio on College Fix. Classes are very light on "indigenous knowledge."


In her master’s thesis, Willa Rowan of Western Washington University found white students “had stronger geoscience identities than BIPOC male students, with much of the difference concentrated in the performance/competence domain of geoscience identity.” In short, whites -- especially white males -- were more confident. ("Geoscience" is the new name for geology.)


“Sometimes I feel like my professors don’t respect me for my knowledge and I am a bit self-conscious of how much geoscience knowledge I lack,” said one student in a survey.


“BIPOC students, especially female and non-binary students, were more likely to report struggles with mental health and feelings of inadequacy,” writes Rowan.


Students complained of not seeing "anyone like me" in the field. "I have so far had one BIPOC/API teacher who was queer, and one white queer teacher," a student said. "But I have never had a teacher with a mix like mine and is also transgender and queer like me.”


With all the new genders, I can imagine how difficult it would be to find a same-identity mentor.


In addition, field work was physically demanding and sometimes not accessible to the handicapped, said students. They also complained about the cost of field trips.


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24 sept 2023

"'Sometimes I feel like my professors don’t respect me for my knowledge and I am a bit self-conscious of how much geoscience knowledge I lack,' said one student in a survey."


Cognitive dissonance or stupidity? Or should I embrace the power of "and"?

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24 sept 2023

"In addition, field work was physically demanding and sometimes not accessible to the handicapped, said students."


My understanding is that blind people are ineligible for drivers licenses.

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24 sept 2023
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When college students are surveyed about their college experience, the lack and poor quality of counselling are two issues that always come up. How many academics are doing to tell someone that they should not major in petroleum engineering because they will never get a job on a drilling platform off shore or in a rural place. How many academics are going to tell someone that majoring in fashion merchandising is never going to work for many students because their family cannot support the low paid entry level positions in NYC.


Colleges have been accused of telling student to pursue their passions without explaining all of the obstacles involved in pursuing many of those passions.

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23 sept 2023

Lacking geoscience knowledge; compared to fellow students (of whatever type)? My remedy is either study to catch up or find another major. Harsh, perhaps, but geoscience is, by definition, ”rock heavy”. It also has fieldwork, so it’s not something that everyone is physically able to do. I’m not physically able to be a professional in many fields and lack the talent to be an engineer, a musician, an artist or many other things. It’s called the real world; stop whining and deal with it.

Back in my day, when the dinosaurs roamed, freshman weeder classes culled the herd first and the tough majors all had a class or two that culled more aspiring majors. Invertebrate anatomy, physical chemistry, structur…

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21 sept 2023

But there are almost no straight white male mentors in theater, fashion, make up, or even nursing. What does making such an argument show?

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