Spring 2021 Keynote with Dr. Aradhna Tripati

Dr. Aradhna Tripati (she/they) is an Associate Professor at UCLA Earth and Planetary Sciences, and Founder and Director of the Center for Diverse Leadership in Science, the nation’s first university center for diversity in environmental science. CDLS annual report


She has received numerous awards for her research in paleoclimatology and clumped isotope geochemistry, for her education and outreach programs, and received a Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering from President Obama and the White House Office for Science, Technology, and Policy, and the National Science Foundation’s CAREER award. And she's been on Jimmy Kimmel Live and CNN!

Keynote Talk
Transforming STEM: Changing the culture and widening the pathways
Friday May 21st, 1:00 - 2:30 PM PDT

In this presentation, Dr. Aradhna Tripati (UCLA) will show how she built communities of learning and practice to advance a culture of inclusion at the nation’s first university center for diversity in environmental science. By sharing key findings from pilot and demographic work, she will answer the questions: How can data and interventions transform science? How can we achieve systemic change and prioritize the retention of diverse scholars, improve institutional climates, and support faculty and early career development?  

The keynote lecture is open to the public. Zoom registration required to attend webinar. ASL interpretation and CART captioning will be provided during Zoom Webinar. For disability-related accommodation requests or questions, please e-mail Thi Truong, truonthi@oregonstate.edu

We will also stream the talk live on our YouTube channel! To watch, go to our channel at the event start time. Note: ASL interpretation and captions only available through the webinar.

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We are grateful for support from our generous co-sponsors, who not only supported this work in previous years, but have continued to support student activities during the pandemic. We appreciate your commitment to an engaged and inclusive community.

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In addition, we would like to highlight their 2020 SAFE video and a montage of current ARCS scholars. Thank you for your generous support!

Other scheduled events

Undergraduate Conversation
"Things I know and things I wish I knew"
Reflections from 25 years of a Woman of Color in Science
Thursday May 20th, 2:00 - 3:30 PM PDT

This workshop is open to all currently enrolled undergraduate students, (including non-OSU students!). Students from all disciplines are encouraged to join a workshop and student conversation with Dr. Aradhna Tripati.

Geology & Geophysics Seminar
Carbonate clumped isotope geochemistry as an applied tool in paleoceanography and paleoclimate
Thursday May 20th, 4:00 - 5:00 PM PDT
In the coming weeks, seminar information will be found on CEOAS seminars and lectures
Women of Color in Geosciences Panel
Reflections on "doing the work"
Friday May 21st 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM PDT


Dr. Aradhna Tripati (UCLA)

Dr. Raquel Bryant (TAMU)

Dr. Adriana Guatame-García (TU Delft)

Dr. Haunani Kane (ASU)

How do we sustain ourselves and our community? Join us for the closing event, where we invite Dr. Aradhna Tripati and panelists to reflect on doing the work as a woman of color in the geosciences. Folks in the Geology & Geophysics discipline may recognize the panelists from their contributions towards this Winter's Seminar series! The panel represents a wide range of disciplines from geomorphology, paleoceangraphy to mining geology, in addition to offering perspectives from working in academia and industry.


Intentional and interactive facilitated Q&A is intended. Attendees may be asked to discuss questions among themselves, but this is not required. This event is geared towards Oregon State University community, however, non-OSU guests are welcome

Dr. Aradhna Tripati: Founder and Director, Center for Diverse Leadership in Science, UCLA “Things I know and things I wish I knew” Undergraduate workshop Reflections from 25 years of being a Woman of Color in Geoscience Thursday, May 20 2:00 -3:30 PM PD  Zoom RSVP https://beav.es3J6 Accommodations: contact Jenn WA at unpackingdiversity.ceoas@gmail.com, or 503-893-4852  Unpacking Diversity CEOAS PLC presents:Biographical information from this page, and Dr. Tripati grew up in Los Angeles, and is the daughter of immigrants from Fiji.  Are you a current OSU undergraduate student who is interested in a path in STEM and want to learn about resources on and off campus? All currently enrolled undergraduate students, including eCampus, are welcome to attend!  Sponsoredby:OfficeofInstitutionalDiversity|PCOSW|ARCSFoundationOregon|OSUGraduateSchool|OregonSeaGrant|CollegeofEngineering|OSUPostdoctoralAssociation|MarineResourceManagementProgram

More information

Accessibility: We aim to make this invite as accessible as possible. The keynote talk will have CART captioning (enabled by clicking the CC button) and ASL interpreters (will be visible and pinned in the Webinar). Please email Jenn WA (unpackingdiversity.ceoas@gmail.com) for requests related to the Undergraduate Event and Thi Truong (truonthi@oregonstate.edu) for requests related to the Panel Discussion. 


Over the past two years, we have invited you to join our sessions to learn about disability and ableism, the history and social context of oceanography and geology, and strategies to build an inclusive culture. We are grateful that folks still attended as we transitioned to virtual sessions over Zoom.


We planned to conclude the year with a facilitated session by an OSU scholar who had improved their departmental climate, and offered a case study for us to explore. While we successfully hosted three Unpacking Diversity sessions, our schedule did not permit a final session where we could learn from a case study...


Fortunately, this year's Unpacking Diversity invited keynote speaker is a celebrated scientist who is known for their model of transformational leadership across the Earth and environmental sciences. We are thrilled to announce the 2021 Keynote Speaker, Dr. Aradhna Tripati, from UCLA, to share her findings about transformative change at the institutional level.

Aradhna Tripati is seen standing, in a laboratory. She is speaking with a group of 7 students who have formed a semi-circle in front of her. They are listening to Aradhna, facing away from the camera. Some are wearing labcoats. Lab machinery is seen in the foreground and background.