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AAG ALIGNED Department Toolkit (Beta)

Supporting Diversity Definition, Activities, Plans, and Assessment

The AAG ALIGNED Project is developing a spatial decision support tool to aid geography and geoscience departments to access the latest information and advice on how to enhance diversity, promote inclusion, and broaden participation in their academic programs.


Watch a brief demonstration of the toolkit here:


The BETA version of this toolkit is accessible to pilot departments for testing by clicking here or on the image below. NOTE: Login and Password Required

To log in as a guest, please use the following credentials:

LOGIN:  guest

PASSWORD: preview

(With thanks to the University of Washington Department of Geography.)



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Have you toured the Beta version? Let us know what you think. Take this user survey to help us keep improving this resource. 


Many thanks to our PILOT Data Testing DEPARTMENTS for their input and feedback:

California State University Long Beach, Hunter College City University of New York, Illinois State University, Oregon State University, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Temple University, Texas A&M University Geosciences, Texas A&M University Environmental Programs, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of North Carolina Wilmington, University of Texas at Austin, University of Washington Seattle, University of Wisconsin Colleges.

ALIGNED team and pilot departments test the toolkit at the AAG Annual Meeting. 2011. 



Our advisors with expertise in geosciences, education, diversity, spatial analysis and other relevant fields are contributing their extensive experience working with diversity enhancement on their campuses, including from community colleges to doctoral universities at a broad set of geographic locations across the country. The diverse team itself represents traditionally underrepresented groups, including women, ethnic minority, gay, and foreign-born researchers in recognition of the value of multiple perspectives to help mobilize and retool departments with better ways to learn where to find and how to connect with underrepresented groups, including how to convey the relevance of geography and geoscience careers.  


Principal Investigator

Dr. Patricia Solís, AAG Director of Outreach and Strategic Initiatives


Dr. Inés Miyares (City University of New York)

Senior Personnel

Dawn Wright (Oregon State University);Chrys Rodrigue (California State University—Long Beach); Michael Solem (AAG)

The ALIGNED Board of Advisors

Greg Chu, Cynthia Berlin; Darryl Cohen, US Bureau of the Census; Leslie Duram; Ken Foote, University of Colorado and AAG President; Wendy Jepson; Al Kuslikis, American Indian Higher Education Consortium; Victoria Lawson, University of Washington; Lisa Marshall; David Padgett, University of Tennessee; Renee Pualani Louis, AAG Indigenous Peoples’ Specialty Group and IGU Indigenous Peoples’ Knowledges and Rights Commission; Alex Ramirez, Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities; Rickie Sanders, Temple University; Rebecca Torres. 


AAG Staff

Jean McKendry, Joy Adams, Astrid Ng


Technical and Toolkit Mapping Work

Kevin Knapp, Tierra Plan LLC


ALIGNED Pilot Departments

Illinois State University, University of Missouri - Kansas City, University of North Carolina -Wilmington, University of Texas - Austin, Texas A&M University, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, Southern Illinois University - Carbondale