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Enhancing Diversity, Promoting Inclusion, Broadening Participation

These are goals within the discipline that are central to the AAG and its mission. While the AAG develops and fosters many activities that are focused on diversity, these goals are also integrated in ongoing association functions and actions.

ALIGNED Department Toolkit and Support Project

The AAG's ALIGNED project, a three-year pilot study funded by the NSF, seeks to align the needs of university departments and underrepresented students by drawing upon the intellectual wealth of the discipline to inform and transform ways in which departments envision and realize their own goals to enhance diversity.  NSF reviewers called the effort “an innovative and potentially transformative project with substantial merit, a refreshingly creative approach to understanding how we might improve recruitment and retention of underrepresented students in the geoscience- related fields.”

 Learn more about the ALIGNED project's unique approach

 Learn more about the ALIGNED project outcomes and findings

 Take a tour of the ALIGNED toolkit and discover helpful resources

Catalyzing Research on Geographies of Broadening Participation

The National Science Foundation has awarded $100,000 in funding to the AAG to engage scholars in geography and the spatial sciences in a research project designed to organize and inspire the geography and spatial science community to focus its unique disciplinary perspectives and significant scholarly capacity to address how to leverage the intellectual capacity of the discipline to broaden participation in higher education.  Learn more or participate.

AAG Diversity Ambassadors

Volunteers share their experiences and give advice about college life, graduate school, job searches, networking, navigating the AAG Annual Conferences, and more to graduate or undergraduate students. Faculty or employers who are looking to implement activities to achieve greater diversity in their programs and workforces, and who wish to converse about ideas and experiences are also welcomed. This informal venue seeks to provide an open forum to share recent success stories, engage in conversations regarding recruiting and retention strategies, understanding student and faculty mentoring needs, improving departmental climate, and other insights from the unique perspectives of the ambassadors.

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AAG Diversity Clearinghouse

A searchable database of resources geared toward enhancing diversity within the discipline of geography. Search for resources by grade level, audience, or program objective, or add a resource to the clearinghouse.

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AAG Enhancing Diversity Award

The AAG Enhancing Diversity Award honors those geographers who have pioneered efforts toward or actively participated in efforts toward encouraging a more diverse discipline over the course of several years. The award is presented at the Awards Luncheon during the AAG's Annual Meeting.  Deadline for nominations is September 15, yearly.

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Enhancing Diversity Fund

Contributions support AAG activities designed to enhance diversity, promote inclusion, and broaden participation in the discipline. The Enhancing Diversity Award honors geographers who have led the way toward encouraging a more diverse discipline over the course of several years. 
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AAG Diversity Programs

People Making a Difference

MSI Resources

ALIGNED Research Articles

Diversity Clearinghouse

Other Featured Resources


"Compelling ... It moved us from a general sense of the situation to concrete data. Much more than data, it allows you to link potential actions with data."

"Participation in the  ALIGNED Program has been a critical component of our department’s success ... with diversity and inclusion issues."

"This perspective has tremendous potential as a tool for departments to enhance diversity recruitment and retention."

"It's been a great boon to my department, primarily because it got us to start talking about diversity and also take some steps forward."

QuestionsRead more findings from the ALIGNED Project.


Featured AAG Resources on Enhancing Diversity







Watch the Toolkit Video Demonstration


Download a Directory of Geography at Minority Serving Institutions

Take our Department Challenges and Strategies Poll


For more information, contact Dr. Yonette Thomas, AAG Senior Advisor.