Title: Addressing safety and inclusion in fieldwork and polar spaces
Abstract: While matters of the interpersonal parts of field safety and issues related to exclusion in the polar sciences are by no means new topics of conversation, it is in recent years that they have been especially elevated in the geoscience community and funding agency spaces. The Polar Science Early Career Community Office (PSECCO) and ADVANCEing FieldSafety (AFS) are two examples of recently-funded NSF initiatives designed to address matters of inclusion, build welcoming spaces, move towards creating safer fieldwork environments and bridge training gaps for the geoscience community to be equipped to welcome folks from different backgrounds into polar science and field contexts in intentional and safe ways. This talk will provide overviews on PSECCO and AFS and share examples of how these programs address those matters outlined above, which are critical for building science environments that support all who want to engage with the community. Questions related to the programs and discussion around how we can all be agents of change in our individual and broader communities are welcomed and encouraged.