Challenger Unlearning Racism in Geoscience (URGE) Pod

As part of the Challenger Society for Marine Science’s objective to become an anti-racist learned society, the Challenger Society Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility Working Group are setting up an Unlearning Racism in Geoscience (URGE) discussion pod led by Siddhi Joshi. We would like to invite and encourage members of the Challenger Society to join the Challenger URGE discussion pod, lead by the Challenger EDIA working group. The Challenger Society aspires to implement anti-racism in its decision-making about leadership, community activities, and capacity building. We all need to educate ourselves as individuals, institutions, and networks, to listen to our colleagues, to self-reflect, and to take part in difficult conversations in order to be the change we want to see. More information about URGE can be found below.

We are running an initial information session on Thursday 1st June at 14:00. If you would like to join the URGE pod and mailing list, please fill the form at the link below to recieve the information session zoom link:

More Information about URGE
URGE was an NSF Funded program based in the US, which ran in spring 2021. It is a journal club with policy objectives designed to:
(1) deepen the community’s knowledge of the effects of racism on the participation and retention of Black, Brown, and Indigenous people in Geoscience
(2) draw on existing literature, expert opinions, and personal experiences to develop anti-racist policies and strategies, and
(3) share, discuss, and modify anti-racist policies and strategies within a dynamic community network and on a national stage.

A video description of URGE and further information can be found at

 As a member of the URGE pod, members would:
• Attend a monthly journal club discussion session for nine months.
• Read 1-2 papers/articles per month as outlined in the URGE syllabus and resources.
• Participate in developing policy deliverables.
• Discuss inclusivity tips and interviews with leading social scientists.
• Help implement anti-racist policies in your home institution and discipline.