EWC Committee

Equipty and Workplace Climate

We are a group of students, staff and faculty working together on initiatives for a more equitable, inclusive and diverse environment in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department at McGill University.

Committee Members


  • Natalya Gomez (Committee Chair)  natalya.gomez [at] mcgill.ca (Email )
  • Nick Cowan, Peter Douglas, Jeff McKenzie (Department Chair), Christie Rowe 


  • Moses Angombe, Catherine Crotty, Debarati Das, Meghomita Das, Zoya Qudsi

Post docs and Staff 

  • Alissa Kotowski, Kathryn Rico, Kristyn Rodzinyak 

Student Spotlight 

Soy Jessica (ella). Soy Costarricense, primera generación y queer. Read more about Jessica, volcanology grad student's journey from Costa Rica to Montreal in English or Spanish. 

What it feels like to be queer in the Earth Sciences?

Authors: Jessica Salas (she/her) and Meghomita Das (she/her)

This invisibility of 2SLGBTQIA+ in STEM, and the lack of prominent 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals in faculty and leadership positions, leads to a lack of mentorship for current and future generations. It causes a sense of isolation within STEM that could potentially alter a person's career trajectory within the field. As we move towards more inclusive policies and initiatives in STEM, we should engage with the 2SLGBTQIA+ communities to understand and develop training programs and resources that will address their representation in STEM.

Student Spotlight 

Learn more about Holly's journey to her research in geophysics - what motivates her science, how science helps her achieve life goals and finding value beyond scientific achievements. 

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