Abstract: STEM fields tend to lack diversity, with minorities (women, people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals) facing challenges and typically leaving these fields at higher rates than majority groups. In the geosciences, racial diversity has not increased in the past forty years. The less diverse a field, the greater the reliance on stereotypes and implicit biases, which in turn disproportionately impacts marginalized groups. In light of recent events and the current moment of racial reckoning in society, this session will also examine the topic of systemic racism, which exists within the larger system of implicit biases and stereotypes prevalent in our society and in academia. This seminar will provide insights and guidelines on advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM, with a focus on better understanding and addressing systemic racism.