"My name is Jasmine Elliott, and I am an nontraditional undergrad student at Middle Tennessee State University majoring in Geology. I’m focusing my career goals on environmental engineering. As a student, I’ve gained experience in the Department of Anthropology as a lab assistant working on archaeobotany projects and even participating in excavations. I’ve really enjoy volunteering at fossil digs for children at Fort Negley Park in Nashville and at The Earth Experience Museum in Murfreesboro, TN.
I’m still a student, so I haven’t had too many experiences of being a black woman working in geosciences. However, I attended a particular national convention in 2018 that encouraged a few students to participate as observers over board meetings. In a room of over 100 people, there were 3 black people there: me, a state president of the convention, and a janitor for the hotel. I can’t really describe the feeling I had when I noticed this. I’m usually the only black person or person of color in an educational setting. I’m hoping this will change soon."
- Jasmine Elliott (@geologyjas)