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INSTAAR is committed to building an inclusive, actively antiracist institute where all people from groups underrepresented in science and academia are welcome, safe, and supported.

Our priorities

We aim to create an environment where individuals feel safe, heard, and encouraged to be themselves, and where all INSTAAR members understand their important roles in our anti-racism plan. We are working to dismantle systemic biases within our institute and within our larger institutional and scientific contexts, align the demographics of INSTAAR with those of our state and nation, and reduce barriers to living in Boulder and conducting scientific research at the University of Colorado Boulder.

INSTAAR's statement on systemic racism outlines the overdue realization that we are part of the same systems of institutionalized racism that lead to police violence, racist policies, and other acts of anti-Blackness. As researchers in the Earth sciences, we understand cumulative effects and how systems interact. We also see how climate and environmental issues combine to disproportionately affect people who are marginalized, especially BIPOC communities. That understanding must support us in doing our part to dismantle systemic racism in our own spaces.

Download a PDF of our Inclusive Excellence Narrative. An open dialogue within INSTAAR and concentrated work by our Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Task Force has given us priorities and plans for specific actions.

Find resources for those who identify with minoritized groups and for allies, and tools for building antiracist research teams and decolonizing our research and teaching, on our Resources tab.


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One Book/One Boulder: All We Can Save author talk

Thursday, November 4, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

The culminating event of One Book/One Boulder is a live, virtual author talk with Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Katharine Wilkinson. Register to get the link to attend, or watch live on YouTube or Facebook.

Late to the party? The Boulder Public Library has a reading guide, and there's a wealth of free material on the All We Can Save: Circles Project website. No time to read? Get an inspirational taste of solving the climate crisis with Wilkinson’s podcast A Matter of Degrees, and Johnson’s How to Save a Planet and her Podcast Playlist: Your Guide to Climate Solutions.

Gingerbread house decorating

Wednesday, December 1, 4:30-7:30 p.m.; SEEC S225

The JEDI graduate sub-committee is organizing a gingerbread house decorating event—please come get to know your fellow students and build an edible house. Partners/kids welcome! Light snacks and beverages will be provided. Please rsvp using an extremely short Google form so we can get a count for purchasing kits.


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