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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.

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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Recognizing and mitigating unconscious bias - for faculty

Tuesday, September 21, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 22, 11:30 a.m - 1:00 p.m.

We can unwittingly develop stereotypes about people and groups of people. This workshop examines unconscious bias and identifies key areas where it affects our work, interactions, and decision making. We will explore personal and departmental practices that can help reduce bias and increase inclusion, engagement, and productivity. The Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance will host this session designed for faculty on Zoom.

JEDI book club: All We Can Save

Thursday, September 23, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Please join in our round table for discussion, reading, and any other activities that occur to us, as we consider All We Can Save: Truth, Courage and Solutions for the Climate Crisis. We are joining in One Book One Boulder, led by the Boulder Public Library, to engage with this profound and hopeful collection of contributions from diverse women at the forefront of the climate movement. We'll dig into two book sections a week; at this discussion we'll focus on "Begin" and "Root." The All We Can Save Project offers some cool discussion guides. All are welcome—no reading necessary, previous attendance not necessary.

Creating a culture of inclusion for a strong geoscience community seminar

INSTAAR seminar: Aisha Morris

Monday, October 18, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

All are welcome to this INSTAAR seminar featuring Dr. Aisha Morris, a geoscientist who is now a program director with the NSF, where she works to bring previously excluded groups into the geosciences.


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