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JEDI Task Force

The INSTAAR Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Task Force was formed in April 2020. It grew out of the Diversity Committee, which started in 2016.


Following a period of strategic planning, the JEDI Task Force is following through with specific courses of action in 2021. Task Force leadership have divided responsibility for taking these actions forward into general topics of recruitment, retention, education for INSTAARs, and policy development.

Current actions

The JEDI Task Force is working with INSTAARs and collaborators on a number of priority actions.


Membership in the Task Force is voluntary. Currently there are 36 INSTAAR participants, including staff, students, professional research assistants (PRAs), postdoctoral scholars, and faculty.

Calls for membership are sent via email at the beginning of each semester. If you are interested in joining, contact


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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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