Guided by the JEDI Task Force, INSTAAR as a body is undertaking a number of specific actions designed to dismantle biases, especially anti-Blackness, within our institute and within our larger institutional and scientific contexts; create an inclusive, positive environment for people from all groups underrepresented in STEM; 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.
- Improve hiring practices by including justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion as concrete criteria.
- Reward JEDI-centered activities as part of performance evaluations and promotion processes.
- Finalize INSTAAR codes of conduct, including codes specific to lab and field work.
- Establish a mentorship program for incoming students, postdocs, and PRAs who self-identify as an underrepresented and/or under-served junior scientist. The program will help mentees form connections, build confidence, exchange advice and encouragement, and create shared experiences and learning. See more information about mentoring.
- Create a welcoming committee for new faculty, postdocs, and students from underrepresented groups, to help them to help them connect quickly with a supportive CU network.
- Revise social events to be inclusive and fun for everybody regardless of their experiences, abilities, and backgrounds.
- Recruit and support students from minoritized groups through broad faculty participation in bridge programs such as SOARS, SMART, and RESESS. See notes from a townhall sharing information about the programs and best practices for successfully mentoring students.
- Develop an application mentorship program that pairs prospective students with current graduate students to help create strong application packets.
- Explore financial incentives for recruiting students from underrepresented groups, such as small scholarships or summer funding for students transitioning from undergraduate to graduate school.
- Organize ongoing training options for all INSTAARs, including bystander training.
- Continue activities that help INSTAARs move along their antiracist journeys, such as participating in the grassroots INSTAAR antiracism book club, the Unlearning Racism in the Geosciences (URGE) program, and other JEDI-centered opportunities.
- Conducted SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) to understand INSTAAR’s current position.
- Set priorities for the most impactful actions.
- Hosted mandatory training for all INSTAARs in creating an inclusive environment, led by Paradigm IQ.
- Helped set up a welcome event for newcomers which mapped out INSTAAR’s context within the campus community and introduced resources available to members. The event will be changed each year in response to feedback from participants.
- Organized implicit bias training on Skillsoft.
- Drafted an INSTAAR code of conduct, along with codes of conduct for lab and field work.
- Added JEDI information to INSTAAR website, including goals, information, and resources.
- Participated in learning programs, including Unlearning Racism in Geoscience (URGE) and the CU Racial Equity Challenge for Institutes.