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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. 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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Spanish language lunch table

Tuesday, July 26, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

The INSTAAR JEDI committee is sponsoring a Spanish lunch table here at INSTAAR, and you are invited! Lina Pérez-Angel, John Ortega, and Leanne Lestak will co-host this fun activity for people to improve their language skills, trade stories, learn new cultures, and make friends. Bring your own lunch: some snacks and drinks will be provided.

Making virtual and hybrid meetings inclusive: Exploring equity gaps

Tuesday, August 9, 11:00 a.m - 12:30 p.m.
on Zoom

This workshop will help staff and faculty unpack the challenges and gaps that may exist in virtual meetings. Learners will explore four common equity barriers to inclusive meetings and will gain strategies to mitigate barriers to intentionally create more inclusive spaces in virtual meetings. Especially recommended for supervisors and advisors.


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