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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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Better Fieldwork Future Program

May 12, 12:00-1:30 p.m.

Professional training with the goal of ensuring field settings that are safer, equitable, and more welcoming for the next generation of field scientists. INSTAARs engaged in any kind of fieldwork strongly encouraged to attend.

Accessibility in STEM and Science Communication

May 17-18

Students and postdocs are invited to join the Science Speak-Easy team and WiSE for a virtual science communication workshop on how we can make our research more accessible for all.


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