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Resources for INSTAARs

We may not have all the answers, but we'll help you find the support you need. Contact one or more of the INSTAAR JEDI task force leaders if you need someone to listen or to help connect you with campus groups and resources.

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Underrepresented groups | Allies | Antiracist teams | Decolonized research/teaching


Gaby Negrete-García, undergraduate research assistant at INSTAAR, gives a poster at the Community Earth System Model Large Ensembles Workshop in Boulder, CO.

Resources for those who identify with underrepresented groups

Campus resources

The Research & Innovation Office maintains a comprehensive list of CU Boulder and local resources for people from underrepresented groups in STEM. You will find resources, offices, and groups especially for people of color, LGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, international students, and women in academia. You will also find general campus and Boulder community resources; financial, food, and housing assistance; and free and low-cost mental and physical health and wellness services.

The Office of Victim Assistance offers free and confidential counseling and advocacy to CU Boulder students, staff, and faculty who have experienced a traumatic or disruptive event, including experiences of bias. Visit their website to learn more, or call 303 492-8855 for after-hours phone support when they are closed.

INSTAAR mentoring groups

Mentoring groups help underrepresented and/or under-served INSTAAR junior scientists:

  • Feel welcome in our community.
  • Make connections, develop a sense of belonging, and gain community support
  • Build confidence to be comfortable promoting themselves and their work.
  • Access advice, encouragement, and strategies for both professional and personal success.
  • Learn from sharing the experiences of both senior scientists and peers.

The program is open to all INSTAARs who self-identify as an underrepresented and/or under-served junior scientist, whether an undergrad, grad student, postdoc, or PRA.

Each group meets monthly via an audio-only Zoom call for approximately an hour. See details about how the INSTAAR mentoring program works and sign up to become a mentor or mentee.

See advice and resources from the Graduate School that can help students develop good mentoring relationships. Mentors can also find guidelines and resources on the Graduate School website.


  • CU’s Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance (OIEC) implements and enforces policies for students, staff, faculty, volunteers, and affiliates on discrimination and harassment; sexual misconduct, intimate partner violence and stalking; and conflict of interest in cases of amorous relationships. The OIEC has resources and safety measures that can support you if you have experienced discrimination or harassment; they are also the place to report discrimination or harassment. There are a range of ways to make complaints or reports. If you are thinking about reporting an incident or want to talk with someone, find support and help on the Don’t Ignore It section of the OIEC website. Contact one or more of the INSTAAR JEDI task force leaders if you would like additional support while making a report to OIEC.
  • All CU members who have the authority to hire, promote, discipline, evaluate, grade, formally advise, or direct faculty, staff, or students are considered "responsible employees" and are required to report alleged misconduct to OIEC. This means if one of your professors, advisors, staff, or most of your peers learn about misconduct, they must report it to OIEC. They are all required to take a course that helps them understand misconduct and how to report it.

Resources for allies

CU Boulder materials on Coursera are curated, self-paced, online courses that can help you gain basic knowledge and move toward antiracist personal and institutional actions.

  • Antiracism 1 - This beginner-level free course, designed for those who are unfamiliar with critical race or ethnic studies or affiliated fields, gives an introduction to the topic of race and racism in the United States.
  • Inclusive Leadership: The Power of Workplace Diversity - This beginner-level free course will empower and equip you to develop inclusive cultures where everyone feels valued and respected, using a variety of examples and perspectives. The course is designed for for current or aspiring leaders in any role.

The CU Boulder Omsbuds Office lists campus-based antiracism training and guides, including the “Staying in conversation about racism” series with Kirsi Aulin and Donna Mejia and extensive resources from the Center for Teaching & Learning.

Microaggressions can be as harmful and damaging as more overt forms of racism. Learn how to recognize and avoid them, and how to intervene when you see them.

Building an antiracist research team

Decolonizing our research and teaching


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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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