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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

The INSTAAR Junior Scientist Mentoring Program (JSMP) helps 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.

Underrepresented and/or under-served INSTAAR junior scientists new to INSTAAR can recieve further mentorship via newSTAAR peer mentoring.

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.

Reporting

  • 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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Events

SCEC workshop: Research mentor training

Thursday-Friday, July 8-9, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. each day

Register by July 5

This training is designed to help faculty mentors develop skills for engaging in productive, culturally responsive, research mentoring relationships, which optimize the success of both mentors and mentees.

Panel for SOARS students

Friday, July 9, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

This panel for students in the SOARS summer bridge program is an informal space where students can learn about what it’s like to be a graduate student in INSTAAR, how panelists got to where they are, and ask questions. The panel will take place on Zoom and is a joint effort of the INSTAAR Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Taskforce and program leads Kadidia Thiero and Marissa Vara from SOARS.

Panel for RECCS students

Friday, July 9, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Students can learn about what it’s like to be a graduate student in INSTAAR, how panelists got to where they are, and ask questions at this panel for students in the RECCS summer bridge program. The panel will take place on Zoom and is a joint effort of the INSTAAR Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Taskforce and program lead Alicia Christensen from RECCS.

Panel for RESESS/USIP students

Thursday, July 22, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

This panel for students in the RESESS/USIP summer bridge program is an informal space where students can learn about what it’s like to be a graduate student in INSTAAR, how panelists got to where they are, and ask questions. The panel will take place on Zoom and is a joint effort of the INSTAAR Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Taskforce and RESESS/USIP program lead Anika Wright.

Resources

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