JEDI Guidebook

The AIR Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Guidebook is organized thematically and designed to support our policy recommendations for AIR Leadership. We will continue to add more resources as we develop and implement our action plan.

About the Guidebook 

This guidebook supplements the AIR JEDI Committee’s recommendations to AIR Leadership for incorporating the principles of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) into AIR administration and AIR programs. All objectives are integrated and support one another in building a more diverse, equitable, inclusive, and justice-oriented institution. 

Within this guidebook are the “Affiliated Guidebook Resources” referenced in each objective, along with related resources on the subjects of training, workplace culture, employee support, communication, and funding. This resource is an evolving document with references and resources to help us incorporate JEDI principles into our work.

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AIR Position Statement 

At the Arizona Institutes for Resilience (AIR), we pursue actionable solutions to local and global environmental problems. These solutions require a foundation in social, racial, and environmental justice. We stand with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color who continue to experience systemic and institutional racism and are disproportionately impacted by the effects of climate change and other major environmental problems. We aim to challenge oppressive systems, through our work and through our own personal behaviors, to support the transformation to an equitable society in Tucson, across the U.S., and around the world.

AIR, as part of the University of Arizona, sits on the ancestral homelands of the Tohono O’odham Nation and the Pascua Yaqui Tribe. As Arizona’s land-grant university and a Hispanic Serving Institution, the university has made a commitment to serve under-represented and Indigenous communities. This commitment is mirrored in AIR programs that focus on creating authentic relationships and engagement while striving to build healthy, thriving, and resilient communities.

AIR is dedicated to supporting and celebrating differences and multiple perspectives. As individuals and as an institute, we will identify and dismantle systemic racism and other forms of oppression. We will uphold, enforce, and go beyond the University of Arizona’s Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy, challenge bias, and actively promote anti-racist, empathetic, and inclusive behavior of staff, faculty and students in our programs and projects. The principles of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion are fundamental to the work we do within our institute and research programs, and with our community partners and networks that extend beyond the University of Arizona.

About AIR

Arizona Institutes for Resilience: Solutions for the Environment and Society (AIR) coordinates
interdisciplinary groups of faculty, students and projects across the University of Arizona’s campus, from climate science to public policy, law, the arts, water resources and beyond. AIR explores and develops solutions with campus and community partners that will serve human and natural communities across the globe. Further, as part of the UArizona Office of Research Innovation & Impact, AIR builds a robust web of environmental connections across colleges and departments that collectively make up Arizona Environment. For more information about AIR, visit our website.