JEDI Basic References
These resources include definitions of words and phrases used often in work around justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. We hope that these resources enable you and your team to develop collective understandings of these terms and be empowered to use this language.
Glossary from Racial Equity Tools
The Racial Equity Tools glossary aims to enhance the quality of discourse on race through finding a higher level of shared understanding on important, common terms. It includes primary sources for definitions, though some are paraphrased or updated.
Glossary of LGBTQ Terms from Out & Equal
The Out & Equal glossary defines terms pertinent to conservations about LGBTQ+ identities and struggles.
Vocabulary for conversations about race, gender, equality, and inclusivity from the UArizona College of Science
This document defines terms used in conversations about race, gender, equality, and inclusivity. It also links to resources related to those terms.
“Should we say Black? African American? People of color?” by Marie Beecham (@MarieBeech on Instagram)
Community Remembrance Project: History of Racial Injustice in the United States from the Equal Justice Initiative
*Content Warning: This webpage contains information and graphic (visual) depictions of enslavement.
This website contextualizes contemporary racial injustice in the United States by reviewing the violent histories of enslavement, reconstruction, racial terror lynching, segregation, and presumption of guilt.
Police Brutality 101 from Communities United Against Police Brutality
*Content Warning: This document contains information about police violence.
This document provides information about police brutality, why police brutality exists, and how people can combat police brutality.
Within this sub-section are links to popular reading lists for learning how to be anti-racist. Most of the resources are fully downloadable copies of the recommended literature. However, if you have the means to purchase these materials, it is highly encouraged that you do so to support the authors and signal value for their knowledges. Additionally, you may find these materials available at the University of Arizona Library or find them through Pima County Public Library (PCPL). With a Pima County Public Library card, you have access to ebooks through PCPL's website as well as access to audiobooks through Libby. If you’d like to support Black-owned, independent bookstores with your purchase, you can find a list of 18 here, “Black Authors on their Favorite Black-Owned Bookstores” (Read It Forward).
AIR JEDI Guidebook Common Anti-Racist Reading List
This reading list includes literature commonly recommended in beginning anti-racist learning. The respective links are to fully downloadable copies of the book. However, if you have the means to purchase these materials, it is highly encouraged that you do so to support the authors and signal value for their knowledges.
Anti-Racism Reading List from Changing Womxn Collective
This living document is a curated list of resources, actionables, links, and literature. The Anti-Racism Reading List starts on page 9.
Anti-racism resources for white people from Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein
This living document lists books, articles, podcasts, videos, TV series, and films and is “intended to serve as a resource to white people and parents to deepen our anti-racism work.”
Anti-Racism Resource List - Books to read
This living document/guide includes common questions and definitions and books to read as a good starting point to remove your fears and educate yourself on being anti-racist.
Where Do I Begin? Daily Reading Plan
This document is “a 28-day reading plan for white and non-black POC (people of color) aspiring allies."
“Books about Black joy to read now” from @r29unbothered on Instagram
Description: “There are plenty of novels that delve into the effects of systemic and historic racism on peoples lives, which are important for us to read and learn from - but it’s also imperative to read stories that uplift Black people and show us winning.”
#BlackLivesMatter: A Bibliography for the Revolution
This website offers a "rolling bibliography of books that have been helpful for us while we conceptualize and navigate this movement."
"A reading list to understand police brutality in America" by Constance Grady for Vox
A Radical Library
This living document lists books, podcasts, articles, and audiobooks related to abolition, anti-fascism, protesting, mutual aid, and transformative justice. It also links other similar reading lists.
If You’re New to Abolition: Study Group Guide from AbolitionJournal
Description: “You may be new to abolition as a movement or concept. While definitions range widely, the essence of abolitionism is the construction of a society without imprisonment and policing. It is about dismantling institutions and systems like prisons, jails, detention centers, psychiatric institutions, policing, immigration restriction, state surveillance, and many others.
However, it is also about building. Prison abolitionists follow those dreamers and warriors who imagined an end to the slave economy and settler colonialism on which the US was founded. We imagine what would be required for a society without prisons, and propose different means to support collective thriving and more effective ways to address harms.”
How to use the guide: “What follows is a suggested design for a six-week study group. Each week is organized by theme; we recommend doing the readings/viewings/listening in the order listed. We have included materials that you can read and watch in under 5 hours each week. We hope that you will do what you can, but really, we hope that you’ll eventually study more than what we list here–because we know that radical study, often named “political education,” is one key to movement-building, and only we can do it for ourselves. Abolition is, in addition to being about dismantling and building, also about transforming things. And perhaps first and foremost, it is about transforming ourselves in concert with others. Sometimes this happens when we study together!”
Black History Month (February)
Black History Month Library
This Google folder is a collection of works by Black authors. In each author’s folder, you will find a PDF copy of their books. A few other folders are organized by subject. Again, these digital copies are to enhance accessibility. If you can purchase them, please do. This supports these authors and signals value for their knowledges.
Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month (May)
The AIR JEDI Committee collected reading and resources related to the movement to stop hate crimes against Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community members collected in Spring 2021 following hate crimes during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The Library of Congress describes the history of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month on their website.
This news article from NBC News lists "18 fiction books to read for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month."
This news article from NBC News lists "12 nonfiction books to read for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month."
This news article by Katie Yee for Book Marks lists "25 Books by Asian-American and Pacific Islander Writers to Read Right Now: A Reading List For Asian-american And Pacific Islander Month... and All Months."
Isaac Chotiner wrote about "The History of Anti-Asian-American Violence" for The New Yorker.
Latinx Heritage Month (mid September - mid October)
Latinx Heritage Month Reading List (Manuel Aragon for Lighthouse Writers Workshop)
Native American Heritage Month reading lists (November)
Decolonising Science Reading List: It’s The End of Science As You Know It (Chanda Prescod-Weinstein for Medium)
Pride Month reading lists (June)
Resources from Intersectional Environmentalist
Intersectional Environmentalism resource book
This book offers resources for learning at an introductory level.
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La Justica Ambiental es Para Tu y Mi/Environmental Justice Is For You and Me (Bilingual Environmental Justice Children’s Book)
Authored by Catalina de Onís, Hilda Lloréns, Mabette Colón Pérez, y Khalil G. García Lloréns
Environmental Justice Toolkit by American University
Environmental Justice Toolkit by United Nations Association of the United States of America University of Connecticut Chapter
JEDI Work Across UArizona
In this sub-section we have collected many JEDI efforts across campus that may inform or inspire your JEDI work. This list is not exhaustive, but it is plentiful.
Faculty 2019-2020 Demographics and 9-Year Equity Gap Analysis Between Faculty and Students from the Office of the Provost, Assessment and Research Team, Faculty Affairs, Hispanic Serving Institution Team
Description of the report: “This report describes faculty composition trends from 2019-2020 and includes a nine-year equity gap representation analysis for sex (male/female) and race/ethnicity. The purpose of this report is to understand the current demographics of faculty by identified equity features within higher education. In addition, we hope that this report will be used to inform and guide future hiring practices to increase diverse representation among faculty.”
Workforce Demographics from University Analytics and Institutional Research
This webpage details the workforce dynamics of University of Arizona faculty and staff. The highlights include Employee Headcount, Percentage by Inclusive Race/Ethnicity, Percentage by Full-Time/Part-Time Status, Percentage by Sex, Headcount by Employee Classification, Percentage by Employee Classification and Full-Time/Part-Time Status, Percentage by Employee Classification and Sex, and Percentage by Employee Classification and Inclusive Race/Ethnicity. The user can switch between highlights and trends view.
Faculty and Staff Overview from University Analytics and Institutional Research
This webpage holds links to view information on University of Arizona Workforce Demographics, Faculty Demographics, and Faculty Tenure. The user can switch between highlights and trends view.
Recruitment Resources from UArizona Human Resources
The following resources from UArizona Human Resources aim to support fair and consistent hiring practices, source and grow talent, and foster diversity and inclusion across campus.
Recruitment Guidelines and Policies - Guide to Successful Searches
For information on incorporating JEDI language in job postings, take a look at the following sections within the guide: “A Few Words About Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action and Diversity” and “Diversity Commitments."
Transforming The University Of Arizona Into An Inclusive Excellence University For The 21st Century: A Guidebook for Implementing and Practicing Inclusive Excellence from the UArizona Office for Diversity and Inclusive Excellence
This guide was written by Jesús Treviño, Ph.D., Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence and Senior Diversity Officer and Laura Hunter, Ph.D., Associate Diversity Officer and Coordinator of Faculty Development. It is a step-by-step “how to” approach to implementing and practicing Inclusive Excellence.
Example of application: Inclusive Excellence Committee Progress Reports, Committee on Inclusion and Equity’s (CIE), Diversity and Inclusion Plan from the UArizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
This is the description the College of Public Health provided about these reports: “We strive to foster an educational community that values innovation and excellence in teaching, creation and dissemination of knowledge, practice-based research and research-based practice to address the health needs and interests of individuals and communities. During the 2016/2017 academic year, the CIE developed a strategic plan to increase Inclusive Excellence (IE) throughout the college in the areas of structure, governance & leadership, instruction & classroom content, faculty and staff awareness and training, and environment & climate.”
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statements
UArizona College of Science
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Statement
UArizona Department of Astronomy and Steward Observatory
Diversity & Inclusion Statement
UArizona Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Statement
Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee, June 2020 Message
Diversity resources for Geosciences
Summer 2020 Newsletter that includes their Commitment to Diversity, Justice, and Anti-racism on page 6
Department of Geosciences Code of Conduct
UArizona Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences
Diversity & Inclusion Statement
Diversity in Psychology
UArizona Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
Black Lives Matter statement
JEDI Departments/Programs and Program-specific Resources
UA Diversity and Inclusion
Inclusive Excellence resources
This webpage offers Inclusive Excellence resources organized in the sections titled “A Vision for Our Campus,” “Student Benefits of Diversity & Inclusion," “Inclusive Excellence Awards," and “Diversity Statistics & Reports.”
Resources on Diversity and Inclusiveness in the Classroom
This is a resource guide on addressing difficult or challenging topics in the classroom, including how to shape interactions, facilitate classroom discussions, engage in dialogue rather than debate, recognize and interrupt microaggressions, and validate students of color.
UA Cultural Heritage Centers
University of Arizona Student Resource Centers include:
African American Student Association
Asian Pacific American Student Association
Adalberto & Ana Guerrero Student Center
Disability Resource Center
Immigrant Student Resource Center
Native American Student Affairs
Women and Gender Resource Center
Veterans Education and Transition Services
UArizona The University Religious Council (URC)
UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health Diversity and Inclusion
UA Environmental Science
Their Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resource Guide includes “good starting points” for students, faculty, and staffs.
Their collection of Research Resources, named "Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Starting Points For Labs" includes “Starting Points For Labs,” “Academia,” “Tribal Consultation & Engagement.”
A collection of Anti-Racism Resources compiled by UArizona Environmental Science Department
The department has an Anti-Racism Reading Group, and has collected many resources through it. This includes a general collection and a collection specific to starting anti-racist work.
Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Webpage
UA Crossroads Collaborative: Youth, Sexuality, Health, And Rights
Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee, June 2020 Message
Diversity resources for Geosciences
UA Physics, Women in Physics
UA Planetary Sciences/Lunar and Planetary Laboratory (LPL)
Women of LPL
Resources on Equity Issues
Statement and resources on Department Life
UA Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
Equity and Inclusion Committee
Departmental Policies/Actions supporting Equity & Inclusion
Student Groups & Resources
Preparing Researchers in Early Intervention for Children with Disabilities from Multicultural Environments (PRIDE)
Arizona's Science, Engineering, and Math Scholars (ASEMS)
This program provides services to support students in graduating with a STEM major. This program focuses on promising students who are underrepresented in STEM, especially students who are first in their family to attend college, from low-income households, who transferred from a community college, and from underrepresented groups, such as women and minorities.
They also Colors of STEM, which is a group created specifically for undergraduate and graduate students of color* pursuing STEM-related degrees. Their hope is to offer a safe sense of place, community, and sounding board for these students, supporting faculty and staff. We cover both professional and personal development topics.
*Folx who identify as: Black, African-American, African, Latina/o/x, Hispanic, Native American, American Indian, Indigenous, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, Asian/Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, or multi-racial of the aforementioned.
Black History Month 2021
This event featured celebration, recognition, and directed support for Black students at UArizona.
UArizona Trademarks and Licensing's Cultural Logos for Black History Month
Black History Month on the UArizona Athletics website
Shop Black History Month logo items through UArizona BookStores. Purchases benefit students through African American Student Affairs.
AIR Land Acknowledgement and Developing One for Your Program
A land acknowledgement is a formal statement recognizing the Indigenous peoples “who have been dispossessed from the homelands and territories upon which an institution was built and currently occupies and operates in” (Garcia, 2018). The AIR JEDI Committee is currently working with AIR Leadership to develop a land acknowledgement for AIR that emphasizes our commitment to moving beyond acknowledgment. In addition, the JEDI Committee encourages AIR Programs to use the resources herein to develop their own acknowledgements and consider their work beyond such statements.
- Land acknowledgements are currently a commonplace practice across the world to open events and gatherings.
- Defined by Felicia Garcia (2018), a land acknowledgement is a formal statement recognizing the Indigenous peoples “who have been dispossessed from the homelands and territories upon which an institution was built and currently occupies and operates in.”
- Land acknowledgements are a responsibility but they are the bare minimum. A land acknowledgement is only the beginning.
- For an organization to give a land acknowledgement signals a commitment to recognizing their role or complicity in settler colonialism, to build and sustain relationships with Indigenous people and nations, and to support Indigenous staff, community members, and community partner organizations.
- In development, we need to ask what intentions we have to disrupt and dismantle settler colonialism beyond a land acknowledgement. We have responsibilities to do more and we will be held accountable by Indigenous staff and students, community members, and community partner organizations as well as others engaged in this work in Tucson.
Identifying whose land you’re on
With Native Land Map, a web-based map, you can insert an address to learn whose land you are on. There is also additional information about languages and treaties of the location you identify. This is also an app you can download on your phone.
Whose Land, a web-based app, is focused on present-day Canada and also helps users geographically identify Indigenous Nations and territories. The website includes other resources, such as videos reflecting on the importance of land acknowledgements and Indigenous relationships to land.
In Tucson, you are on the traditional territories of the Tohono O'odham and Pascua Yaqui peoples. Today they are recognized as the Tohono O’odham Nation and the Pascua Yaqui Nation.
For more information on the Tohono O’odham Nation, visit their website. Additionally, for more information on the Pascua Yaqui Nation, visit their website.
Guides for writing land acknowledgments
The "Guide to Indigenous Land and Territorial Acknowledgements for Cultural Institutions" by Felicia Garcia offers definitions, context, suggestions, and resources for institutions such as museums, archives, libraries, and universities developing land acknowledgments.
The "Honor Native Land Guide: A Guide and Call to Acknowledgement" from the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture "offers context about the practice of acknowledgment, gives step-by-step instructions for how to begin wherever you are, and provides tips for moving beyond acknowledgment into action.”
The Know The Land Territories Campaign from the Laurier Students' Public Interest Research Group includes resources on how to compose land acknowledgments and move beyond them, with a few examples.
The "Guide to Indigenous land acknowledgement" from the Native Governance Center details how to prepare land acknowledgments and move beyond them.
The website titled "Land Acknowledgements" from Oregon State University includes resources for preparing land acknowledgments and moving beyond them.
Critiques and reflections on land acknowledgment
The magazine article “Land Acknowledgements And How We Relate To The Trails We Run” written by Dr. Lydia Jennings (UA PhD graduate) in Trail Runner Magazine shares insights on the practice of giving land acknowledgments.
In the radio segment “'I regret it': Hayden King on writing Ryerson University's territorial acknowledgement” on CBC Radio, Hayden King reflects on the limitations of land acknowledgements and the not-so-promising characteristics of their use today.
In the Indigenous Action Podcast's first episode, titled "Acknowledge This!," they "talk with some long-time Indigenous Action co-conspirators about their thoughts on “land acknowledgements.”
University of Arizona
The many departments across the university use the same statement.
However, these departments place the statement in different places on their websites.
In 2017, the University requested that the Tohono O'odham Student Association (TOSA) prepare a land acknowledgement for the Tribal Relations Office. Their draft was not used.
Other departments have prepared their own, demonstrating a deeper commitment to recognizing their role in settler colonialism and their consequent responsibilities to Indigenous peoples and land.
While you should not expect Indigenous people to give land acknowledgements for non-Indigenous people, when Indigenous people offer such reflections, we should pay attention and learn. The Arizona Alumni Association shared a video of Amy Spotting Wolf, Miss Indian Arizona 2020-21, and the Tohono O’odham Student Association giving a land acknowledgement.
Land Acknowledgements Elsewhere
We can also learn a lot from those who are already doing this work. Here are some examples.
The news article "Land-grab universities" by Robert Lee and Tristan Ahtone for High Country News came out in June 2020, and its shockwaves continue to be felt today. It takes a dive into the land-grant university system, which expropriated Indigenous land for the profit of non-Indigenous academic institutions.
The University of California Land Grab Forum
This forum hosted by the UC with many collaborators "examines the 150,000 acres of Indigenous land that funded the University of California, how this expropriation is intricately tied to California’s unique history of Native dispossession and genocide, and how UC continues to benefit from this wealth accumulation today." In addition, the forum explored "current university initiatives with tribes and engage in a community dialogue on actions the University of California can take to address their responsibility to California Indigenous communities."
"Entangled Pasts: Land-Grant Colleges and American Indian Dispossession" is a journal article that looks into the land grant university system.
Here's the citation: Nash, M. A. (2019). Entangled Pasts: Land-Grant Colleges and American Indian Dispossession. History of Education Quarterly, 59(4), 437–467. https://doi.org/10.1017/heq.2019.31
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 six action items are integrated and support one another in building a more diverse, equitable, inclusive, and justice-oriented institution.
Within this guidebook are Affiliated Guidebook Resources referenced in each of the action items. These are specific portions of the guidebook that can be referenced to help implement the action item. This resource is a living guidance document with references and resources to help us incorporate JEDI principles into our work.
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.
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 environment.arizona.edu/air