Our Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
We view championing diversity and inclusion as the only way to equitably and successfully solve the grand challenges associated with human-environment interactions.
The University of Arizona embraces and practices diversity and inclusiveness, and our department supports and protects all forms of social identities, including but not limited to: age, disability status, ethnicity, gender expression, gender identity, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, race, religion and veteran status.
Land Acknowledgement Statement
The University of Arizona occupies the original homelands of the Tohono O'odham and Pascua Yaqui Nations, Indigenous peoples who have stewarded this land since time immemorial. Aligning with the university’s core value of a diverse and inclusive community, it is an institutional responsibility to recognize and acknowledge the people, culture and history that make up the Wildcat community. At the institutional level, it is important to be proactive in broadening awareness throughout campus to ensure our students feel represented and valued. As a result, the University of Arizona has crafted a new statement that acknowledges the university's home on the land and territories of Indigenous people. This statement is a foundation and first step:
"We respectfully acknowledge the University of Arizona is on the land and territories of Indigenous peoples. Today, Arizona is home to 22 federally recognized tribes, with Tucson being home to the O'odham and the Yaqui. Committed to diversity and inclusion, the University strives to build sustainable relationships with sovereign Native Nations and Indigenous communities through education offerings, partnerships, and community service."
Read more deeply about land acknowledgements in this statement by Tohono O'odham Student Association, as well as other resources and information.
See good starting points for support centers and resources available to students, faculty and staff, as well as a few resources collected by the Department of Environmental Science for pursing equity and inclusion in all aspects of academic life and research.
ENVS Inclusive Excellence Committee
Our departmental committee, comprised of faculty seeks to put our Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion into action. We work on issues including (but not limited to) the following themes that were discussed in our summer 2020 interdialogue group conversations facilitated by Initiatives for Organizational Inclusion. These are are meant to be starting points in a living document.
- Micro- and Macroaggressions
- Hiring Practices
- Graduation School Admissions
- Accountability & Accountability Systems
- Tenure Practices
In Spring 2021, the committee worked on visualizing the formal and informal resources available at ENVS and UArizona.