Extension educators are actively involved with the dismantling racism strategic initiative in the UConn College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources. Our educators are members of the Working Group on Structural Racism. Their mission is dismantling structural racism and fostering environments that advance racial equity, inclusion, and belonging by advocating for anti-racist policies, practices, and norms.
We have four subcommittees of the WGSR, each currently working on targeting outcomes and developing a list of short, medium, and long term actions or strategies. The four subcommittees are listed below. I hope to have a short one-liner that further describes the focus area of these groups shortly, as well as a list of outcomes, actions and strategies each group has identified.
- Antiracist and culturally sustaining learning environments
- Space and support for Black, Indigenous and People of Color
- Antiracist policy and process
- Authentic community engagement
Opportunities and Resources
Environmental and Social Justice Book Club
Extension educators and colleagues from across UConn meet as a group and reading environmental and social justice books, followed by discussions on the material and changes that can be implemented. A list of our past and future books is available.
Extension Anti-Racism Learning Community
Extension educators meet twice per month in a learning community on anti-racism. A different educator leads each session with everyone reading articles, watching videos, or listening to podcasts before the learning community meeting. Members then discuss the materials and actions that can be implemented in our organization. You can view a selection of the materials we've reviewed.
Anti-Racism in the Outdoors Resources
Our UConn Extension team worked with colleagues to develop an annotated bibliography of resources on anti-racism in the outdoors.
CAHNR Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
UConn Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The UConn Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is available as a resource for all.
UConn Land Acknowledgement Statement
All land in the State of Connecticut was once Native territory, which is why it is our duty to acknowledge that the University of Connecticut a land grant institution, is existing on Native land. It is important to understand the long-standing history that has brought you to reside on the land and to seek to understand your place within that history.
UConn Cultural Centers
The UConn Cultural Centers support our students, faculty, staff, and community members.
Annotated Bibliography of Structural Racism in the Food System
Michigan State University Extension created an annotated bibliography of structural racism in the food system. The 8th edition is currently available.
Contact an Extension Team Member
Laura Brown – Co-Team Chair
Cary Chadwick – Co-Team Chair
Laura Cisneros – Department of Natural Resources & the Environment
David Dickson – Extension & CLEAR
Tessa Getchis – Extension and Connecticut Sea Grant
Ana Legrand – Department of Plant Science & Landscape Architecture
Jiff Martin – Extension
Morty Ortega – Department of Natural Resources & the Environment
I. Morty Ortega