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Dismantling Structural Racism

Extension educators are active members of the Working Group on Structural Racism. The group's mission is focused on identifying and dismantling structural racism in CAHNR programs, policies, and practices, and fostering environments that advance racial equity, inclusion, and belonging by advocating for antiracist policies, practices, and norms. 

There are four subcommittees of the Working Group on Structural Racism, each currently working on targeting outcomes and developing a list of short, medium, and long term actions or strategies. The four subcommittees are:

  • Antiracist and culturally sustaining learning environments
  • Space and support for Black, Indigenous and People of Color
  • Antiracist policy and process
  • Authentic community engagement

If you would like more information about the Working Group on Structural Racism, reach out to the co-chairs, Cary Chadwick or Mary Anne Amalaradjou.

Opportunities and Resources

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Environmental and Social Justice Book Club

Extension educators and colleagues from across UConn meet as a group and read environmental and social justice books, followed by discussions on the material and changes that can be implemented. View a list of our past and future books.


Extension Antiracism Learning Community

Extension educators meet twice per month in a learning community on antiracism. 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. A selection of the materials we've reviewed is available.

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Antiracism in the Outdoors Resources

Our UConn Extension team worked with colleagues to develop an annotated bibliography of resources on antiracism in the outdoors.


University Resources

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 a Working Group on Structural Racism Team Member

Mary Anne Amalaradjou – Co-Chair – Department of Animal Science

Mary Anne AmalaradjouMary Anne Amalaradjou

Food Microbiology



Cary Chadwick – Co-Team Chair – Extension

Cary Chadwick

Geospatial Technologies and Training - CLEAR


Jessica Brandt – Department of Natural Resources & the Environment

Jessica BrandtJessica Brandt

Aquatic Systems



Laura Cisneros – Department of Natural Resources & the Environment

Laura CisnerosLaura Cisneros

Environment & Sustainability, Youth Educator - CLEAR



Kristen Cooksey Stowers – Department of Allied Health Sciences

Kristen Cooksey StowersKristen Cooksey Stowers

Health equity, agricultural economics, & public policy



David Dickson – Extension & CLEAR

David Dickson

Water Resources Management, Interim Director, CLEAR


Richard Dunn – Agricultural and Resource Economics

Richard DunnRichard Dunn

Health and Public Economics


Tessa Getchis – Extension and Connecticut Sea Grant

Tessa Getchis

Aquaculture Senior Extension Educator - CT Sea Grant



Ana Legrand – Department of Plant Science & Landscape Architecture

Ana Legrand

Entomology, IPM



Jiff Martin – Extension

Jiff Martin

Sustainable Food Systems Extension Educator



Neha Mishra – Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science

Neha MishraNeha Mishra

Connecticut Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory



Morty Ortega – Department of Natural Resources & the Environment

Morty OrtegaI. Morty Ortega



Sherry Pagoto – Allied Health Sciences

Sherry PagotoSherry Pagoto

mHealth and Social Media



Kimberly Rollins – Agricultural and Resource Economics

Department Head, Kimberly Rollins. Department of Agricultural and Resourec EconomicsKimberly Rollins

Environmental Economics & Natural Resources