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
Opportunities and Resources
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.
Antiracism in the Outdoors Resources
Our UConn Extension team worked with colleagues to develop an annotated bibliography of resources on antiracism 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 a Working Group on Structural Racism Team Member
Mary Anne Amalaradjou – Co-Chair – Department of Animal Science
Mary Anne Amalaradjou
Cary Chadwick – Co-Team Chair – Extension
Jessica Brandt – Department of Natural Resources & the Environment
Laura Cisneros – Department of Natural Resources & the Environment
Kristen Cooksey Stowers – Department of Allied Health Sciences
Kristen Cooksey Stowers
Health equity, agricultural economics, & public policy
David Dickson – Extension & CLEAR
Richard Dunn – Agricultural and Resource Economics
Health and Public Economics
Tessa Getchis – Extension and Connecticut Sea Grant
Ana Legrand – Department of Plant Science & Landscape Architecture
Jiff Martin – Extension
Neha Mishra – Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science
Connecticut Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory
Morty Ortega – Department of Natural Resources & the Environment
I. Morty Ortega
Sherry Pagoto – Allied Health Sciences
mHealth and Social Media
Kimberly Rollins – Agricultural and Resource Economics
Environmental Economics & Natural Resources