Geography Department Diversity Statement

The Department of Geography of UConn is deeply committed to encouraging, promoting, supporting, and sustaining an inclusive environment of a diverse community of faculty, staff, and students. As part of this commitment, our vision and initiatives are centered around the justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) principles.

  •  Justice is an umbrella concept that acknowledges the validity of multiple perspectives; fostering a culture of justice creates opportunities for diverse groups of people to thrive together.
  • Equity ensures everyone has access to the opportunities and resources so that they can thrive. We seek to identify, understand, and transform the social, economic, environmental, and political drivers of structural inequalities and inequities through our pedagogical, professional, and scholarly work.
  • Diversity is often used in reference to race, ethnicity, and gender; however, we embrace a broader definition of diversity that also includes age, national origin, religion, disability, sexuality, socioeconomic status, education, marital status, language, and physical appearance. We encourage diversity of thought, including ideas, perspectives, and values.
  • Inclusion is the attitude and act of cultivating a positive environment in which diverse individuals and groups feel welcomed, respected, supported, and valued to fully participate.

We believe that it is essential to recognize JEDI in all facets of the work we do (e.g., teaching, mentoring, research, and service) here at UConn and in our external, professional activities. The Department of Geography works closely with the DEI Initiatives of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Office for Diversity and Inclusion at UConn and the American Association of Geographers efforts aimed at broadening JEDI principles.

We also acknowledge that the land on which we gather in the territory of the Mohegan, Mashantucket Pequot, Eastern Pequot, Schaghticoke, Golden Hill Paugussett, Nipmuc, and Lenape Peoples, who have stewarded this land throughout the generations. We thank them for their strength and resilience in protecting this land and aspire to uphold our responsibilities according to their example.  Learn more about UConn land acknowledgment.