Prioritizing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The land we work on is the original homelands of Wahpekute, Anishinabewaki, and Očeti Šakówiŋ (Sioux) Nations. We honor and respect the Indigenous peoples who were forcibly removed from, and who are still connected to this territory. It is our responsibility to own our part in their continued displacement, incorporate Indigenous knowledge in our work, and establish meaningful, reciprocal partnerships with Indigeous communities.1

We take this opportunity to commit ourselves to the fight against the systems of oppression that have dispossessed Indigenous people of their lands and denied their rights to self-determination, work that is essential to human rights work across the world.2

We are committed to advocating for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), DREAMers, immigrants, international students and scholars, women, LGBTQIA+ community, people with disabilities, first-generation college students, and people from low socioeconomic statuses and disadvantaged backgrounds, and at the intersection of these and all other underrepresented identities.

We recognize that our group is inherently and implicitly biased and that the academic system is racist and biased against underrepresented groups. We acknowledge that we will often fail while fighting these oppressive systems, but we commit to doing our best and will not give up. We will challenge ourselves and others to overcome these biases to foster an inclusive and welcoming culture in academia and beyond.

The actions we will take:

1. Dr. Cori Bazemore-James
2. Activism Skills: Land and Territory Acknowledgment.

Recent Activism Actions

In support of our diversity and activism values, we have taken direct action towards these goals through scientific outreach and communication.


W. 7th/Keystone Community Center

Annual summer event at Keystone Community Center with chemistry demos and activities for K-8 students. Several chemistry outreach studies have been published based activities developed for W. 7th/Keystone.


Underrepresented Students in STEM Symposium -Twin Cities

Symposium/event held during the fall for local college students to present research and learn more about graduate school opportunities. Check out our USSS-TC website here!

Twitter threads

Twitter Threads

The Haynes group has developed and shared Twitter threads for Black history month, LGBTQ+ history month, and indigenous heritage month.


American Indian Summer Institute

Half-day chemistry “Who done it?” activity for upper-level high school students interested in studying STEM and attending UMN (Summer 2022).


Disseminating best practices in anti-racism

Many of us in continue to do work in various anti-racism working groups and share the outcome of that work via publications. Christy co-authored a paper about writing anti-racist tenure and promotion letters. Read it here: