Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


The School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning is deeply committed to cultivating and sustaining a welcoming and inclusive environment that will promote equitable treatment of all and increase ethnic, intellectual, socioeconomic and cultural diversity. We aim to advance a sense of belonging whereby contributions by all are valued and no one is excluded from participation based on race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, veteran status, religion, language, immigration status and/or socioeconomic position. Our school community seeks to be an ally in efforts to eliminate injustice by continuously improving workplace practices and culture by engaging in public acts of sponsorship and advocacy. We acknowledge the importance of diverse, scientific, and unbiased perspectives in addressing grand challenges of public value that face our city, state, nation, planet, and all of humanity. Our goal is to continually engage in open dialogue with all interested school stakeholders to courageously address any form of discrimination, harassment, or intimidation that may hinder the promotion of scientific work, equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging in our on-campus, online and extended communities.

Land Acknowledgment

The School of Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning facilities are located upon the ancestral homelands of Indigenous Nations that have inhabited this land for centuries including the Akimel O’odham (Pima) and Pee Posh (Maricopa), peoples. We express gratitude for their stewardship of the land our School currently occupies. SGSUP is dedicated to cultivating relationships with local Native Nations and providing a welcoming environment for Native American students.

ASU geographers and urban planners support one another in the face of anti-Asian hate

As reports of anti-Asian hate crimes have escalated across the country in recent months, nearly two dozen students, faculty and staff in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University gathered virtually to share their experiences facing anti-Asian discrimination and to provide support to one another.

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Female ASU faculty share challenges, triumphs

At Arizona State University, female faculty make up almost half of the overall faculty population: As of fall 2018, 48% of faculty were women. In The College, 46% of faculty were women as of 2018–19. Year over year, these percentages have continued to increase, with similar trends seen at universities nationwide.

Although representation of women in higher education careers is generally on the rise, challenges toward achieving equity and inclusion remain.

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New course illuminates how racism exercises its power geographically

How has geography contributed to our understanding of race, systemic racism and historical racist policies that have led to this unique moment in the United States’ history? Rashad Shabazz, a human geography associate professor in Arizona State University's School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, has created a course that examines race in the United States from a spatial perspective. 

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SGSUP participates in Race, Ethnicity, and Place Conference

Fifteen members of the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning community spanning faculty, undergraduate and graduate students participated in the 2021 Race, Ethnicity, and Place (REP) conference hosted both virtually and in-person in Baltimore.

REP is the leading international geography conference whose foci are on race, ethnicity and place. The conference serves as a venue for first generation college students, and students and faculty from underrepresented groups to share in a community of similar lived experiences and an opportunity to broaden support networks.

Mihir Aranala, a Master’s in Urban and Environmental Planning student; Dr. Wei Li, professor; and William Walker, a fifth year GIS student, all from SGSUP and pictured to the right, attended the conference in person.

“I was very thankful to hear from professionals in the field a commitment to ensure our geography professors and curriculum are more representative of the communities in which we teach and learn,” said Walker.

SGSUP was one of the 10 title sponsors of the conference, along with the AAG, AGS, NSF, five other universities and a foundation.


History of SGSUP JEDI Efforts

SGSUP’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee was initiated by the then Director Trisalyn Nelson in 2018, chaired by Soe Minyt with eight appointed members. The 2019 committee, chaired by Daoqin Tong, included nine members. After 2020 murder of George Floyd, a group of SGSUP faculty, led by Kelli Larson and Deirdre Pfeiffer, issued a letter asking for more anti-racism actions within the school. The DI committee was renamed SGSUP JEDI committee, chaired by Wei Li.

Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Committee
2020-2021 JEDI Committee Members: Beverly Davis, Daoqin Tong, David King, Elizabeth Larson, Jose-Benito Rosales Chavez, Lance Watkins, Logan Tokos, Rashad Shabazz, Sakshi Hegde, Wei Li (Chair), Yining Tan.



ASU's Office of Inclusion and Community Engagement

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ASU's Graduate and Professional Student Association - JEDI

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Student and Cultural Engagement - Out@ASU

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Embracing the beauty of diversity in STEM education - TEDx

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You may be biased and not know it - Salud America!

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Blacks in STEM jobs are especially concerned about diversity and discrimination in the workplace - Pew Research Center

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