Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder

Racial Equity Challenge for Institutes

The signup window is open for the Racial Equity Challenge for Institutes, which is being led by the CU Institute of Cognitive Science in partnership with CIRES and the other CU Boulder Research Institutes. 


Registration will close end of day February 17. Sign up for the Racial Equity Challenge here.

Between February 26 and April 2, we’ll go through the free CU Anti-Racism course on Coursera, led by Jennifer Ho and Shawn O’Neal. You’ll go through the course at your convenience over the 21 days. Each week there will be meetings facilitated by Shawn O’Neal with breakout groups. Our Federal partners are also welcome to join. 


Challenge meetings will be on Fridays:

  • Feb 26, 2:00 - 2:45 — introduction and kick-off
  • March 5, 2:00 - 3:00ish — discussions led by Shawn O’Neal facilitator
  • March 12, 2:00 - 3:00ish — discussions led by Shawn O’Neal facilitator
  • March 19, 2:00 - 3:00ish — discussions led by Shawn O’Neal facilitator
  • April 2, 2:00 - 3:00ish — optional post-Challenge wrap-up and how to apply your knowledge

**Participation in all of the meetings is strongly recommended.​**


This challenge has been organized by the Institute of Cognitive Science Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Committee.

Racial Equity Challenge Planning Team: Alex Napolitan, Denny Schaedig, Nicole Speer, Veronica Koral, Yasko Endo


Want to go deeper?

Anyone who is interested in being a breakout room monitor should fill out the interest form on the registration page. Monitors must attend a training session and are eligible to receive a $75 stipend for every date they serve as monitor. 


Please contact Susan Sullivan with any questions at  


Wednesday, February 17, 2021
5:00 pm


  • Diversity & Inclusion


  • CIRES employees
  • CU Boulder employees


  • Training



Zoom links TBD after Feb 18.