JEDI Task Force

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JEDI Task Force Mission

The School of Earth and Space Exploration JEDI Task Force empowers a Just, Equitable, Diverse, and Inclusive School of Earth and Space Exploration by facilitating and promoting individual action, dialog, education, long-term planning and systemic change. 

The school's JEDI Task Force was formed in 2020 and is chaired by the School of Earth and Space Exploration Associate Director for an Inclusive Community and composed of members from all parts of our community. The Task Force meets weekly to advance our mission and can can be contacted at

Task Force Members

Current members of the Task Force

Evan Scannapieco
Professor and Associate Director for an Inclusive Community
(*effective 1/1/2022)

Elizabeth Trembath-Reichert
Assistant Professor

Phil Christensen

Enrique Vivoni
Professor and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs

Desiree Crawl
SpaceGrant Coordinator

Everett Shock

Karen Knierman

Kimberly Baptista
Alumni & Special Events Coordinator

Aaron Boyd
LROC research staff

Sean Peters
MSFF research staff

Christine O’Donnell

Ed Buie II
graduate student

Alexa Drew
graduate student

Miles English

Eric Gutierrez

Ex-Officio Members of the Task Force

Hilairy Hartnett
(ex-officio) Professor and College JEDI Task Force chair
Patrick Young
(ex-officio), Professor

*Hilairy Hartnett and Patrick Young will serve as co-ADs for an Inclusive Community from 7/1/2021 through 12/31/2021.

On-going Task Force Activities

During the 2020-2021 school year, the JEDI Task Force is working on four main activities: 

1. JEDI Strategic Plan

Perhaps the single most important step the School of Earth and Space Exploration and the Task Force can take toward achieving our missions is to take stock of our strengths and weaknesses in the areas of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion and prepare a strategic plan to address areas that need the greatest improvement. To this aim, the main JEDI Task Force is in the midst of a year-long process of developing a JEDI strategic plan for the school. 

2. JEDI Seed Grants

The Task Force has established a seed grant program for JEDI-related activities that award up to several $1000 projects each semester. View the full proposal call. Proposals are due in November and March annually. Watch a recorded JEDI Seed Grant workshop and Q&A.


School of Earth and Space Exploration JEDI Seed Grants
"Bridging the Gap Initiative: Connecting ASU Students with Title 1 Schools Via Virtual Visits” Bryanna Gutierrez-Coatney, Anna Zaniewski, Patrick Young & Steve Semken. Read the full story about this awarded JEDI grant.

The College JEDI Seed Grants
“The INCLUDES Training Program" Christy Till, Sharon Hall, and Ara Austin

“Graduate student experiences” Aliya Hoff, Monica Gaughan, and Amanda Clarke

“Science in a Box Educator Kits” Linnea McCann and Patrick Young

“Sexual harassment prevention and bystander workshop” Edward Buie II, Justin Hom, and Jasmine Garani

Read about these four awarded projects and the students and faculty involved

3. Workplace Climate Training

Training that teaches bystander intervention, and inclusive teaching and mentoring approaches, shows promise to be a more effective means for reducing the prevalence of harassment and other types of hostile behaviors than more common legal compliance training (NASEM, 2018; Marín-Spiotta et al., 2020). The JEDI Task Force has thus organized trainings by the ADVANCEGeo program for the school community during Spring 2021 and is also working to start a regular workplace climate and inclusion training program (the INCLUDES program) for ASU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Natural Sciences units, with a pilot program in the School of Earth and Space Exploration, the School of Life Sciences, and the School of Molecular Sciences.

4. Code of Conduct

Codes of conduct that articulate a community’s shared values, expectations, and outcomes regarding behavior and treatment are another important means to building a more inclusive community. The JEDI Task Force is thus working with the community to build our code of conduct. See additional information on establishing community codes of conduct.


The JEDI Task Force has coordinated to prepare a variety of other grant proposals and activities to work toward building a more inclusive community, including those working toward establishing a need-based graduate admission fee waiver program, and building part of a broader Bridge Program for students from PEER groups (Persons Excluded due to Ethnicity or Race) interested in graduate work in Earth and space science units.

Read our Summer 2020 School of Earth and Space Exploration Statement to our Community from the school's leadership team.

Contact Us

For more information on any of these activities and/or to contact the JEDI Task Force with any other questions or ideas, please email us at