UC Riverside Land Acknowledgement
We at UC Riverside would like to respectfully acknowledge and recognize our responsibility to the original and current caretakers of this land, water, and air: the Cahuilla [ka-wee-ahh], Tongva [tong-va], Luiseño [loo-say-ngo], and Serrano [se-ran-oh] peoples and all of their ancestors and descendants, past, present, and future. Today this meeting place is home to many Indigenous peoples from all over the world, including UCR faculty, students, and staff, and we are grateful to have the opportunity to live and work on these homelands.
Diversity brings creativity, innovation, and success
The Dirty Lab at UC Riverside is committed to creating an environment of mutual respect by welcoming with open arms participation of students, staff, and faculty from groups of any race, culture, age, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, national origin, citizenship status, language, physical or mental difference, religion, sex, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, subculture, geographic region, and more.
To serve all parts of the community equitably, this commitment is critical to sustaining the social fabric of our group, department, UCR, and the State of California. We, therefore, pledge to work towards equitable treatment and accessibility in our policies and procedures.
We recognize that historically marginalized groups are underrepresented within the environmental sciences, and we commit to move toward remedying underrepresentation within our teaching, training, hiring, and outreach. This is particularly relevant for environmental sciences, as our field often reveals structural inequities in environmental impacts related to human activities, including communities experiencing a higher burden of environmental pollution. Moreover, we recognize that 1) the diversity of California’s population has been, and continues to be, the source of innovative ideas and creative accomplishments throughout the state’s history, and that 2) the University of California was built on the mandate of making higher education available to all. We promise to fulfill that mandate to the best of our abilities through our group's words, actions, and policies.