Tiny Earth has always had diversity at its core. In response to the social unrest of 2020, and inspired by a list of student demands from Black medical students at Stanford University, the Tiny Earth community expanded the traditional DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) framework to include antiracism (A) and justice (J).
Incorporating antiracism and justice into the naming of our principles was intended to highlight the role of power dynamics, the historical impacts of privilege, and the legacies of racism in instructional design and learning environments—the elements of education that instructors control. Therefore, we updated the name of our “Diversity” efforts to “AJEDI” (antiracism, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion).
The AJEDI acronym continues to guide the community of practice through iterative adaptation and adoption of a curriculum that upholds these principles. While Tiny Earth’s early AJEDI materials were created primarily for teaching digitally due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many instructors have adapted them for their face-to-face courses. For more information, check out our upcoming publication in JMBE!