The practice of science is a human endeavor. Our work built upon the work of many previous generations, and as done today, science is a collaborative enterprise. Therefore, if science is to function at its fullest potential, then it must be inclusive of all people, regardless of background. Discrimination makes science poorer by leaving out individuals who would otherwise contribute and preventing diverse perspectives that enrich our understanding of our world. For this reason, our lab is structured to make the scientific enterprise more equitable, both in process and result. Below are the principles, code of conduct, and specific actions we follow, adhere to, and take so that science is more diverse, equitable, and inclusive.
Below are a set of principles that guide the lab in our efforts to diversify science.
- Science is a fundamentally human enterprise and cannot be divorced from its practitioners .Discrimination based upon race, ethnicity, culture, religion, creed, gender, gender-identity, sexuality, mental and physical ability and differences, socio-economics and geography have no place in science.
- Knowledge is power and can be wielded for both beneficial and detrimental purposes. Any knowledge gain from our scientific enterprise cannot be used for the detriment or further and continued oppression of any groups of people.
- Science is can inform our moral judgements by better describing the world we live and giving us the tools to understand that world. Cherry-picking of facts and willful misinterpretation of data to confirm preexisting biases only serves to further poison the scientific enterprise.
Code of Conduct
From these principles arises a code of conduct to which every lab member must adhere.
- Our lab members agree not to participate in any behavior that discriminates against anyone in the lab based upon. Such behavior includes but is not limited to verbal or written comments, harassment, and assault. Instead, we agree to uplift and support all members of the lab, helping them grow and become better versions of themselves.
- We strive to empower vulnerable and marginalized communities with the knowledge gained from our endeavors.
- We commit to having our thoughts and biases continuously and rigorously challenged. Discomfort is a necessary part of growth, and so we challenge ourselves and each other with the intent to provide positive feedback and understand that others do the same when they challenge us.
The actions and practices by which we express this code of conduct can be varied and take many forms. We do not value nor proscribe one set of methods over the other, so long as their are effective an contribute. Some of the actions we take as a lab are:
- Distributing gained knowledge to marginalized and underserved communities
- Partnering with underserved communities to develop projects goals and action
- Reading DEI literature and staying up-to-date with concepts
- Developing new tools to increase access to science