It is becoming increasingly clear that diversity is crucial to the success of science. More diverse workplaces are more creative and more productive, and less susceptible to bias. As scientists invested in the progress of the scientific enterprise, I believe we need to endeavor to increase many components of diversity (e.g., racial, economic, gender) at all levels of science--from K-12 to full professors, invited speakers and committee members.
Strategies for increasing diversity
Our lab employs several strategies to increase diversity in STEM:
-We recruit lab members through DiversifyEEB and by specifically requesting that underrepresented groups apply
-In the classroom, we showcase the work of diverse scientists who have contributed to advances in the field
-We visit and host visits from schools that have large minority populations, and participate in outreach events targeting nontraditional audiences
-We are part of 500 Women Scientists, an organization that pledges to increase diversity and inclusion in science and society.
I believe that it is crucial for scientists from traditional backgrounds to educate ourselves on the importance of diversity and the difficulties that underrepresented scientists face. In addition, we need to make sure we are giving a voice to these scientists. There are a lot of eloquent, brilliant people who write about these things and share their stories. Here are some scientists to follow on Twitter: