Building a DI&E Culture in Research Groups

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Dr. Donald Outing, vice president for equity and community, and Dr. Lesley Chow, assistant professor of materials science and bioengineering, shared thoughts with Science Magazine on incorporating DI&E initiatives into research groups and classes.  The article, titled "How to begin building a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion in your research group," the magazine posits that to advance science, insitutional strategic plans must thoughtfully craft a culture that honors DI&E principles. "By not creating more inclusive lab spaces, you risk becoming illegitimate in the eyes of those who will be seeking these opportunities in the future," says Outing. Chow intentionally creates a safe space in the lab where individuals feel seen, heard and respected. "I also tell my group if something happens [to you], tell me so I can stand up and fight for [you]," she says.  Read the full article here.