Throughout my teaching, advising, and mentoring, I am committed to providing a safe, accessible, and equitable space and place where all students feel not only welcome but able to thrive. I have lots to still learn, but I am keeping a growth mindset and allowing myself to be open to change my opinions, views, and thoughts on subjects that I am familiar with and also those that are new to me. As always, my students are amazingly good at calling me in to ideas, circumstances, and practices that are more just, equitable, and inclusive in my laboratory and classroom. What is most clear to me is that access does not equal inclusion and belonging and as teachers and researchers, we must work especially hard to make sure our laboratories and classrooms are as inclusive as possible.
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Equity and Inclusion in the Biology department at Amherst College
I am also committed to the Being Human in STEM (HSTEM) movement, ethos, and course. To learn more about HSTEM and its principles, here is a great starting place:
I acknowledge the Indigenous homelands and resources in the Kwinitekw Valley where our work, research, teaching, and learning takes place and the histories of colonialism and genocide that brought us to this land today: stolen Nonotuck land upon which the Five Colleges are built, the Nipmuc and the Wampanoag to the East, the Mohegan and Pequot to the South, the Mohican to the West, and the Abenaki to the North. I acknowledge that many Indigenous nations from the territory now called "southern New England" still survive and still exercise sovereignty.
Below is a small subset of recent articles and webpages that are well worth reading and exploring:
Are We Ready? The Future of Inclusive Excellence in STEM
Ten simple rules for building an antiracist lab
V. Bala Chaudhary , Asmeret Asefaw Berhe
Toward an Anti-Racist Approach to Biomedical and Neuroscience Research
Nicholas W. Gilpin and Michael A. Taffe
Supporting mental health and productivity within labs
Meghan A.Duffy, Natalie C.Tronson, Daniel Eisenberg
Minority Tax Reform — Avoiding Overtaxing Minorities When We Need Them Most
Theresa Williamson, C. Rory Goodwin, Peter A. Ubel
Celebrating Scientists with Disabilities
Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering
Provides statistical information about the participation of these three groups in science and engineering education and employment. A formal report, in the form of a digest, is issued every 2 years.