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Lab commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

The Jackson Lab strives to provide a diverse, safe, and inclusive environment in the lab and in the field.  We aim to: 1) Listen, first and foremost; 2) Treat everyone equally and fairly, evaluating our biases through discussions of diversity and inclusion in (typically) weekly DEI lab meetings; 3) Mentor everyone to accomplish their growth, leadership, and career goals; 4) Support all lab members for their careers, including a commitment to their success and well-being after they leave Stanford: 5) Promote a more diverse gender, racial, and cultural balance in our lab and in and beyond Stanford Earth, particularly for people of under-represented BIPOC communities; 6) Work actively to correct past and present inequities in STEM and beyond. We further acknowledge the Muwekma Ohlone people on whose ancestral land Stanford resides.


Here are examples of some recent efforts that lab members lead in diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism practices and outreach:

  • Con Ciencia En Las Américas” YouTube seminar series in Spanish (organized by Sarah Féron & Shersingh Tumber-Dávila)
  • Op-Ed on Environmental Justice and Sustainability at Stanford (Sibyl Diver, Emily Polk, Rodolfo Dirzo, Rob Jackson, and others)
  • Weekly lab JDEI Coffee chats (all lab members)
  • Initiative for Environmental Sustainability and Equity at Stanford (Rob Jackson, Sibyl Diver, Emily Polk, Rodolfo Dirzo, and others)
  • Teaching “Diversity and Inclusion in the Geosciences” (EARTH 203) (Shersingh Tumber-Dávila)
  • Mentoring Stanford Earth SURGE  and other Research Experiences for Undergraduates (Adam, Devin, Eric, Shersingh, Leehi, Rob & other lab members)
  • Skype a classroom on science careers - 9th graders from The School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt, Nashville, TN (Avni Malhotra); Amos Alonzo Stagg High School in Palos Hills, IL (Leehi Yona)
  • Review school/department policies on respectful and inclusive behavior as a member of the Stanford Earth Respectful Community Committee (Chenghao Wang)

Resources from Stanford