The HAIR Lab acts intentionally to uphold the commitment to diversity, equity, inclusivity, and belonging (DEIB) stated by the Yale Child Study Center to ensure that people of all different identities are represented in, included in, and benefit from our research.
HAIR Lab DEIB Statement
We recognize that DEIB is a shared responsibility that requires a conscious effort across research and education within and outside of our lab. We value diversity as a strength to improving our academic and scientific pursuits. We believe that prioritizing diverse perspectives in our research will both strengthen our science and expand the applicability of our findings to a wider population, and we are committed to consistently working toward creating the conditions that will support and expand a more diverse community.
Our lab welcomes individuals from all backgrounds and identities, including but not limited to nationality, culture, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, ability status, education, socioeconomic status, documentation status, and training level.
We do not tolerate discrimination or any indication of intolerance of any kind towards others. We hold ourselves, and each other, accountable to ensure equity and inclusivity in all that we do. We consistently work together to examine and disrupt any biases we hold to promote an inclusive environment.
Our current efforts, which will be continually updated, in fostering DEIB in the HAIR Lab include:
- Always assuming diversity – in meetings, in research and education settings, and in all other relevant HAIR lab activities.
- Attending racial equity workshops to keep educating ourselves on DEIB and share our learning and progress with each other. Hold regular lab-wide discussions of research articles and topics related to DEIB in comparative/developmental psychology and behavioral neuroscience research. We commit to sharing and reflecting on what we learn to continuously inform our practices. We consider DEIB issues as relevant to all lab conversations.
- Collaboration with diverse researchers, and recruitment of diverse participants for our research studies, to ensure representation of our findings.
- Writing papers and applying for research funding to support studies of diversity relevant to research in the HAIR Lab.
- Maintain an updated compilation of DEIB educational resources for lab members.
- An active, conscious, and continual effort to speak about DEIB as a lab and to reduce stigma in our speech and writing.
- Ensuring there are diverse voices on our research team to ensure that there is consideration of the needs of different communities and that we are better able to serve the diverse participants that are recruited.
For those interested in working in the HAIR Lab, we make efforts to advertise job opportunities to a wider applicant pool and are committed to recruiting a diverse research team reflecting a range of experiences, identities, and levels of training.
We commit to consistent efforts toward DEIB in the HAIR Lab, and we welcome any suggestions and partnerships to further our progress.
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