Diversity and Inclusion in STEM
The fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) have long lacked diversity. Microbiology and Ecology & Evolution are no different. In the Turner lab we believe it is our responsibility to work to help end this problem. We are committed to educating ourselves and others about the issues surrounding diversity in STEM. We are also committed to combatting problems like bias and prejudice, and contributing to efforts to improve diversity, inclusion, and equity in our lab, our department, our university, and our field.
We seek to build a community that:
  • Fosters an environment where all individuals are respected, regardless of race, ethnicity, culture, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability, status, or any other identities
  • Trains all members about implicit and explicit biases, their effects, and how to address and prevent biased behavior
  • Breaks down barriers faced by historically underrepresented communities, especially in access, retention, and advancement in science
  • Builds a network of open dialogue and support among all members, where everyone feels appreciated and valued for their experiences and contributions