Ten simple rules for building an anti-racist lab

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Bala Chaudhary, Asmeret Asefaw Berhe


Demographics of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workforce and student body in the U.S. and Europe continue to show severe underrepresentation of Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC). Among the documented causes of the persistent lack of diversity in STEM include bias, discrimination, and harassment of members of underrepresented minority groups (URMs). These issues persist due to continued marginalization, power imbalances, and lack of adequate policies against misconduct in academic and other scientific institutions. All scientists can play important roles in reversing this trend by shifting the culture of academic workplaces to intentionally implement equitable and inclusive policies, set norms for acceptable workplace conduct, and provide opportunities for mentorship and networking. As scientists are increasingly acknowledging the lack of racial and ethnic diversity in science, there is a need for clear direction on how to take anti-racist action. Here we present 10 rules to help labs develop anti-racists policies and action in an effort to promote racial and ethnic diversity, equity, and inclusion in science.




Life Sciences, Physical Sciences and Mathematics


Diversity, Equity, Inclusion


Published: 2020-06-18 15:09

Last Updated: 2020-08-16 11:04

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