The events of summer 2020, including the increased visibility of the Black Lives Matter movement, inspired us to reaffirm our existing commitment to equity and inclusion and to think more critically about racism in the academy and in STEM. Our lab created this document together to communicate our commitment to each other and to the broader community.
The Maney lab is committed to fostering a community of growth and inclusion. Below, we have listed the collective actions we will take to create a welcoming and uplifting environment for everyone regardless of race, gender, sexuality, age, nationality, religion, or disability.
As lab members, we agree to:
Actively learn about our individual privileges and how to utilize our privilege to uplift those who may struggle in ways we don’t understand.
Listen to one another.
Solve problems together.
Respect one another’s space, belongings, and safety.
Commit to being mindful about the implications of our research in a broader societal context, careful in the way we interpret our own and others’ findings, and conscientious in our communication both within academia and in the public domain.
Practice having productive and honest conversations, including those that make us uncomfortable.
Be open to feedback about the impact of our actions, acknowledge the harm we may cause, apologize without making excuses, be willing to learn, and adjust our behavior.
Remember that while we are all here to be scientists, we are also all human and will make mistakes.
We commit to revisiting and revising this document on a regular basis as we continue to learn how we, as a community of scientists, can help address inequalities and injustices and effect change.
This document was last updated on September 14, 2020.