Diversity, Diversity, Diversity! Science is science - so sociodemographic characteristics such as age, gender and culture shouldn’t matter, right? Wrong! Scientists from different backgrounds, different races or ethnicities, and different career paths can have very different perspectives. They may ask different questions, have different methodologies, and offer different techniques. All these differences equate to better science!
The first step to address diversity is understanding your biases, especially unconscious biases. Try out these self-assessment tools listed below to learn more about uncovering sources of bias thoughts and behaviors:
Next, check out these videos, Mentor Training to Improve Diversity in Science 1 and Mentor Training to Improve Diversity in Science 2 developed by the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) to provide training on the enhancement of culturally sensitive mentoring.
Another helpful resource is Creating and Maintaining High-Performing Collaborative Research Teams: The Importance of Diversity and Interpersonal Skills featured by The Ecological Society of America.
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