Excellence in Diversity

In the Specht lab, we are strongly committed to achieving excellence through diversity. We are aware of biases, conscious and unconscious, in academia and in science and we actively seek to reduce the role of these biases in our own decisions and in those of our colleagues and collaborators. We work together to combat prejudice and work toward equity and inclusion, within the lab and in the communities with whom we interact - on campus and beyond. We are eager to contribute to the diversity of scholarship in the Botanical Sciences and in Evolutionary Biology, as individuals and in the actions we take to teach, train, mentor, recruit and retain scholars from diverse backgrounds and with diverse perspectives. We are intolerant of actions and language that seek to limit our potential or dismiss the impact of who we are and what we can accomplish through excellence in scholarship, research, education, and outreach.

Below you can find some information on diversity in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Arts!) and why we are committed to fostering diversity especially in the fields of Botany, Systematics and Evolutionary Biology. Please feel free to let us know of resources to add to the list, or if you find updated material you'd like us to consider:

"Diversity in STEM - What it is and why it matters?" Scientific American Blog

Diversity in STEAM magazine 

"Diversity: Pride in science" - Nature  - on being LGBTQ in STEM

"Women in Science" Nature - Special Issue

"Equality: Standing out" - Nature, about how a "welcoming lab environment and networking organizations help lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender scientists to excel."

"The remarkably different answers men and women give when asked who's the smartest in the class" The Washington Post

"Science faculty's subtle gender biases favor male students" PNAS

An article on implicit bias in letters of recommendation by Trix & Psenka