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Diversity Matters in Science

Diversity Matters in Science

Diversity and inclusion are integral to the advancement of science. Diversity of ideas, perspectives, and life experiences enhances productivity and creativity in the scientific endeavor, and produces more equitable working environments in which scientists can thrive. However, as a reflection of society, academic science has exhibited systemic biases against marginalized groups by race, ethnicity, gender and gender identity, and sexual orientation.

Below is a short collection of commentaries and primary research on these topics.


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NeuWrite West

NeuWrite West Blog Series: Inequality in STEM

In 2018, the Stanford-based chapter of NeuWrite compiled a blog series on gender and racial inequalites in STEM and what we can do to address them.

Recommended Readings

Achieving diversity in research

(Nature, 2020)

A collection of articles describing challenges faced by underrepresented groups in science and academia.

Science benefits from diversity 

(Nature, 2018)

A highlight of successful efforts to improve diversity within labs, departments, and institutions. 

Racial and gender bias plague postdoc hiring

(Science, 2019)

A cover story highlighting studies that have demonstrated prejudice in hiring decisions based on gender, race, and ethnicity.

Missing in Action: African Ancestry Brain Research

(Weinberger, Dzirasa, & Cumpton-Young. Cell, 2020)

Genetic studies of neurological and psychiatric disorders have historically excluded individuals of African Ancestry, widening the gap in medical research and treatment availability for these disorders. The authors highlight a new African Ancestry Neuroscience Research Initiative to address this problem.

The Impacts of Racism and Bias on Black People Pursuing Careers in Science, Engineering, and Medicine: Proceedings of a Workshop

(Jones, Bright, & Laurencin, eds. National Academies Press, 2020)

A discussion of systemic racism and bias as key drivers of underrepresentation and disparate outcomes for Black scientists, engineers, and medical professionals.