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.
A collection of articles describing challenges faced by underrepresented groups in science and academia.
A highlight of successful efforts to improve diversity within labs, departments, and institutions.
A cover story highlighting studies that have demonstrated prejudice in hiring decisions based on gender, race, and ethnicity.
(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.
(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.