The Fendorf Lab stands against systemic racism and discrimination. We recognize that racism and other forms of discrimination persist in academia, and we seek to address discriminatory structures in academia as a whole that have impacted people of color and individuals from historically underrepresented backgrounds in the sciences. We are committed to examining and expanding our lab values and practices to ensure a safe and just research environment for everyone. The historic and most recent civil rights movement to recognize Black lives and uproot systemic injustices reinforce the need to engage in authentic and ongoing reflective practice. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values in our lab—but we know we have work to do. We invite other academics and prospective lab members to reach out to us to hear more about the steps we are taking towards this goal and to share actions you may be taking.
We are committed to embracing diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, religion, ability, sexual orientation, and economic background. Diversity strengthens communities and workplaces, while challenging stereotyped biases and encouraging critical thinking. Diversity is a cornerstone of creativity and ingenuity, and it is critical to our science and community. Our group seeks to recruit and support members from diverse backgrounds that have been historically underrepresented in the sciences. We invite all individuals, however you define your individuality, to work with us. Building an inclusive environment is a dynamic process; we regularly assess how our actions ensure that our lab members thrive.
We acknowledge and appreciate that our lab sits on the ancestral lands of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe. More than 40 Native groups call the greater Bay Area their home. We offer our thanks for the opportunity to live and work on their traditional homeland. We celebrate the culture and perseverance of the Muwekma Ohlone people to keep their identity strong, and we are committed to support their efforts and contributions to diversity. In addition to seeking federal acknowledgement, protecting and reviving space for over 425 Shellmounds (burial and ceremonial site in Emeryville) is an issue that Ohlone continue to face and we challenge our Stanford community to learn about and support their efforts.
Here are some resources to learn more:
- Recruit and promote people from diverse and intersectional backgrounds, perspectives, and life experiences in the sciences.
- Build and sustain an inclusive, respectful, and supportive community and space.
- Practice open, transparent, and accessible science.
- Fairly represent and promote the collective views of the group and who can hold knowledge.