Hedrick Lab Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
As a lab, our main goal is to better understand the natural world and the organisms that inhabit it. Including people of all backgrounds in that endeavor is important not only for furthering our understanding of nature, but also for communicating it to others. Diverse perspectives and experiences bring unique insights, approaches, and questions to science and as such, it is critical for students of all backgrounds to participate in and contribute to the advancement of science. However, STEM labs often do not embody or reflect the diversity of communities as a whole. We commit to involving members of different races, ethnicities, gender identities and sexualities, religions, educational backgrounds, and other identities in STEM to propel science forward. This stance is a central value of the Hedrick Lab.
If any members feel that they are being harassed or discriminated against, they should contact Dr. Brandon Hedrick (email@example.com) or the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (https://www.lsuhsc.edu/diversity/).
The Hedrick Lab’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is re-evaluated once every year given that contributing to DEI efforts is an ongoing and ever-changing process and to make sure all lab members are aligned with the Lab’s vision.