Diversity of people and thought is a part of Synberc's fabric and a key to our research success. The ambitious aims of synthetic biology can only be realized by a research community that is as diverse as the communities it endeavors to benefit. We believe that it is the responsibility of every member of Synberc to consider and advance practices that best promote diversity and inclusion.
One of the ways that we aim to acheive this goal is by providing information and resources to our community. Check out our Diversity Perspectives and Resources Page to find lists of blogs websites and articles that are focused on diversity and inclusion in STEM. If you have any suggestions for articles please let us know!
Check out some of our current diversity efforts:
- Diversity at Synberc: Shaping the field of synthetic biology through inclusion
This is a statement of Synberc's guiding principles about diversity and inclusion. It examines why diversity is essential and what we really mean when we say "diversity." It outlines some specific challenges to achieving diversity and inclusion and how Synberc can address them.
- Expanding Potential Workshop
This workshop was held November 15, 2014, Synberc and QB3-Berkely at UC Berkeley which addressed the hurdles faced by women in STEM fields, and provided career development and networking opportunities. Video of the event is available here.
- Encourage women speakers at conferences
Women are chronically underrepresented at the podium of science meetings. Besides being outright discouraging, this may also perpetuate the known bias against female scientists. Synberc offers a database of women speakers in synthetic biology related fields, and a template letter you can use to encourage conference organizers to improve female representation in their speaker selection.
- Celebrate women in synthetic biology
This Pinterest page profiles some of the remarkable efforts of women in Synberc and synthetic biology. Share it with others and encourage them to do the same. Suggest additional profiles to us!
- Educational partnerships for diversity
Synberc has developed strong relationships with a number of excellent programs that grow the diversity pipeline at the K-12 and undergraduate levels.
Synberc's Diversity Mission is carried out by our Diversity Team:
- Pamela Silver, Diversity Director
- Bernardo Cervantes, Diversity Fellow
- Susan Marqusee, Education Program Director
- Shaila Kotadia, Education, Outreach, and Diversity Manager
- Kevin Costa, Managing Director
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