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Ten simple rules for building an anti-racist lab

This excellent paper by V. Bala Chaudhary and Asmeret Asefaw Berhe provide concrete actions, and how to manage them, for building a diverse and anti-racist lab.

Read the full paper her 10.32942/

Rule 1: Lead informed discussions about anti-racism in your lab regularly

Rule 2: Address racism in your lab and field safety guidelines

Rule 3: Publish papers and write grants with BIPOC colleagues

Rule 4: Evaluate your lab’s mentoring practices

Rule 5: Amplify voices of BIPOC scientists in your field

Rule 6: Support BIPOC in their efforts to organize

Rule 7: Intentionally recruit BIPOC students and staff

Rule 8: Adopt a dynamic research agenda

Rule 9: Advocate for racially diverse leadership in science

Rule 10: Hold the powerful accountable and don’t expect gratitude

So, what do I think that I as a group leader for

should focus more on?

I can certainly enforce Rule 1 and 2 much more. I am doing OK on proposal writing and Rule 8 (but will keep up). I will take some action on Rule 4, and be more active in Rule 5 and 6. I currently have ongoing actions relating to 7, 9 and 10.


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