Honesty – Addressing inequities in our Department requires a sincere reckoning with the racist, sexist, and other discriminatory tendencies that have shaped our society and the scientific community. We pledge to evaluate our current environment with open eyes and seek to understand the lived experiences of all Department members, grounding our deliberations in data wherever possible.
Respect – We pledge to treat everyone as individuals who deserve the full measure of regard for their inherent value regardless of their identity or role in the Department. We will assume good faith in all discussions and treat all thoughts shared with our Committee as genuine attempts at constructive discussion.
Transparency – We will be open about our processes, findings, and recommendations while observing due discretion for sensitive personal disclosures. All Department members are welcome to engage the Committee and receive an accurate account of our work.
Creativity– Science is a creative endeavor, and our Committee will bring that same approach to our work. We will find novel solutions where necessary and encourage thoughtful, open inquiry into the best means to reach our goals of equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Venetia Baldwin (Co-Chair)
Dan Kessler (Co-Chair)