JEDI = justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion
justice = doing what’s right
equity = leveling the playing field
diversity = representation
inclusion = all voices are considered
Why does JEDI matter in our field? It matters because diverse and inclusive
scientists do research that is relevant to more of society (1). It matters
because it’s not enough to say we support equal opportunity when our
country and its institutions weren’t designed with everyone in mind.
I welcome conversation on these topics, and am interested in mentoring students from underrepresented groups.
So far, our lab group at Clemson University has been working on a project to quantify how much undergraduates need to be paid for summer internships, and how that varies across identities (i.e., race/ethnicity, gender). We also wanted to understand other priorities and barriers for students.
(1) Science benefits from diversity: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-05326-3