Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Members of our team are dedicated to inclusivity and anti-racism (and anti-“isms” altogether). We will not discriminate on the basis of race/ethnicity, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, socioeconomic status, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ability status, marital/parental status, or veteran status. We firmly believe that science strongly benefits from diverse perspectives, and we are excited about continuing to train scientists from any and all traditional and non-traditional backgrounds. There are many paths to becoming a scientist, and we welcome and encourage applications from all looking to walk those paths.

Furthermore, in light of overt acts of racist violence, especially those spurring #ShutDownSTEM in 2020, we have committed ourselves to give these myriad forms of diversity consideration in the science we practice. We collectively affirmed that we will incorporate dimensions of diversity in both human nature (genetics and sex) and nurture (social and sociocultural factors) in human genetics-oriented work. The ultimate goals of incorporating diversity into our work are twofold: 1) achieving greater equality in healthcare advances and 2) promoting greater awareness of the importance of–and inequalities in–social determinants of health.