Lab committment to diversity, equity, and inclusion The Evans Lab is committed to fostering a diverse and positive lab climate. To this end, we aim to 1) provide a safe, equitable, and inclusive environment through deliberate actions, 2) to celebrate our differences and use them better our science and 3) respect individual needs, styles, and career goals and mentor accordingly 4) find areas to go above and beyond status quo to broaden representation in STEM, correcting historical opportunity imbalances and improving science.
From this committment, we generate accountable ACTIONS, which we will update annually:
July 2020: Evans Lab members organize Anti-Racist accountability group
June 2020- : Sarah serves on the KBS LTER DEI sub-committee and Academic Programs task force.
February 2020: Sarah co-organizes a faculty mentor workshop, to help faculty learn how to effectively mentor graduate students and postdocs
May 2020: Sarah was awarded an Outstanding Mentor Award from the Graduate School for her excellent mentoring and work on DEI initiatives.
June 2020: 6 members of the Evans Lab attended a Black Lives Matter protest in Kalamazoo. We also began several reading groups and lab meeting discussions on how we can take anti-racist action.
August 2019: Holly becomes chair of the Culture and Inclusion Committee - CiC (Sarah remains a member for her last year)
April 2019: Robert presents a brown bag seminar on research seminar question participation: Look who's talking now! Two years of observational data reveal striking gender and power disparities in who asks questions at KBS seminars
Jan. 2019: Sarah serves as a representative at MSU College of Natural Sciences all-day Cultural Competency Training workshop
Jan. 2019: Robert took it upon himself to log stats from Q&A sessions at a conference and published the results.
Dec. 2018: Sarah launches a “reaching broader audiences” guide for recruiting more diverse postdocs, grads, and undergraduates. The guide will continue to be updated as we gather more resources.
Nov 2018: The KBS Climate Survey is launched! Corinn Rutkoski played a large part in developing this survey (in addition to the CiC committee)
Nov 2018: Evans lab helps plan and participates in the first inclusive science series at KBS. This includes visits from Deborah Goldberg, Checo Colón-Gaud, and James Nieh, and a workshop “Supporting People of Color in Ecology and Evolution”.
July 2018: Robert and others are awarded a grant (“Advancing inclusion in science through cultural competency training and collaborative workshops with national STEM diversity leaders”) from the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives at Michigan State.
May 2018: the Evans Lab all help plan, and all participate in a half-day of Facilitated discussion on KBS Climate
Jan 2018: Sarah and Robert are among the first members of the KBS’s Culture and Inclusion Committee (CiC).