The Neurodevelopmental Disorders Lab is committed to fostering an equitable, diverse, and inclusive environment for our research staff, students, and participants. We believe that the inclusion of diverse perspectives in our work is vitally important and we will continuously strive to attain equity in research through deliberate actions. We pledge our ongoing commitment to engage in professional and personal growth, cultural humility, education, and accountability as we work to best support the needs of our researchers and the families we are privileged to work with.
We recognize that a statement alone is not enough, and we are committed to being deliberate about promoting inclusion and diversity in our lab. We established a committee within our lab to focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion and identified the following as our goals for the upcoming year:
- Develop and implement a plan to recruit participants from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds. Identify barriers that may impede participation for those families and develop solutions.
- Explore and implement strategies to recruit undergraduate researchers from underrepresented backgrounds and set aside funds for a paid internship for one or two of these undergraduate researchers.
- Promote ongoing multicultural competence and diversity education for all lab members.
This is a dynamic process, and we welcome everyone in our community to join in this conversation with us.
Local/National Therapy Resources
- The Loveland Foundation. https://thelovelandfoundation.org/
- Therapy for Black Girls is an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls. https://therapyforblackgirls.com/
- Liberate Meditation. “Liberate is the #1 meditation app for the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color community” https://liberatemeditation.com/
- BLH Foundation launched a Free Virtual TherapySupport Campaign where individuals can receive up to five individual sessions until funds are exhausted. https://borislhensonfoundation.org/
- 13th on Netflix
- When They See Us
- Unnatural Causes
- NPR’s Code Switch
- Speaking of Racism
- Teaching While White
- African American Policy Forum
Book Discussion Ideas:
- Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, change the world, and become a good ancestor by Layla F. Saad
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Tears We Cannot Stop by Michael Eric Dyson
- How to be Anti-Racist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
- Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do by Jennifer Eberhardt
- Blind Spot by Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony Greenwald
- The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein
- Slavery By Another Name by Douglass A. Blackmon
- The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
- Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes affect us and what we can do by Claude Steele
- Just Mercy by Brian Stevenson
- I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
- Women, Race, & Class by Angela Davis
- We Want To Do More than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom by Bettina L. Love
Credit to the YESS Lab for this list of resources.