Explore Implicit Bias in Academia

Education researchers at University of Wisconsin created a video game called FairPlay to illustrate how implicit bias manifests itself in the world of biomedical research. Thanks to support from Fred Hutch Human Resources, I was able to attend a workshop hosted by the game creators at ABRCMS. In the game, you play Jamal Davis, an African American male, as he navigates his first few days and weeks as a new graduate student at a prestigious university. The game is available to download for free and can be played on Mac or Windows PCs. To download or read more about FairPlay, visit http://gameslearningsociety.org/fairplay_microsite/ Continue reading Explore Implicit Bias in Academia

International Science

Hutch United is hosting a Spring Workshop on Mentoring International Trainees on May 28th, 2015. In anticipation, here I share some reflections on the international nature of science and a preview of what Andrea, Erin, Terry and the rest of the team are preparing for discussion at the workshop. One of the most rewarding and unique experiences of working as a scientist is the opportunity to work with others who hail from all corners of the world. It’s not uncommon to have more than four or five different countries represented within a single lab. A huge plus of having international colleagues is the … Continue reading International Science

The business case for diversity

Here’s an interesting piece discussing a McKinsey study of a large number of data sets from a broad range of industries that shows companies with more diversity at the executive and management levels are more profitable. “Companies in the top quartile for racial and ethnic diversity are 35 percent more likely to have financial returns above their respective national industry medians. Companies in the top quartile for gender diversity are 15 percent more likely to have financial returns above their respective national industry medians. Companies in the bottom quartile both for gender and for ethnicity and race are statistically less likely to achieve above-average … Continue reading The business case for diversity

Faking it

The first time I noticed the lack of diversity in the sciences was as a young graduate student as I listened to a seminar and noticed that I was one of only a few people of color in a full auditorium. I distinctly remember feeling both intimidated and conspicuous. I’m sure I wasn’t the only new graduate student who felt intimidated. It was common feeling among everyone in our class, regardless of color. We had even learned there was a name for what we were feeling, ‘impostor syndrome.’ The thing forme was that the feeling of being an impostor wasn’t … Continue reading Faking it