Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI)
Welcome! Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is an incredibly diverse place to work, train, and conduct science, with employees who hail from more than sixty different countries throughout the world. Indeed, diversity is central to our mission of advancing discovery in biology research and education. From secondary education and enrichment programs run through the DNA Learning Center to the laboratories of our faculty and principal investigators, CSHL thrives by assembling a rich mix of people who are provided the resources and creative freedom to develop new ideas, solve problems, and advance science.
Historically CSHL’s research staff, like that of many other institutions, has not reflected the demographic diversity of the United States. We recognize this as both a social and scientific shortcoming, one we’ve been working hard to rectify. CSHL’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion was set up to run programs, work with divisions and departments throughout campus, and assess policies and procedures on an ongoing basis to ensure CSHL welcomes, includes, and supports all employees regardless of sex, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, disability status, veteran status, or age.
Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Director: Charla Lambert, Ph.D., email@example.com
CSHL’s Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI), led by Dr. Charla Lambert, integrates and oversees efforts across multiple divisions to promote equitable and inclusive working environments on campus. Nationally, Dr. Lambert has served on the SACNAS Board of Directors and reviewed applications for the HHMI Gilliam Fellowship program as well as for various NIH R25 educational grant programs. Within CSHL, she developed the DEI framework and strategy for the Meetings & Courses Program, and was co-principal investigator on an NIH IPERT grant that was focused on scientific training, mentoring, outreach, and community building for CSHL’s postgraduate short course program. Dr. Lambert has a bachelor’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Ph.D. in Genome Sciences from the University of Washington in Seattle, and postdoctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania through the NIH IRACDA fellowship program.
John P. Tuke
Chief Operating Officer
Vice President of Human Resources
David L. Spector, Ph.D.
Director of Research
Robert B. Gardner, Jr. Professor
Sydney Gary, Ph.D.
Director of Research Operations
See all diversity-related articles going back multiple years on the CSHL Newsstand.
CSHL endorses ALBA Declaration on Equity and Inclusion
January 12, 2021
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is endorsing the ALBA Declaration on Equity and Inclusion to promote equality in the field of neuroscience.
Profile: Rebecca Leshan
November 11, 2020
Rebecca Leshan, Ph.D. leads the Banbury Center, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s science think tank.
CSHL WiSE earns community support grant from Mary’s Pence
November 6, 2020
CSHL WiSE wins award to continue supporting and empowering women scientists and engineers on campus and beyond.
DNA Learning Center Nigeria opens to local students
October 16, 2020
A small university in Nigeria hosts Africa’s first DNA Learning Center and plans to serve hundreds of students with hands-on genetics instruction.
New genetic research to understand racial disparity in cancers
September 8, 2020
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory will study the genetic contributions of ethnicity to colon, endometrial, and pancreas cancers in African Americans.
CSHL trustees vote on future of graduate school
July 3, 2020
The CSHL Board of Trustees voted to restore the original name of the graduate program to the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory School of Biological Sciences.
CSHL joins “Life Science Across the Globe” seminar series
June 29, 2020
CSHL will present two talks at the “Life Science Across the Globe” seminar series on July 8.
CSHL projects education outward
May 28, 2020
The CSHL DNA Learning Center is leading the education field in building virtual, interactive science experiences.
A science career path: Jason Williams
April 24, 2020
He is now a leader at the DNA Learning Center, the place that taught him to love biology in high school.
Carol Greider: Nobel Prize-winning rogue biologist
March 31, 2020
CSHL alumna Carol Greider won the Nobel Prize and is a champion for diversity. But her dyslexia almost derailed her career before it began.
Faculty Diversity & Development
Faculty Hiring: The standing Committee on Faculty Hiring is charged with regularly reviewing faculty recruitment and hiring processes, and supporting faculty search committees in best practices for enhancing diversity in applicant, interview, and hiring pools.
Faculty Development: The standing Committee on Faculty Development designs programs for training and advising CSHL faculty in best practices for sustaining equitable and inclusive lab environments.
Leadership & Mentorship Training
Task Force on Inclusive Imagery
In 2017, a survey on sexual violence and prevention was administered to current CSHL graduate students including WSBS students, students-in-residence, visiting students, and rotating students. Details and summaries of the outcomes are linked from this page.
CSHL is a member of the Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education, a coalition formed by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) in response to the 2018 NASEM report on Sexual Harassment of Women. Through the Action Collaborative, research and training institutions collectively identify, develop, implement, and assess efforts to address and prevent all forms of sexual harassment while promoting campus climates of civility and respect. As a member of the Action Collaborative, CSHL has committed to implement and test new programs, policies, and practices and share the results with other member institutions.
Banbury Meeting on Increasing Gender Diversity in the Biosciences
A December 2018 meeting at CSHL’s Banbury Center convened experts to discuss “Increasing Gender Diversity in the Biosciences” (pdf). Organized by Carol Greider (Johns Hopkins University) and Jason Sheltzer (CSHL), the meeting identified concrete approaches for promoting and supporting the advancement of women in science. Leaders from diverse fields connected to brainstorm new approaches, inspire innovative new ideas, identify emerging issues, and ultimately develop recommendations and practical solutions for recruiting, supporting, and retaining more women in senior positions. The full meeting report and list of recommendations was published in a November 2019 issue of Science magazine.
Affinity groups at CSHL are launched and led by students, postdocs, and research technicians, with financial and logistical support from faculty and the central administration.
WiSE is a network of scientists building a more supportive, collaborative, and equal scientific community for all. They provide a platform for professional development and empowerment through mentorship, career planning, and educational opportunities tailored toward issues disproportionally affecting women. WiSE is open to all members of the CSHL community.
In a typical year, you’d be able to meet CSHL representatives in person at a variety of events across the country; see below for a map of our travel schedule in the 2019-2020 school year, for example. Until it’s safe to travel and convene in large groups again, we’ll be conducting information sessions about our programs and opportunities virtually. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.