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 assess policies and procedures on an ongoing basis to ensure they best support all employees regardless of sex, gender, gender expression, 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) integrates and oversees efforts across multiple divisions to promote equitable and inclusive working environments on campus. The office is led by Charla Lambert, a staff member in the Meetings & Courses division who has a long history of DEI work and contributions. Nationally, Dr. Lambert has served on the SACNAS Board of Directors and reviewed applications for the HHMI Gilliam Fellowship program. Within CSHL, she 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
Alex Gann, Ph.D.
Lita Annenberg Hazen Dean of the Watson School of Biological Sciences
David J. Stewart, Ph.D.
Executive Director of the Meetings & Courses Program
Rebecca Leshan, Ph.D.
Director of the Banbury Center
See all diversity-related articles going back multiple years on the CSHL Newsstand.
Congressman Suozzi honors Regeneron scholars at CSHL
February 26, 2020
Congressman Tom Suozzi congratulated Regeneron semi-finalists, including two Partners for the Future, at a ceremony hosted at CSHL.
Scientists take action to prevent sexual harassment and bias
November 7, 2019
Scientists gathered at Banbury Center last year to discuss ways to prevent gender bias and sexual harassment in science.
Partnership raises funds for women in science
October 4, 2019
Partnership raises more than $200,000 to support women in science.
CSHL graduate student wins HHMI fellowship
August 15, 2019
WSBS student David Johnson won a 2019 Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study for leadership and diversity in science.
2019 CSHL Open House was a hit!
June 13, 2019
Over 650 neighbors and science enthusiasts visited the 2019 Open House at CSHL.
Hitting the high notes at the Lab
May 23, 2019
The CSHL choir is a cherished tradition, bringing song to some of the Lab’s most important occasions. Learn more about the history of this storied group.
Recruiting diversity—a day at a time
May 23, 2019
CSHL hosted its first Diversity Recruitment Day with undergrads from underrepresented groups, visiting the campus for a day of talks and tours.
CSHL celebrates 20 years of graduate school at 2019 commencement
May 20, 2019
The Watson School of Biological Sciences held its 16th commencement, with seven researchers graduating with doctoral degrees.
An essay from the President: Biology for the planet
May 16, 2019
CSHL plant scientists are looking for solutions to the biggest questions in agriculture as environments are reshaped by climate change.
Congressman Suozzi congratulates CSHL Partner for the Future
March 7, 2019
Partner for the Future Pragati Muthukumar received a special commendation from Congressman Tom Suozzi.
Faculty Diversity Committee
CSHL is committed to ensuring our faculty work in an environment that is equitable and inclusive regardless of sex, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, or age. We continually assess and work to improve our faculty recruitment, promotion, and retention policies with this goal in mind. Current initiatives in this area include an internal review of faculty recruitment processes, and the development of a symposium that will bring young researchers from diverse backgrounds to Cold Spring Harbor annually to present their science and learn more about being on the faculty at CSHL.
Leadership & Mentorship Training
As part of CSHL’s career and professional development efforts, we are currently implementing mentorship training for CSHL faculty, postdocs, and students based on curriculum from the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research at the University of Wisconsin. Our goal is to foster a research training environment that is inclusive and supportive for all trainees.
Being a scientific institution, CSHL believes the first step in almost any project involves data collection and literature review. To wit, we conduct regular climate assessments to understand employees’ and trainees’ perceptions of the working environment on campus. With the help of Mercer|Sirota, we are currently conducting an assessment designed to learn whether our employees and trainees see CSHL as a workplace that is free from harassment and discrimination.
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. Currently, two affinity groups on campus are devoted to groups historically underrepresented or marginalized in biomedical and biological research.
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.
DIAS aims to support, empower, and advocate for underrepresented (UR) scientists, in particular scientists from historically marginalized racial/ethnic groups (Black/African-American, Hispanic/LatinX, American Indian/Native American/Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander) as well as LGBTQIA scientists. They do this by raising awareness of issues that disproportionately affect these groups, hosting on-campus seminars by prominent UR speakers, and conducting outreach activities to nearby community colleges. DIAS is open to all members of the CSHL community.
DIAS Seminar Series
Once each year, the DIAS group also hosts prominent researchers for the weekly CSHL scientific seminar series. The designated DIAS speakers are from groups historically underrepresented or marginalized in science, and have contributed to the advancement of scientists from these UR groups.
December 12, 2019: Tracy Johnson, Ph.D. (Professor & Maria Rowena Ross Chair of Cell Biology & Biochemistry at the University of California Los Angeles, HHMI Professor, Associate Dean for Inclusive Excellence)
- January 3, 2019: Ian Mendez, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Texas at El Paso)
From the Meetings & Courses Program
One of the benefits of working, training, and doing science at CSHL is the access it provides to the events organized by Meetings & Courses program. Within a given meeting or short course, there are often special talks and panel discussions in the area of diversity and inclusion. Such talks are announced to the wider CSHL community so everyone has the opportunity to attend, listen, educate themselves, and together discuss the ideas.
April 4, 2019: “The brilliance barrier—Stereotypes about brilliance are an obstacle to diversity in science and beyond”
Special seminar as part of the biennial CSHL meeting on the Blood Brain Barrier
Invited speaker: Andrei Cimpian, Ph.D. (Associate Professor of Psychology at New York University)
- March 21, 2019: “Women in Network Science”
Panel discussion at the biennial CSHL meeting on Network Biology
Moderator: Jennifer Roecklein-Canfield, Ph.D. (Professor of Chemistry at Simmons College)
Panelists: Lakshmi Devi, Ph.D. (Professor of Pharmacology & Systems Therapeutics and Dean for Academic Development & Enrichment at the Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine), Harvey Lodish, Ph.D. (Professor of Biology & Biological Engineering at MIT), and Zeba Wunderlich, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor of Developmental & Cell Biology at the University of California Irvine)
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