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., firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Lloyd Trotman, Ph.D.
Director of Education & Diversity for the CSHL Cancer Center
Sydney Gary, Ph.D.
Director of Research Operations
Alex Gann, Ph.D.
Lita Annenberg Hazen Dean of the School of Biological Sciences
David J. Stewart, Ph.D.
Executive Director of the Meetings & Courses Program
Rebecca Leshan, Ph.D.
Executive Director of the Banbury Center
Assistant Director for External Collaborations at the DNA Learning Center
See all diversity-related articles going back multiple years on the CSHL Newsstand.
Lucas Cheadle named HHMI Freeman Hrabowski Scholar
May 9, 2023
Cheadle was selected for his leadership in neuroscience research and advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in science.
Diversity drives Science Forward
April 20, 2023
CSHL hosts the first-ever Science Forward symposium, a two-day event for early-career researchers from historically marginalized groups.
A cure to achieve diversity in STEM education
July 18, 2022
The DNALC is transforming how science is taught, using hands-on research programs to keep students from historically excluded communities in STEM.
Simón(e) Sun named a 2022 Leading Edge Fellow
June 2, 2022
CSHL postdoc Simón(e) Sun was selected as a 2022 Leading Edge Fellow for her work on the protein estrogen receptor beta and its role in the nervous system.
Knowing what it’s like to be the only one in the room
May 13, 2022
CSHL’s head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Charla Lambert helps scientists apply their unique identities and perspectives from all walks of life.
CSHL neuroscientist Lucas Cheadle named Emerging Scholar
January 20, 2022
Diverse: Issues In Higher Education magazine named CSHL Assistant Professor Lucas Cheadle a top “40 and under” scholar.
See, snap, send—enter the DNALC photo contest
December 22, 2021
The CSHL DNA Learning Center in Brooklyn is hosting a photo contest to celebrate the diversity of New York City. Photographers can win a $500 prize.
CSHL trustee thanks DNALC supporters in Brooklyn
December 13, 2021
At the DNALC NYC grand opening, CSHL Trustee Laurie Landeau shared her enthusiasm for increasing STEM education opportunities.
Mayor-elect Adams supports DNALC NYC education opportunities
November 22, 2021
Eric Adams underscores opportunities for NYC students provided by the new DNALC facility in Brooklyn.
Defining cells across diverse ancestries
November 17, 2021
CSHL Fellow Semir Beyaz is leading a multi-institutional effort to explore how genetic ancestry influences health and disease in the uterus.
Faculty Diversity & Development
We continually assess and work to improve our faculty recruitment, promotion, and retention policies with the twin goals of 1) enhancing diversity at the faculty level and 2) supporting our faculty to be the best leaders and mentors possible to the young scientists trained in their laboratories. Current initiatives in this area include: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
We conduct regular climate assessments to understand employees’ and trainees’ perceptions of the working environment on campus. Our most recent assessment was conducted in 2019 with the help of Mercer|Sirota 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 SBS 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.
Diversity Initiative for the Advancement of STEM (DIAS)
Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE)
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.
Bioscience Enterprise Club (BEC)
Postdoctoral Liaison Committee (PDLC)
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 email@example.com for more information.