Mission Statement

At WichLab, we believe a diverse culture of inclusive multidisciplinary research environment is paramount in enabling lab members to work to their highest potential, advance our scientific objectives, and develop the next generation of innovators, scientists, and leaders. We strive for a culture that values and benefits from equality of opportunity; inclusion of diversity of culture, gender and ability; and a fundamental respect for each other.

Philosophy

We believe in a unified, active commitment to cultivating an inclusive and diverse environment for each member. We believe that members perform best in an environment where they are individually valued, their ideas are heard, and their unique perspectives are respected. Providing a culture where everyone feels they belong, is our greatest strength for sustaining our intellectual and creative pursuits.

Strategic Objectives

Advancing our Culture of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

  • Fostering an environment that supports and mentors group members and undergraduate students
  • Actively promoting and advocating for women and under-represented minority students, faculty, and co-workers
  • Speaking up when we see or hear discriminatory words / actions or when we notice implicit biases
  • Empowering lab members with tailored response and intervention strategies to address events and behaviors inconsistent with our mission
  • Providing resources for assistance with challenges in climate and/or research progress
  • Yearly group conversation regarding Wichlab mission statement, philosophy and objectives
  • Onboarding of all new group members with Wichlab mission statement, philosophy and objectives

Enhancing our Research and Reputation

  • Weekly group meetings and discussions to facilitate collaboration and mentoring
  • Yearly workshops and events that focus on research innovation and accomplishments and the climate that fosters them
  • Regular group writing and presentation sessions to improve our communication skills

Building an Open and Active Research Community Around Us

  • Leading by example: Playing a leadership role in the equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) efforts of UNSW
  • Providing an environment that enables the success of current and future undergraduate students
  • Developing collaboration and communication networks to span the scientific diversity at the University of New South Wales and beyond

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