Diversity and Inclusion

Wilson Lab Statement

Science benefits from a diversity of thoughts, skills, and experiences as this allows us to broaden our perspectives, consider new approaches to solve problems, and view results in new ways. As a group, we are committed to: 1) keeping our laboratory and field spaces a supportive and inclusive environment; 2) respecting individual career goals, needs, and learning styles, so that we can work together effectively and mentor accordingly; and 3) championing efforts to broaden representation in soil, agriculture, and water resources sciences.

We understand that this is a dynamic process. Implicit bias is ingrained in each one of us through our lived experiences and mistakes will be made. But it is the responsibility of each individual to take action to change when mistakes are made. We are continuously striving to improve our efforts to ensure individuals feel supported and invested in the work we do in our lab.

To this end, here are the actionable items that we commit to:

  • All lab members will attend diversity training events on an annual basis. Suggested training topics include:
    • Implicit bias in the search and selection process
    • Addressing implicit bias and microaggression
    • My role in equity and diversity work
    • Collective access for all
  • Actively recruit future graduate students and postdoctoral associates from underrepresented backgrounds in STEM including black, indiginous, persons of color, women, and LGBTQ communities.
  • Schedule quarterly anti-racism and diversity discussions for our lab group



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University of Minnesota

Department of Soil, Water, and Climate

CFANS Office for Diversity & Inclusion

University Office for Equity and Diversity

Safe Campus

Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources & Related Sciences (MANRRS)

Professional Societies

Other resources