Diversity and Mentoring



Diversity and Inclusion

The Littleton lab is committed to creating a collaborative and welcoming working experience
that is inclusive and supportive for all members. We greatly value the diversity and creativity
that arises from our own unique cultural, scientific and personal experiences. We strive for a lab
where everyone is empowered to share their own views, ideas, and challenges, and where we
embrace our diversity as a strength. We respect our differences in opinions and backgrounds, and
appreciate our lived experiences are unique. We do not tolerate discrimination or devaluation
based on race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, color, religion, socioeconomic
status, physical abilities or age. We work to ensure everyone in the lab is treated with dignity,
kindness and respect, and realize our scientific goals are greatly enhanced through our diversity
and by creating a supportive and empowering work environment. We are committed to
continuing to educate ourselves in areas where bias, discrimination, racism and privilege work to
devalue our community. We recognize this is an ongoing challenge that will require us to
continually educate and better ourselves going forward. The persistent issues of historical bias,
racism and sexism are prevalent in society and the scientific community, and we must continue
to confront these injustices to promote a truly equitable path forward for scientific discovery and
excellence. We embrace this as an essential element of our own scientific success, and as a
critical component moving forward for generating the inclusive, equitable and fulfilling lab
environment that we can all be proud of.



My goal as a mentor is to help each person reach their full potential and achieve their scientific
goals, while maintaining the work-life balance they seek and their own pursuits of personal life
goals. I seek to understand and respect each member’s unique strengths and vision, and to
support them to reach their goals as best I can. This includes brainstorming over research areas to
identify important and unanswered scientific questions, developing hypotheses and models that
can be experimentally tested, and working towards performing rigorous and unbiased
experiments that empower discovery and generate new knowledge. I strive to foster a sense of
ownership and independence for each person as they develop their projects and as they travel
their unique journey of scientific discovery in the lab, with all the excitement and frustration
inherit to research. I also strive to prepare each person for the next stage of their career,
providing advice, support and materials to empower them going forward. I also pledge to
continue my support after you leave the lab and pursue your own independent careers. In whole,
my goal is to create a productive and exciting lab where everyone feels valued, where ideas
continually emerge and are freely shared, and where new scientific discoveries are made in an
environment that supports kindness, diversity and work-life balance so we can all enjoy and
improve the world around us.