Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
At the CRIS Lab, we strive to cultivate and nurture a research environment that values diversity and implements inclusion. We want our researchers to feel valued and appreciated while in the lab, regardless of their race, religion, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, neurodiversity, disability, veteran status or any other protected category under federal, state, and local law. Our strength lies in our dedication to actively engage with students from underrepresented communities in psychology and research assistants with diverse social identities by participating in broadening participation programs such as McNair, RISE, SPUR, and continuing to conduct the science that is needed to reduce prejudice and stigma. Moreover, Dr. Sanchez will continue to work with Diversity and Climate Committees in the Psychology Department, in the Graduate School at Rutgers, and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology to develop programs to address racial disparities in educational settings, and to bring diversity science to the general public. We also welcome feedback on how we, as a lab, can do better so please reach out to us.
We would also like to directly address the series of tragedies that have recently unfolded and are continuing to affect us right now. We are horrified and outraged by the murder of George Floyd Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain, and the many others, as well as the racist inequities that persist in this country. To our Black community members, we empathize with your pain and recognize the injustices you experience on a daily basis: the color of your skin should not determine how you are treated. The recent acts of continued violence towards the Black community and lack of accountability have marked a crucial turning point in America. This is a call for action for all of us to do better, speak up when we witness injustice, and be a part of the solution to combat systemic racism and oppression. It’s about showing solidarity with the Black community and demonstrating what it means to become a true ally for our students, research participants, the CRIS team, and our communities. Diversity and inclusion have always been an integral part of the CRIS Lab’s mission, but now we want to take a more substantial and concrete step in showing our allyship. Through our research on close relationships, identity, and stigma, we promise to use our platform to continue educating ourselves and help lead the discussion about these complex and ongoing racial, social, and systemic issues.