Research and the values of representational diversity, inclusive practices, and equity are not mutually exclusive. Beyond thinking of “diversity” in terms of the participants pool, or between groups variability, we urge scholars to consider ways in which their own identities, backgrounds, and scholarly lineages shape how they ask their research questions and shape the lenses through which they view their results. We encourage scholars to consider ways in which research, innovation, and creativity are enhanced when there is a spectrum of perspectives at the table from the outset. “Diversity” in scholarship means more than having representational diversity at the bench or in the field, but is achieved when scholars are contributing to the genesis of the questions themselves.
More than just “something nice to consider,” “DEI” in research is now being codified as a fundamental element of good science. Statements of broader impact (NSF), and Plans for Enhancing Diverse Perspectives (NIH) are two examples of federal funding agencies motivating scholars to integrate these concepts into their research plans.
The Dornsife Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) is here as a resource for any scholar seeking consultation on the development, maintenance, and/or assessment of statements of broader impact or plans for addressing accessibility through their funded research.
We also encourage scholars to contact the USC Dornsife Grant Strategies Office for additional support.