We believe that science is best when it includes diverse personal, cultural, and scientific backgrounds. Accordingly, we support an environment that is positive, respectful, and inclusive. We do not tolerate words or actions that discriminate or devalue any member of the lab for any aspect of their identity. 
Members of our group believe that:

  • Diversity strengthens all aspects of science.
  • Every member of our lab brings something unique and important to the table.
  • We have a responsibility to make positive contributions to our communities and to society.

In alignment with these beliefs, we are committed to:

  • Including individuals regardless of race, color, age, gender identification, sexual orientation, disability status, religion, political leaning, and background.
  • Removing barriers that unfairly hinder individuals from achieving their scientific potential and ensuring that all voices are heard.
  • Engaging with our community by volunteering in science outreach programs, particularly in the Boulder-Denver area.

This is a living document that will evolve with time and new experiences. Text and ideas were borrowed from Prof. Paula Hammond. Expectations of group members, including those for the PI, can be obtained from Prof. Wyatt Shields. Additional resources can be found below.

Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement (ODECE) at CU Boulder
Data-Driven Argument for Increased Diversity in Science
Other Resources at the College of Engineering & Applied Science at CU Boulder


We acknowledge that our lab and the University of Colorado Boulder sits upon land within the territories of the Ute, Cheyenne, and Arapaho peoples. Further, we acknowledge that 48 contemporary tribal nations are historically tied to the lands that make up the state of Colorado.