Science relies on bringing talented minds from across the world together to spark new ideas and innovations. However, complex socio-economic, ethnic, gender, and identity differences often result in lost opportunities for many brilliant individuals. This represents a significant loss for the scientific community because the inclusion of diverse backgrounds greatly benefits research progress.

Our group at UT Austin strongly values diversity, equity, and inclusion in academia and fosters an environment of open communication. We are committed to creating an inclusive space for all — without regard to economic status, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, age, protected veteran status, pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law. In the next years, we will engage in initiatives to promote diversity and increase the participation of underrepresented minorities in the STEM fields.