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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The field of academia is one that is rife with elitism, warranting a motivated examination of our conscious and unconscious biases as we work towards the betterment of our communities. At the Joshi Lab, we go beyond merely recognizing this need and strive to enforce it in principle, through the ever-dynamic conduits of diversity, equity, and inclusivity. The following list is by no means exhaustive, but offers a solid idea of the central tenets that shape our outlook on the need to create a holistic work environment. 

  • Enforcement of the values that create a healthy lab culture is predicated upon us acutely recognizing the barriers that underrepresented communities have faced for the longest period of time, and requires us to constantly monitor ourselves and others to ensure that we are actively against discrimination of any form.

  • The lab maintains the highest and dignified standards to protect the emotional well-being of its members, and that everyone is treated with respect, courtesy, equality, kindness, compassion, and honesty.

  • Our lab thrives from the inputs and hard work drawn from students at various tiers of learning – ranging all the way from the high school volunteers to postdoctoral fellows. As such, we are acutely aware of the different playing fields that each of them exists on and strive to culture a setting where all voices are heard, and tailored approaches are put in place for mentorship.

  • Such inclusivity is strongly put into place right from our hiring practices to ensure that we could attract a remarkable profile of diverse talent from all corners of the world, no matter what.

  • Within the lab, our principles that govern the treatment of individuals are always dynamic. We always recognize that there could be margins for error and that we need to be better allies, willing to actively listen, and offer actionable solutions, reject stereotype perpetuation, both positive or negative, and be mindful of language used by ourselves as well as others.

  • We also strive to certify that these practices are not limited only to our lab, but carry forward when engaged in collaborative research, and that we can safeguard these tenets even whilst leading our lives away from work, to become better individuals in society.

Our overarching academic philosophy, therefore, lies at the intersection of recognizing, valuing, and respecting the socioeconomic, sociocultural, and sociopolitical gradient that our students lie on and will continue to advance in our mission to make academia and biomedical research a truly holistic entity.



For more information and resources, please consult:


  1. The Center for Diversity and Inclusion at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

  2. Mass General Brigham Employee Assistance Program for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  3. Mass General Brigham Employee Assistance Program for Workplace Resources

  4. Mass General Brigham Employee Assistance Program for Mental Health

  5. Brigham and Women’s Hospital Pike Notes – Employee and Staff Resources

  6. Mass General Brigham Trainee Information and Resources via Ask My HR

  7. Brigham LGBTQ & Friends Employee Resource Group

  8. Mass General Brigham Employee Resources & Training via Pulse

  9. Partners Healthcare Office for Global Professionals and Scholars

  10. Brigham and Women’s Center for Community Health and Health Equity Resources

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