Acknowledge your privilege
I am a Hispanic female, white-presenting, and married to a white male. I am heterosexual and identify as She/Her/Hers. I am able-bodied. I grew up in a lower class environment. I am the first person in my family to pursue higher education. I recognize that privileges have given me unearned advantages in society.
It is not the responsibility of people from marginalised groups to educate privileged groups in society about systemic racism. Discrimination manifests in obvious and nuanced ways. I take responsibility for being anti-discriminatory and hold myself and others accountable.
I am committed to supporting and being proud of the concepts of diversity in science. I empathize with the hardships and successes of students from challenging backgrounds. By creating an inclusive environment, I generate space for creativity and learning while promoting the personal and professional growth of mentees and peers alike.
I will continue to leverage my privilege to support scientists from all backgrounds while simultaneously continuing to nurture and encourage the development of successful and diverse scientists. My plan of action includes working to diversify the scientific landscape through advocacy.