The John B. Pierce Laboratory

Diversity at The John B. Pierce Laboratory

To the Community:

We write to express our distress about the killing of George Floyd by the police officers in Minneapolis, followed so soon after by the senseless and shocking killing of Rashard Brooks in Atlanta. We recognize these images evoke a range of raw emotions, including those of shock, anger, sadness and revulsion. The passionate national and local responses by a diverse group of people to these actions are expected given the long and continued pattern of racial injustice in the U.S. We recognize that for many in our communities these recent events in Minneapolis and Atlanta continue the feelings of fear within themselves and those that they love. This fear within our community exists, it is real and we need to support our colleagues, friends and family. Giving of our time and listening with an open mind is necessary to build the more perfect union we all want.

To our employees, as we return to work, please be sure to take the time you need to rest as we cope with this added stress, and to seek help if you need it. At the Pierce Laboratory, we will take this moment to look inward to examine how we can work toward improving our own record of inclusiveness and equality first by listening to our employees. We will ensure that people of color are welcome in the Laboratory and we will take personal responsibility for improving our own environment. We will ensure that discrimination of any form is not tolerated in our institution, and that every person that enters the Pierce Laboratory is valued and respected without exception.

Nina Stachenfeld
Chair, Diversity Committee

Vincent Pieribone

Diversity enriches life.  We learn from those whose experiences, beliefs, and perspectives are different from our own.  As such, Diversity promotes personal growth, challenges stereotyped preconceptions, encourages critical thinking and improves communication with people of varied backgrounds.  All of these lessons are taught best in a richly diverse intellectual and social environment; one that reflects the rich and diverse country and world in which we live.

The Pierce Diversity Committee is charged with advising the Director on issues related to achieving cultural diversity within the Pierce Laboratory.  Areas of purview include but are not limited to: 1) recruitment and retention of underrepresented minority faculty and staff; 2) building a supportive environment in which diversity can thrive and which promotes mutual understanding and tolerance as a condition of academic freedom.

The Pierce Diversity Committee would like to hear from faculty and staff about what we are doing well and how we might improve in our efforts to promote diversity at the Pierce laboratory.  Please send any comments to

The John B. Pierce Diversity Committee
Angelique Barraza
Nina Stachenfeld (Chair)
Justus Verhagen


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Yale School of Medicine and Yale University Diversity initiatives and programs:

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Special Events:

June 1, 2018 — a symposium commemorating the 100-year anniversary of women at Yale School of Medicine (YSM).
The Yale School of Medicine hosted a symposium commemorating the 100-year anniversary of women at YSM. Sponsored by the Committee on the Status of Women in Medicine (SWIM), the Minority Organization for Retention & Expansion (MORE), and the Dean’s Office, this event celebrated the contributions of women faculty and alumnae from the School of Medicine. The symposium featured speakers who discussed the challenges for women in their fields, as well as those encountered on the pathway to finding life-work balance.

Dr. Nina Stachenfeld and Elizabeth Jonas, Co-Chairs of Committee on the Status of Women in Medicine at Yale School of Medicine opened the day.  You can view the day’s presentations here:

January 25, 2018 —  Darin Latimore MD, Deputy Dean for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer at the Yale School of Medicine.
Dr. Latimore presented a seminar to all staff on Unconscious Bias.  His interactive and engaging talk helped us understand unconscious bias, gender and race/ethnicity bias, and how the unconscious mind can impact outcomes.  Dr. Latimore offered strategies to mitigate our own bias.