Diversity in Laboratory Animal Science: Issues and initiatives

Leanne Alworth, Krystal L. Ardayfio, Andrew Blickman, Lisa Greenhill, William Hill, Patrick Sharp, Roberta Talmage, Victoria C. Plaut, Matt J. Goren

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Since diversity in the workplace began receiving scholarly attention in the late 1980s, many corporations and institutions have invested in programs to address and manage diversity. We encourage laboratory animal science to address the challenges and to build on the strengths that personal diversity brings to our field and workplaces. Diversity is already becoming increasingly relevant in the workplace and the laboratory animal science field. By addressing issues related to diversity, laboratory animal science could benefit and potentially fulfill its goals more successfully. To date, diversity has received minimal attention from the field as a whole. However, many individuals, workplaces, and institutions in industry, academia, and the uniformed services that are intimately involved with the field of laboratory animal science are actively addressing issues concerning diversity. This article describes some of these programs and activities in industry and academia. Our intention is that this article will provide useful examples of inclusion-promoting activities and prompt further initiatives to address diversity awareness and inclusion in laboratory animal science.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)138-146
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 15 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology

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