I recognize that historical injustice, social inequalities and cultural representations have made science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) a hostile field for many marginalized groups, where women, certain ethnic groups, people with disabilities and those from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds are underrepresented. I am committed to support and uplift members of these groups, both because I believe that including many diverse voices is critical to the advancement of science and technology, especially in domains with large societal impact like artificial intelligence and biomedical science, and because I believe that it is the right thing to do.
In practice, my journey to becoming a better ally includes:
- fighting unconscious biases when recruiting and evaluating collaborators
- fostering a workplace culture where everyone is heard and respected
- engaging in education activities for diverse audiences
- promoting open science, including open access publications and open source code, to make scientific research available to everyone
- standing against algorithmic discrimination, by considering the ethical implication of my research before starting projects and constantly mitigating possible algorithmic biases