Diversity at the Institute

Working Group Vision

We want the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior to exemplify scientific collaboration that empowers and uplifts historically marginalized groups, accelerating innovation by embracing previously unheard voices.

Working Group Mission

Our purpose is to create systems within the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior that facilitate the on-boarding of under-represented groups – particularly Black and Indigenous people of color, women, and LGBTQ people – and amplify the voices of these groups throughout institutional operations and decision making. We believe that by creating new channels of communication dedicated to disseminating diverse perspectives, we can build an institution that is collectively more responsible, more engaged, and more creative.

Working Group Strategy

We focus our work on four key areas:

Sustained Development – Creating pipelines for systemic implementation of emerging best-practices; centralizing and maintaining institutional knowledge; incentivizing leadership and mentorship.

Hiring – Researching and recommending best-practices for broad-reaching and non-discriminatory recruitment and on-boarding.

Empowerment – Disseminating training and professional development resources for marginalized groups; creating safe-spaces for diverse voices to share their concerns.

Education – Facilitating open dialogue within and between departments; organizing DEI focused workshops; integrating DEI education and MPIAB leadership training programs.

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