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We are building a scientific community both inside and outside our walls where everyone feels that they belong. We are committed to opposing racism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, and sexism, and will hold ourselves and our broader communities accountable for the errors and omissions we make on the path towards a diverse, equitable and inclusive scientific enterprise. We are committed to talking about and advancing reproductive health in a way that intentionally and meaningfully integrates trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people.

Kara also has a particular longstanding interest in promoting gender diversity in the life sciences. She is the founder and organizer of the Leading Edge Symposium to increase gender diversity among biomedical research faculty.

Leading Edge provides women and non-binary postdocs with 1) community, 2) training, 3) mentorship/sponsorship and 4) exposure to support them in transitioning to and flourishing in faculty positions. To learn more about Leading Edge, or to access its directory of women and non-binary early career researchers (Leading Edge Associate Directory), please click the Leading Edge icon below. 

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