Mission & Values


Value statement: We, the members of the Straehla lab, celebrate and welcome the diversity of races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, religions, educational backgrounds, and abilities in our community. Science is intrinsically collaborative–we know that our community and our research are stronger when different voices shape them. We commit to actively combating systemic inequalities in STEM and beyond, and to holding each other accountable in this process.

Land acknowledgement: The Straehla lab recognizes that MIT occupies the unceded ancestral land of the Massachusett and Wampanoag Nations. We recognize that the United States’ removal, termination, and assimilation policies resulted in the forced settlement of Indigenous lands and the attempted erasure of Indigenous cultures. We commit to strengthen our understanding of the history and contemporary lives of Indigenous peoples, while continuing to honor and respect the many Indigenous peoples living here today.

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