Community Values Statement

The Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics is committed to fostering an open, inclusive, and supportive environment for all of our students, faculty, and staff.  We embrace the dignity, individuality, and freedom of each of our members while fostering a sense of shared experience and common purpose, along with a collective responsibility for our success and mutual support.

We are committed to providing an environment that is free from all forms of discrimination, harassment, exploitation, or intimidation.  Academic rigor and intellectual exchange of scientific ideas are integral measures in the development of independent scientists.  However, such exchanges must be done in a respectful manner and with an appreciation of the diversity of backgrounds within our community.

Thus, we adhere to the following principles of community, advocacy, and professional conduct:

Promoting Community

  • Respect the professional, physical and personal boundaries of colleagues.
  • Be courteous in conversation and provide colleagues with chances to voice their thoughts.
  • Ensure that criticism, when offered, is constructive, respectful and aimed at creating positive discussion.
  • Challenge your own assumptions about people from dissimilar backgrounds.
  • Avoid discriminating or making unwelcome jokes or disparaging remarks based on various identities in social as well as professional spaces.
  • Strive to ensure that all members of our community have full access to opportunities for professional development, departmental service, and networking that happens in social contexts.

Enhancing Advocacy

  • Speak up when others exhibit behavior unbecoming of a community member or are disrespectful of a group or class of people, even when members of that group are not present.
  • Be proactive in helping eliminate particular challenges or barriers to success that colleagues may face as members of underrepresented groups.
  • Be supportive of those who report violations of department or university policy.
  • Seek opportunities for education/training on diversity, inclusivity, reporting and bystander intervention techniques, and encourage others to do the same.

Princeton University aims to extend to each member of the community the resources necessary to achieve the highest levels of distinction in their work and research.

These goals and values echo statements from campus-wide efforts. In the following webpages you will find information and resources that support these efforts.

Many Voices, One Future – overview of the University’s commitment and programs working toward diversity and inclusion.

Recruitment and Outreach – overview of where the diversity and inclusion team will be recruiting throughout the year.

Student Resources – information on the available resources for current students and find a complete listing of seminars, symposia and other events that explore topics relevant to academic success, work/life balance, families at Princeton, professional development, and more. 

Sexual Misconduct and Title IX – overview of the University’s comprehensive program designed to protect members of the University community from discrimination on the basis of sex or gender, which includes sexual misconduct such as sexual harassment and sexual assault, stalking, and intimate partner violence.

Rules, Rights, and Responsibilities -  a concise reference and guide for all members of the Princeton University community. Included here are brief statements of University policies most likely to be applicable to and of interest to all University constituencies.