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    Many research institutions and professional societies are looking to enhance the diversity of their members, employees, and scientists. To do this, their efforts often focus on recruitment and retention of minority employees and employees from protected classes (e.g., race, religion, sex, age); however, recruitment and retention efforts can prove difficult and do not capture the full potential of increasing institutional diversity. In this essay, I discuss how we can foster human diversity and improve our research simultaneously. Based on the literature and personal experiences, I suggest that increasing diversity is crucial to improving the capacity of our institutions to provide service to others. For this reason institutions should make diversity a core part of their missions.

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    Dockry, Michael J. 2015. Enhancing institutions and research through human diversity: reflections on diversity, inclusion, and the future of plant and natural resource sciences. Plant Science Bulletin. 61(2): 35-40.


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