Black Lives Matter

Summer 2020.

The Jaswal Lab mourns the recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, as well as the countless other Black, Indigenous, People of Color who have lost their lives due to systemic racism and acts of power-based violence. We condemn anti-Black racism, police brutality, and all expressions of white supremacy. Systemic racism affects all of us, and we each have a role to play in addressing it.

The Jaswal Lab aims to conduct research that is informed by and beneficial to autistic people, their families, and the autism community. We cannot accomplish our vision of building a world where autistic people are valued, supported, included, and welcomed without meaningfully interrogating issues of race and white privilege in our research and recruiting, mentoring, and supporting a racially diverse and inclusive research team.

We are committed to educating ourselves about how anti-Black racism and white privilege intersect with our lives and work. In collaboration with individuals and organizations with expertise on addressing systemic racism and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, we are developing a concrete plan to make the Jaswal Lab more inclusive. As we set concrete goals, we will post them on this page.

To read the Department of Psychology’s statement on Anti-Black Racism, including the actions we take as a department and suggested anti-racism resources, please follow this link.