I strongly believe in and practice diversity and inclusion in both professional and personal lives. It has brought immense value to my scholarship and teaching, and shaped me who I am as a person and a scholar. I believe in being proactive rather than reactive when it comes to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Since my days as a doctoral student, carefully and proactively incorporating DEI into my research, teaching, and outreach activities have been critical to advancing my research agenda and building my scholarly and educator profile.
My PhD dissertation and a lot of scholarship that followed in my early years as a faculty was focused on collaborative work, in which I argued for and studied diversity in collaboration. Through theoretical and empirical work, I demonstrated how any why diversity and inclusion helps in solving problems that are complex and important for the society. My current work in the area of fairness and transparency pushes the boundaries for being diverse and inclusive in search and recommender systems.
As an educator and a mentor, I have taken concrete and meaningful steps to be inclusive for helping students and faculty with diverse backgrounds. As a former international student, I have specifically understood and addressed concerns of immigrants or those on student or work visas. My lab is a living testament of how practicing DEI can be successful and impactful.
Through Science for Social Good (S4SG) and other deliberate steps, I have made clear contributions to addressing DEI in society at large. This includes helping the United Nations Data Analytics group to work on several of UN’s sustainable development goals, including those on equity and fairness.