Inherent to the idea of community is the principle of integrity. Without honesty–about work, about self, about each other–there can be no community.
Integrity is central to Virginia Tech’s Principles of Community. Being honest about who we are opens us up to criticism from others. But it also allows us to be more sympathetic to others when they have difficulties. When we are honest in our work, we acknowledge flaws that it may have, and we can then make our work better. Mutual respect is being open to each other, in who we are, in who we want to be, and what our work reveals about us.
I am a Ph.D. student in Science and Technology Studies, writing a dissertation on “scientific taxidermy” in 19th and 20th-century U.S. natural history museums.