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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Diversity Statement

In order to meet the immense challenge of deciphering the complexity of biology, it is essential to harness the ideas of people of all backgrounds. However, we recognize that many groups have been historically marginalized in both society and science. We recognize these challenges and historical inequities and are committed to making our community welcoming to scholars and staff with diverse backgrounds.

Charge of our DEI Committee

Acknowledging the importance and extent of the tasks we are facing, the department has created the departmental DEI committee, a standing committee consisting of individuals representing all constituents of the department. The committee is charged with providing recommendations for departmental DEI initiatives that will create an equitable and inclusive environment for all.

Mission of the DEI Committee

The Standing Committee on DEI seeks to reduce barriers in order to support all Department of Cell Biology members in the pursuit of their career goals. In particular, we recognize and seek to remove challenges faced by racial and ethnic minorities, women and gender minorities, the LGBTQ+ community, people with disabilities, and first-generation and economically disadvantaged individuals. Through these efforts, we aim to build a system of ongoing positive change in order to create an environment that is welcoming to all.

Department of Cell Biology DEI Goals for 2024

The Department has identified three main thrusts in the scope of DEI:

  • Recruitment and Retention to diversify our Department community at all levels
  • Inclusion through an emphasis of DEI training, DEI initiatives and transparent communication
  • Advancement of underrepresented groups through better support for fellowship and award opportunities and improved faculty mentorship.

For 2024, we commit within this framework to the following concrete goals:

  • Develop a new format of postdoc recruitment seminars to enhance diversity among postdocs in our department
  • Strengthening mentor-mentee communication
  • Organize DEI Workshops for trainees, faculty and staff
  • Support efforts to recruit a diverse body of graduate students
  • Continue our efforts towards previously established goals such as strengthening communication within the department, organizing DEI-related sessions at our annual department retreat and creating time for community building