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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

DEI Leadership in MBG:

The Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics (MBG) strives to cultivate a welcoming and inclusive research and work environment and to build an inclusive and supportive community.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts are supported by students, faculty, and staff of MBG. 

The MBG Diversity Council represents a grass root effort led by graduate students from the Graduate Fields of BMCB (Biochemistry, Molecular, and Cell Biology), GGD (Genetics, Genomics, and Development), and Biophysics - the three Fields administered in the Department of MBG.  Its mission is to promote, enhance and expand the diversity of the MBG community and, in doing so, create an inclusive environment for all.  All students, postdocs, staff and faculty in MBG and associate Fields are welcome to join; for more information, go to their web site.

Prof. Linda Nicholson is the MBG LDI (Departmental Leader for Diversity and Inclusion), who supports DEI efforts and ensures that DEI are considered in all aspects of MBG’s academic mission. The LDI is appointed by the Chair and represents the department to the CALS (College of Agriculture and Life Sciences) Office of Diversity of Inclusion. More details on the roles and responsibilities of the LDI can be found here.

The MBG DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion) Committee consists of faculty and graduate students and serve to support and advise the LDI. Members of the DEI Committee welcome your input and are available for discussion about DEI anytime. Go to DEI Committee to see a detailed membership listing.

The GGD Climate Committee aims to address the wide range of graduate student experiences that exist, identify issues that students are facing, and provide actionable solutions to ensure an environment where all graduate students are able to do their best work. We have created tips for incoming students and you can see committee members and other recent projects here.

The MBG Peer Support Network is served by volunteers (students, staff and faculty) who represent the diversity of constituencies within the BMCB, GGD and Biophysics Fields. They are available for confidential discussion of any concerns and issues related to the working environment. Detailed membership of the Peer Support Network can be found here.

Although there is some overlap between the work of these different groups, together they provide strong synergy and strength in promoting DEI in MBG