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Diversity in Biology

Department Diversity Statement

In the Department of Biology, we continue to strive for an inclusive and welcoming departmental culture that recognizes and encourages individual differences, that fosters the constructive expression of ideas, and that promotes shared values such as intellectual curiosity, creativity, collegiality, and sense of mission. Traditions of inclusivity can only flourish and reach full potential with continued active nourishment and effort, and with a collective sense of responsibility and mission on the part of the entire community. We as a department are committed to the continued development of our diverse and collegial community of people, ideas, and approaches through our missions of research, education, and public outreach.

Spotlight on Community

Román Ramos Báez, UW Biology Graduate Student, and Jennifer Nemhauser, UW Biology Professor, in collaboration with the UW Biology Diversity and Equity Committee and sponsored by the HHMI Gilliam Award, are hosting the HHMI Gilliam Seminar Series. The HHMI Gilliam Seminar Series highlights research from Black leaders in plant biology. Invited speakers will be sharing a series of talks on their science as well as leading a series of open-ended talks on their experiences in academia.

Diversity & Equity Committee

During the 2020-2021 academic year, the Diversity & Equity Committee (DEC) supports these efforts via the following subcommittees:
  1. Codes of Conduct & Conflict Resolution
  2. Faculty Searches & Graduate Recruitment
  3. Mentoring, Networking, & Training: Mentoring Compacts
  4. Mentoring, Networking, & Training: Portfolio of Training Activities
  5. Undergraduate Community & STEM Opportunities

If you would like to contribute to these activities or would like to share your perspectives, please contact Brian J. Buchwitz and Karen E. Petersen, Co-Chairs of the Diversity & Equity Committee, at and

For additional information about the DEC, including DEC members and DEC subcommittee goals, please visit the Diversity and Equity Committee page.

Department Culture Office Hours

During the 2020-2021 academic year, the Co-Chairs of the Diversity & Equity Committee (DEC) and the Chair of the Graduate & Postdoc Program Committee (GPC) are holding DEC/GPC department culture office hours on Fridays, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Please feel free to drop in for any part of the hour that you are available. We hope to see you.
To support antiracism discussions that are occurring throughout our department, including in classrooms, laboratories, and offices, we have compiled an archive of DEC/GPC department culture office hour topics. This archive can be viewed as a document or as a scrollable list (below).


So that all of us can engage in upcoming faculty searches as ambassadors, bystanders, and representatives, we recommend reviewing the following resources.

In honor of calls to #ShutDownAcademia and #ShutDownSTEM, UW Biology organized a day of anti-racism learning and community building on June 10, 2020.

Note: This page is under active development. Please check back soon.

Date last changed Jun 3rd, 2021 @ 14:25:03 PDT