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Diversity and Equity Committee

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.

Diversity & Equity Committee

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


Samia Ali
Jennifer Arnold
Brian Buchwitz
Carl Bergstrom
Caroline Cappello
Jordan Claytor
Veronica Di Stilio
Katie Dickinson

Janet Germeraad
Monica Hu
Michael Kennedy
Sheryl Medrano
Richard Olmstead
Karen Petersen
Kavya Pradhan

Romi Ramos Baez
Mandy Schivell
William Sano
Casey Self
Jeannette Takashima
Luke Weaver
Bill Young

Subcommittee Updates

This section is currently under development. Please check back soon!

Date last changed May 7th, 2021 @ 09:04:37 PDT