Diversity

The Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics’ Diversity Committee was created in January 2016 out of a desire to increase understanding and effective collegiality within our department. The committee has diverse representation in terms of gender, race/ethnicity, seniority, and area of expertise (education, research, clinical care) and includes members of our faculty, staff, and trainee population. 

Current committee members include: 

  • Meghan D. Morris, PhD, MPH (chair)
  • Maria Glymour, ScD, MS
  • Felix Liu
  • Georgina Lopez
  • Jason Maeda
  • Kristen Newhouse
  • Thomas Newman, MD, MPH
  • Susan Rubin, MPH
  • Tu My To, MPH


Definition of Diversity:
It means understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing our individual differences. These can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies.

Diversity Committee Vision: To enhance the diversity and inclusiveness of our training, research, and practice communities in order to better achieve our department's vision to advance population health worldwide.

Diversity Committee Mission: To promote and advance inclusion and community among DEB members by providing necessary resources to meet individual and collective needs, while attracting and retaining DEB members from diverse backgrounds.

Goals:

  1. Develop a resource library for the development of inclusive teaching, research, and clinical practice activities relevant to department members’ roles.
  2. Revise recruitment and retention approaches in order to increase the diversity of our faculty, staff and student body.
  3. Diversify the fields of epidemiology and biostatistics by recruiting, mentoring, supporting and providing professional opportunities for trainees from diverse backgrounds.
  4. Build a stronger sense of community through increased quantity and quality of scientific, cultural and social events.
  5. Engage in transparent communication with DEB members about Diversity Committee priorities, actions and progress.