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)
- Kristina Dang, MPH
- Maria Glymour, ScD, MS
- Felix Liu
- Georgina Lopez
- Jason Maeda
- Kristen Newhouse
- Thomas Newman, MD, MPH
- Susan Rubin, 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.
- Develop a resource library for the development of inclusive teaching, research, and clinical practice activities relevant to department members’ roles.
- Revise recruitment and retention approaches in order to increase the diversity of our faculty, staff and student body.
- Diversify the fields of epidemiology and biostatistics by recruiting, mentoring, supporting and providing professional opportunities for trainees from diverse backgrounds.
- Build a stronger sense of community through increased quantity and quality of scientific, cultural and social events.
- Engage in transparent communication with DEB members about Diversity Committee priorities, actions and progress.