Diversity

The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics is committed to diversity in our workforce and among our professional collaborators and service providers; to equal and supportive inclusion of people from all backgrounds, regardless of race or ethnicity, age, disability status, socioeconomic status, immigration status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and cis- or transgender status; and to developing and actively maintaining equitable policies to advance these goals. In our roles as educators and researchers, we are also committed to working toward equitable professional opportunities for healthcare providers and equitable access to high quality, respectful healthcare for all patients and populations.

The Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics Committee on DEI aims to increase understanding and effective collegiality within our department by creating a culture where equity, inclusion and diversity are central tenets. The committee has diverse representation in terms of gender, race and ethnicity, seniority, and area of expertise (education, research, clinical care) and includes members of our faculty, staff, and trainee population. 

Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 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.

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. To foster an environment that enables all members to feel empowered, valued, respected and safe.

Current committee members include:
Meghan D. Morris, Vice-Chair of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Iona Cheng, Alison Cohen, Kristina Dang, Kate Duchowny, Georgina Lopez, Suzanna Martinez, Kala Mehta, Asha Robertson, Susan Rubin, Anna Rubinsky, Cameron Scott, Starley Shade.

Goals:

  1. Increase the number and success of female and ethnic and racial underrepresented minority (URM) researchers at all career stages  (students, post-doctoral fellows, non-faculty academic researchers, assistant, associate and full professors) through targeted recruitment and retention strategies and revised selection and promotion processes.
  2. Improve the learning environment for trainees, research and administrative staff, and faculty by enhancing mentorship and culture of inclusion
  3. Increase visibility and opportunities for female and ethnic and racial URM research faculty in the department and externally
  4. Increase gender and ethnic and racial diversity of seminar speakers
  5. Increase knowledge and skills to engage respectfully with peers
  6. Increase opportunities for staff and non-faculty academic department members to advance; increase the representation of female and ethnic and racial URM constituents holding paid leadership positions and executive staff positions
  7. Increase scholarship related to health disparities research and policies to enhance equity
  8. Evaluate progress toward diversity, equity, and inclusion goals 

To advance progress toward these goals we have compiled the following working groups:

  • DEI survey for faculty, staff and learners to identify areas of improvements and remaining needs related to inclusion and equity among department members
  • DEI seminar series to establish a quarterly DEI seminar series within our department
  • Diversity supplement to establish a culture of applying for and receiving diversity supplements to support PhD, postdocs, and junior faculty
  • Diversity statements to improve the understanding of what constitutes DEI work and components of a quality statement on diversity, to increase department members' engagement in DEI activities and longer-term to create a formal system for recognizing DEI work

Please consider joining a working group! Both short- and long-term involvement is helpful. Email Meghan Morris, Vice-Chair of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, for more information.

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