Biology Equity & Inclusion

The Biology Department strives to provide an inclusive and welcoming learning and working environment that honors and embraces individuality, supports the expression of diverse ideas, encourages the safe exploration of intellectual curiosity and creativity, and builds a shared sense of community. We are deeply committed to these ideals in all aspects of what we do, whether in teaching, research, service to the College and University, or in our efforts to provide science outreach to the broader community. If you have ideas regarding work we should prioritize in our continued efforts to foster greater STEM inclusivity, we would love to hear from you.

Current Projects

Committee on Race and Sex/Gender in the Biology Curriculum (A Professional Learning Community)

This is a biweekly discussion group composed of Biology faculty and other interested individuals across campus that explores topics related to race, sex, and gender that intersect with the biology curriculum. Our focus is centered on how these topics might be effectively and inclusively taught in the classroom. The group is actively working to identify common misconceptions about biology that underlie bias and misconceptions related to race, sex and gender, and articulate learning objectives. Future goals are to develop curricular modules that could be employed in courses throughout the Biology curriculum and assess the impact and effectiveness of these modules. Contact committee chair Dan Pollard for more information.

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2019-2020 Series on Biology and Race, Sex, and Gender

Biology faculty recipients of a 2019 Social Justice & Equity Committee grant and a Spratlen Award have organized an event series that features speakers and workshop facilitators with expertise in the intersections of Biology and Race, Sex, and/or Gender. The goals of this series are to 1) increase community awareness of misconceptions that arise from misunderstandings about Biology and/or inaccuracies in what is taught in Biology courses, 2) augment the efforts of the Biology Professional Learning Community on Race, Sex and Gender in the Biology Curriculum (see above/below), and 3) facilitate greater inclusion in our classrooms and Department. We hope that our efforts will spark and deepen important conversations about race, sex, and gender as well as how these and other related topics are taught in Biology.  For more information, please contact Dr. Suzanne LeeDan Pollard, and Lina Dahlberg.