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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in MPB

Our mission is to create a departmental environment in which faculty, staff and trainees from diverse backgrounds and identities experience respect and a sense of belonging; and where they are supported and empowered to reach their full potential.

We hold the sincere belief that fostering the advancement of and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion of all faculty, staff and trainees benefits all members of our community. To bring this vision to life, we are intentional about recruiting, retaining, and supporting diverse and underrepresented personnel at all levels. Vanderbilt University does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, socio-economic background, or disability.

VLS is launching a new lecture series on Race and Discrimination, featuring leading scholars from across VU. The opening lecture will be by Prof. Daniel Sharfstein. It will take place tomorrow at noon (Thu, Feb 25). The Zoom link can be found on the Series homepage with both a public and private VU link.

Prof. Sharfstein’s talk, titled “Brown, Massive Resistance, and the Lawyer’s View: A Nashville Story,” will explore the ideas, strategies, and professional identities of several Vanderbilt Law graduates who worked to resist or undermine the integration of Nashville schools in the decade after Brown v. Board of Education. It promises to be provocative and insightful – Daniel is an incredible scholar and a most eloquent speaker and writer.


The School of Medicine – Basic Sciences web site provides a comprehensive listing of resources here.

The Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion has a plethora of resources including a read and watch-list of anti-racism resources.  Click here to view the list.

The Office of Inclusive Excellence has a list of racism and injustice resources you can view here.

Specific resources recommended by members of the DEI committee or other department members are provided here:

Recommended Articles:

Recommended Podcasts:

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Recommended Videos:

Recommended Newsletter:

Links to External Resources:

The following courses are available in Oracle Learning:

  • Overcoming Unconscious Bias in the Workplace
  • EverFi: Managing Bias
  • Overcoming Your Own Unconscious Biases
  • Understanding Unconscious Bias
  • Outwitting Your Cognitive Bias
  • Bridging the Diversity Gap
  • COMPLIANCE SHORT: Unconscious Bias
  • Moving Beyond Gender Roles as a Leader
  • Wage and Hour for Employees

Anti-Racism Training

Disrupting Everyday Bias: A Cook-Ross Training

P.R.I.D.E (Pursuing Respect, Inclusion, Diversity, & Equity) Training

Speak Out

Straight Facts About LGBTQI Life

Any member of the DEI committee (see below) would love to receive an email  suggesting/recommending additional activities and/or resources that foster greater awareness of DEI issues and help move our ant-racist efforts forward.

If you witness a racist incident, or have other concerns about discrimination in MPB, please report them in confidence to one of the following places:

Equal Opportunity and Access

Vanderbilt University Police Department

Office of Compliance

Project Safe


VU downloadable lab posters can be found here.

Others available at:

The MPB DEI Committee is dedicated to recognizing labs that are doing an outstanding job in diversity such as participating in trainings/workshops, supporting initiatives, demonstrating awareness and dedication to DEI issues within their labs, etc.

We would like to acknowledge the following faculty members for participating as mentors in the Intersections Science Fellowship Symposium in January 2021:

  • Roger Colbran
  • Rafael Arrojo e Drigo
  • Alyssa Hasty
  • Linda Sealy

If you know of or are in a lab that you would like featured, please contact Roger Colbran ( or Kandi Granberry (

The committee was commissioned by Dr. Nancy Carrasco in the fall of 2020 to lead discussions to develop meaningful enhancements in departmental diversity, equity and inclusion. The committee contains faculty staff and trainee representatives and is chaired by Dr. Danny Winder.

Feel free to contact any member of the committee via the links below.




Rama Ali, Postdoc, Neuert Lab


Michelle Bales, Postdoc, Ayala Lab


Roger Colbran, Professor of MPB


Kandi Granberry, Graduate Education Coordinator


Louise Lantier, Research Assistant Professor of MPB, MMPC


Thao Le, Graduate Student (MSTP), Ayala Lab


Serena Sweet, Graduate Student (IGP), Simerly Lab


Darian Thomas, Graduate Student (IMSD), Gannon lab


Paola Torres, Postdoc, Carrasco Lab


Danny Winder, Professor of MPB, VCAR