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.
UPCOMING DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION EVENTS
Diversity and Science Lecture Series (DASL) at Vanderbilt: The DASL Series, first created by University California San Diego, is a biweekly lecture series that highlights the outstanding science in academia that is driven by members of our community from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds. Our goals are to empower trainees to become leaders in their fields and to amplify the voices, stories, and science of our diverse community.
DASL will begin as a biweekly Zoom Seminar, held every other Tuesday at 10am. Each session will feature exciting scientific advancements from two members of our community, followed by an open-ended Q & A Session.
We invite you to join us this Tuesday, May 25, at 10am, for our first lecture, featuring
Jon Schmok- PhD candidate, Gene Yeo Lab, University California San Diego
Talk title: “Luminescent Reporters to Identify Regulators of RNA Alternative Splicing”
Noorsher Ahmed- PhD candidate, Gene Yeo Lab, University California San Diego
Talk title: “Overcoming the Barriers of Physics to Study RNA Granule Structure”
Meeting ID: 954 9037 4448
Dean’s Lecture Series on Racial Justice and DiscriminationSpeaker: Rhonda Y. Williams, Professor and John L. Seigenthaler Chair in American History.When: Thursday, March 31, 2021 at Noon-1:00 PM CDT
Chancellor’s Lecture Series- Symposium: Racial Justice, Freedom and Activism in Nashville and Beyond: Then and NowSpeakers: Rev. James Lawson, Angeline Butler, Justin Jones, Tequilla Johnson, Charlane Oliver, Jamil Smith, and moderated by Caroline WilliamsWhen: Friday, March 26, 2021 at 9:00 AM CDT
Dean’s Lecture Series on Racial Justice and DiscriminationSpeaker: Jonathan Metzl, Director of the Center for Medicine, Health, and SocietyWhen: Thursday, March 25, 2021 at Noon-1:00 PM CDT
- When You Picture a Scientist, Who Do You See? A panel conversation on advancing diversity and inclusion in STEM.
When: Wednesday March 24 | 3 p.m.
Sponsored by ProQuest, Scientific American, ro*co films, and FILM PLATFORM
Nobel Prize-winner Jennifer Doudna (featured in the film “Human Nature”), along with analytical chemist Raychelle Burks of American University and geomorphologist Jane Willenbring of Stanford University (both featured in “Picture A Scientist”), and social psychologist Eva Pietri of Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis will welcome your questions at a live online panel conversation on advancing diversity and inclusion in STEM. The panel will be moderated by Scientific American Editor-in-Chief Laura Helmuth. More info/registration
- Virtual Discussion on Gender and Disability
- Understanding (My) Bias – A virtual conversation on bias for faculty
- Dean’s Lecture Series on Racial Justice and Discrimination
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:
- Danny recommends “How Structural Racism Works- Racist Policies as a Root Cause of U.S. Racial Health Inequities“
- Danny recommends “Patching the Leaks: Revitalizing and Reimagining the STEM Pipeline“
- Roger recommends “The Diversity-Innovation Paradox in Science“
- Roger recommends “Diversity in science: next steps for research group leaders“
- Roger recommends “Too many senior white academics still resist recognizing racism“
- Danny recommends “Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us & What We Can Do-Edge for Scholars“
- Danny recommends “PBS Documentary, ‘Driving While Black,’ Examines Long Road of Racism“
- Roger recommends “I’ve always loved fried chicken. But the racism surrounding it shamed me“
- Danny recommends “60 Years Later, Ruby Bridges Tells her Story In This Is Your Time“
- Roger recommends “Curbing the malpractice of curb grades and high stakes exams“
- Thao recommends “The Antiracist College“
- Kandi recommends “VI4 DEI newsletter“
- Darian recommends “Code Switch“
- Roger recommends reading MLK’s Letter from Birmingham Jail
- Louise recommends The Person You Want to Be (How Good People Fight Bias) by Dolly Chugh
- Paola recommends “White fragility” by Robin DiAngelo
- Paola recommends “They can’t kill us all” by Wesley Lowery
- Paola recommends “How to be an antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi
- Roger recommends
- Louise recommends “Picture a Scientist” (trailer)
- Louise recommends “13th“(full movie)
- Kandi recommends “Inclusive Diversity | The Game Changer | Toni Carter | TEDxIdahoFalls“
- Thao recommends watching free films from Black creators. List of movies can be found here.
- Paola recommends the Netflix documentary “Explained: Racial Wealth Gap“.
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
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:
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
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