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DEIJ Committee Mission Statement

The CLSE Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ) Committee unites students, faculty, and staff with the common goal of creating inclusive learning environments that foster a love of biology while correcting historic and current oppression of marginalized groups in STEM. Science should be accessible to everyone. Valuing diverse identities regarding race, gender, ethnicity, LGBTQIA+, socioeconomic status, disability, religion, and neurodiversity will improve both the scientific community and the society that science serves and is strengthened by diverse thinking and problem solving. We work to provide equitable opportunities in the classroom, lab, and field for all students by providing support for the development of evidence-based teaching practices aligned with inclusion and representation of diverse identities.

We also wish to make learning more accessible to all students who take a class in the CLSE or utilize our advising services so that everyone may have an equitable opportunity to excel and develop a passion for the sciences, prepare for careers in biology related fields, and have access to support. To have equitable access for growth, not only must the population feel safe, but it must feel a sense of trust and belonging in the community at hand. Our DEIJ committee wishes to change the perception of who functions in STEM fields to be more inclusive by critically reexamining history and exposing students to a more diverse set of scientists.

Lastly, the applications of diverse ideas and experiences to teaching and learning are all strengths that aid in student learning. The CLSE recognizes the importance of diversity in both the classroom and the workplace and understands the positive impacts of a diverse population on biology education. We seek to create a safe and supportive working environment for all staff, students, and faculty to grow and develop in a way that honors all identities and backgrounds.