Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee aims to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Department of Biology in a number of ways including:

  • Organizing events--such as speakers, workshops, lunch and learns, journal clubs, courses, and social gatherings--where honest and open discussions can occur.
  • Reviewing and propose changes to policies and practices to enable equity, diversity and inclusion for groups that have been historically excluded.
  • Developing zero-tolerance, anti-racism policies and putting procedures in place that effectively handle complaints about racism and race-related aggression.
  • Creating a reporting system for all department members and space to have conversations about racially charged incidents.
  • Providing support for the recipients of the bias and consequences for the person(s) responsible.
  • Working with campus organizations (such as LSAMP) that support undergraduate and graduate students who are underrepresented, first-generation, non-traditional, or disabled.
  • Recommending best practices to department administration and department committees. 
The membership of the DEI committee can be found on the deparatment's standing committees page.
If you would like to get in touch with the DEI committee about an issue related to DEI or to report a concern, please e-mail the committee: dei.biology@uky.edu.