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Diversity in Biochemistry: Addressing Racial & Social Justice

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The members of the Department of Biochemistry are committed to increasing and promoting diversity, inclusion and equity in their teaching and research activities. We are dedicated to provide a safe and supportive environment for all students, staff and faculty including those from under-served and under-represented communities.

Together, we are working on:

Community participation in reflective exercises, activities and dialogue around inclusion and diversity topics such as personal engagement, biases, and inclusive pedagogy.

Supporting our under-represented minority (URM) students, staff and faculty as we take part of their training and their career by acknowledging the complexity of their experiences within the realm of academia and creating individualized advising and/or professional development plans where necessary. 

Prioritizing the recruitment and retention of diverse students, staff and faculty, through intentional networking, decreasing barriers to experiential learning activities, and using an inclusive pedagogy approach in our classes. 

Reviewing our curriculum and governing documents for any systemic injustices.

Highlighting our diverse community initiatives including the creation of a Diversity and Inclusion committee and the 2-year HHMI cohort.

Here are examples of outreach events and DEI (Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion) initiatives that we've participated in or created: 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee

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    Anne Brown , bio

    Assistant Professor and Science Informatics and Health Analytics Coordinator: Computational Modeling for Drug Discovery

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    Michael Klemba , bio

    Associate Professor and Director of Biochemistry Study Abroad Programs: Biochemistry and Drug Discovery of Malaria

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    Chloé Lahondère , bio

    Assistant Professor and Inclusion and Diversity Committee Chair: Mechanisms of Thermal Adaption in Insects

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    Sasha Marine , bio

    Collegiate Assistant Professor and Director of VT-Research, Extension and Learning Program: Biochemistry Teaching and Learning

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    Amy Rasor , bio

    Academic & Student Support Advisor

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    Chevon Thorpe , bio

    Collegiate Assistant Professor and CALS Assistant Dean of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity: Medical Biochemistry Teaching and Learning