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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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The Department of Microbiology and Immunology strives to respect and acknowledge the experiences of the diverse backgrounds of all people. Our differences drive innovation and foster a collaborative culture that is essential to our educational and research missions.

MBI and CVBI Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council

The Department of MicrobioloMicrobial Diversitygy and Immunology and the Center for Vaccine Biology and Immunology established a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Taskforce in July 2020, to explore existing resources and initiatives available through the university and medical center, and make recommendations to leadership to ensure the department and center consider actions and decision-making always through the lens of diversity and inclusion. Our ultimate goal is to cultivate a climate and culture that is welcoming, supportive and continuously improving for our learners, faculty and staff.

Council Activities

  • Developed a group that represents grad students, postdocs, faculty, staff, personnel who reside in secondary labs outside of MBI/CVBI, and personnel who do not work in MBI/CVBI, but share our space.
  • Reviewed the URMC Equity and Anti-Racism Action Plan and compared it against the recommendations included in the #ACTIONSSPEAKLOUDER petition. Discussed at length what recommendations are relevant for our own department and center.
  • Developed a survey to gauge the current climate of our department and center with regard to DEI.
  • Drafted an inclusion statement, solicited feedback from all department and center personnel, and adjusted the statement per those survey results. 
  • Developed a web presence to be used to monitor and report on progress.

 

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Upcoming Events

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Spring 2024 Community Dialogues

February 27 @ 5:00 PM

Interfaith Chapel

What's on your heart? What do we need to talk about? Join the Office of Equity & Inclusion's Restorative Practices team for one or more community dialogues. These dialogues are open to all students, ...

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Spring 2024 Community Dialogues

March 07 @ 5:00 PM

Interfaith Chapel

What's on your heart? What do we need to talk about? Join the Office of Equity & Inclusion's Restorative Practices team for one or more community dialogues. These dialogues are open to all students, ...

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Tana Grady-Weliky, M.D. Lecture on Women and Diversity in Medicine

March 12 @ 12:00 PM

School of Medicine and Dentistry 1-7619 Adolph (Lower) Auditorium

This year’s Tana Grady-Weliky, MD Lecture on Women and Diversity in Medicine will be delivered by Michele Harper, MD, an award-winning physician, and New York Times bestselling author on March 12 from...

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Spring 2024 Community Dialogues

March 13 @ 12:00 PM

Interfaith Chapel

What's on your heart? What do we need to talk about? Join the Office of Equity & Inclusion's Restorative Practices team for one or more community dialogues. These dialogues are open to all students, ...

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Spring 2024 Community Dialogues

April 11 @ 5:00 PM

Interfaith Chapel

What's on your heart? What do we need to talk about? Join the Office of Equity & Inclusion's Restorative Practices team for one or more community dialogues. These dialogues are open to all students, ...



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