Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Departmental Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

MIC is committed to fostering a respectful, supportive and inclusive environment that allows all members of our community to thrive. There is overwhelming evidence that increasing diversity enhances creativity and innovation. To build an equitable scientific space that supports individuals of diverse physical abilities, ethnicities, nationalities, genders, sexual orientations, belief systems, and socioeconomic backgrounds, MIC is committed to:

  • Increasing the representation and retention of students, postdocs, staff, and faculty from groups that have been historically excluded or marginalized in science
  • Cultivating an inclusive climate that welcomes all individuals and uniquely promotes their success
  • Providing community members with the training and tools to actively promote a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment
  • Ensuring that scholars at all levels have role models for their training and advancement
  • Investing in and engaging with external communities that support diversity, equity, and inclusion in biomedical sciences

Current or prospective members of the MIC community are encouraged to contact the Department Diversity Facilitator (se2s@virginia.edu)