To examine and promote EDI in the BMB Department we formed an EDI committee composed of undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, staff and faculty. By having representation from each level of the BMB Department we aim to accomplish the following broad goals.
- Establish and review departmental policy around EDI-related issues
- Formulate procedures to respond to incidences of discrimination and marginalization
- Seek opportunities to promote EDI in our department and the UBC community
Step 1. What kinds of EDI-related issues should we focus on?
To identify areas of strength and areas that need improvement within the department in terms of EDI, we conducted a series of surveys and peer-run focus groups. Both faculty and staff completed online surveys and undergraduates, graduate students and postdocs participated in focus groups. Each focus group included 3-5 members of the target group and consisted of a peer facilitated set of EDI related discussion topics. We would like to thank all of the participants for helping us identify topics areas in which to focus our future EDI efforts. These discussions directly shaped our departmental EDI Action Plan and will guide our work over the next several years.
Results of the BMB 2021 ISAT Assessment: BMB 2021 ISAT Aggregate Results
Step 2. Develop an EDI Action Plan
The main objects of the Action Plan are as follows:
Objective 1: Build a deeper sense of EDI focused culture and community within the BMB Department
Objective 2: Incorporate EDI into our curriculum and teaching practices
Objective 3: Increase EDI focused mentorship and training opportunities
Objective 4: Increase and support representation of diverse groups within the department at all levels
Step 3. Implement our EDI Action Plan
Upcoming BMB EDI Events & Programs
- Work Learn Program
- Mentorship Program
And more is on the way… Check out the Events and Initiatives page for more.
Stay tuned for more information and to participate!