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Equity and Diversity at CBS

Diversity and inclusion are necessary to achieve breakthrough discoveries and to prepare today’s students to create the biology of tomorrow.

In order to achieve inclusion for all students, faculty and staff, we are committed to the foundational scientific practice of examining assumptions and biases. We believe that a self-aware science community, active institutional efforts and individual advocacy will help remove barriers for the success of all community members across differences, including race, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, geography, and socioeconomic status or background.

Resources for students

Graduate student and postdoctoral employee mentoring program

Interested in talking with faculty about professional development topics other than research? This resource makes it easy to find faculty members willing to talk about specific topics based on their own professional and life experiences. Based on feedback from graduate students, the network was developed as a means of fostering informal mentoring, especially important for supporting a diverse community of scientists from different cultures, identities and backgrounds. Learn more

NorthStar STEM Alliance

Opportunities for students from underrepresented groups to receive mentoring, internship and research opportunities, leadership development, industry connections and more. Learn more

Ally training for graduate students and postdocs

As we learn how to conduct research, teach and serve in an increasingly diverse world, what are constructive ways of navigating complex situations involving diversity and inclusivity? How does our own background affect our potential responses? How can we work toward access, inclusion and support for marginalized and underrepresented students, faculty and staff? Schedule a training session

Engaging with difference: Workshop for pre-health students

Come explore the challenges and benefits of engaging with difference as a healthcare professional. This session will ask you to reflect and discuss how you may encounter aspects of diversity in your future health career. Explore these topics with CBS Student Services Advisors to learn how intercultural competence plays a role in health professions admissions, and gain ideas on how to develop experiences in diverse environments as a pre-health student. Schedule a workshop

Resources for faculty and staff

How can we develop an inclusive climate in CBS classes to support effective learning of all students? Here are some helpful links that have been reviewed by several CBS faculty.

Equity and diversity in the search process toolkit

Ensuring equity and diversity in the search process is essential for increasing the diversity of candidate pools for positions, and ultimately the diversity of the University community. EOAA created this online toolkit to help guide the process. Here's the toolkit

Implicit bias training

Diversifying CBS faculty and staff depends on attracting pools of excellent and diverse candidates. How we evaluate applications also determines the type of candidates we interview. Learn about research on hidden biases regarding gender and race in the evaluation process and steps we can take to decrease cultural biases. All CBS cluster hire search committees participated in this training, and most interview pools contained a greater proportion of women than were found in the applicant pool. Schedule a training session

Ally training

As we learn how to conduct research, teach and serve in an increasingly diverse world, what are constructive ways of navigating complex situations involving diversity and inclusivity? How does our own background affect our potential responses? How can we work toward access, inclusion and support for marginalized and underrepresented students, faculty and staff? Specially designed for faculty, staff, postdocs and graduate students. Schedule a training session

Equity and diversity in our everyday work

"What does diversity and inclusion have to do with me?" Learn why CBS is requiring a commitment to diversity and inclusion in job descriptions for new faculty and staff. Learn how these values relate to our work culture and productivity. Examine with fresh eyes your job description and annual performance goals. Schedule a workshop

University resources

Questions about equity and diversity at CBS? Contact Stephanie Xenos (sxenos@umn.edu).