The CBS DEIJ Community of Practice awarded funds for 17 proposals in varying amounts totaling more than $75,000 provided by the CBS Dean’s Office. The grants will support projects across the college that advance diversity, equity, inclusion and justice. The awards support efforts across departments and include programs and projects led by graduate and undergraduate students, faculty and staff. Learn more
The College launched a community of practice to facilitate information sharing and action teams inform efforts to implement several of the recommendations presented last spring.
DEIJ Action Teams
Beginning in fall 2021, DEIJ action teams will do a deep dive collecting and analyzing information, identifying opportunities and laying out next steps. The teams, made up of volunteers from across the college, will focus on the following priorities:
- Increase the representational diversity through recruitment and retention strategies.
- Align incentives and recognition as a reflection of our values.
- Promote and develop inclusive teaching practices.
The teams will work with dean’s office staff members and other stakeholders to implement changes and develop new initiatives that support progress on these priorities. Teams will meet monthly through June. Volunteers are encouraged to secure approval from their supervisor as needed.
DEIJ Community of Practice
The College’s DEIJ Community of Practice (CBS DCoP) is modeled on the University’s Diversity Community of Practice (DCoP). Departments and units within the college selected representatives to participate. Learn more
The College convened two working groups and help a town hall to discuss recommendations for addressing racism and inequities.
CBS Virtual Town Hall
CBS Anti-Racism Working Group
Formed in June 2020, the group is comprised of faculty, staff and students charged with identifying structures and processes in CBS that reinforce systemic racism, surveying the current landscape of anti-racist work in the College and developing a roadmap for moving this work forward at the collegiate level. Read the College of Biological Sciences Anti-Racism Work Group Recommendations
Alumni Anti-Racism Council
Starting in mid-2020, a handful of CBS alumni established the Alumni Anti-Racism Council to discuss racism and how race-related issues within the College impact students. Read their letter to Dean Forbes, written on Friday, December 4, 2020