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Checking in With Dean Forbes - April 2021

Each year around this time, the University asks colleges to present our priorities for the coming year to the provost and other University leaders. The College continues to advance its mission with strong enrollment and graduation rates, incremental increases in research dollars and robust engagement efforts. We look to build on that momentum in the coming year.

Our top priorities, outlined in the FY22 CBS Compact, going forward are to:

  • Continue to grow our undergraduate enrollment while maintaining the excellence of our programs and the success and well-being of our students.

  • Building on our recognized research strengths, we will pursue opportunities to attract novel funding streams, grow public-private partnerships, and raise our visibility locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

  • Thoroughly integrate equity, diversity, inclusion and social justice in our educational programs, research activities, community engagement initiatives, and administrative support functions.

In order to integrate equity, diversity, inclusion and social justice across our mission, we must take a close look at how we operate. Last summer, we began a process that culminated in a set of recommendations from the collegiate anti-racism work group. I hope you will take a moment to provide your thoughts ahead of a college-wide town hall next week. 

The goal is not just to fix a problem, but rather to set our sights toward a more just scientific community. It’s a tremendous opportunity to realize our full potential to create the biology of tomorrow as stated in our mission. By creating a truly inclusive space in which biases are identified and addressed through thoughtful policies and practices will allow for the full participation of every member of the CBS community. It will support a culture that rewards transparency, collaboration and fairness for all. 


April, 2021