Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity

The Department of Microbiology & Immunology is committed to promoting an inclusive environment among graduate students, postdocs, staff, and faculty. Our department strives to foster and sustain an environment of inclusiveness and equity that empowers us all to achieve our highest potential without fear of prejudice or bias. We commit ourselves to building an exemplary educational community that offers a nurturing and challenging intellectual climate, a respect for the spectrum of human diversity, and a genuine understanding of the many differences – including race, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, and religion – that enrich a vibrant metropolitan research university. We expect every member of our academic family to embrace the underlying values of this vision and to demonstrate a strong commitment to attracting, retaining, and supporting students, faculty, and staff who reflect the diversity of our larger society.

As a department engaged in research and education, we must embrace our diversity. It is well known that multiple perspectives that can identify creative solutions to solving challenges increases performance. By working to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion within the department’s culture, we will also improve scientific discovery and the sense of belonging and grit in our students, staff, and faculty.

Engagement

Engagement activities for students, staffs and faculty that reflect our commitment:

Service and Leadership opportunities for students

  • Science Policy & Outreach Group (SPOG)
    • SPOG is a graduate student organization interested in helping others understand the importance of science. For more information visit their website: https://spogatuofl.weebly.com/
  • Learning Science Pathway (LSP)
    • LSP is program aimed at introducing high school students to scientific research career paths through a paid research internship. For more information visit their website: https://spogatuofl.weebly.com/louisville-science-pathways.html
  • Microbiology and Immunology Summer Transitional Research Experience (MISTRE) 

    • M&I’s summer high school program MISTRE provides stipends to two high school students who lack science exposure to participate in a 7-week summer internship in a research laboratory in the M&I department.  MISTRE is now merged with Louisville Science Pathways, which is the Science Policy and Outreach Group’s University-wide internship program lead by a M&I student. This merger provided exposure to weekly career seminars, and how to apply to two- and four-year colleges, with emphasis on careers in the biomedical field. 

M&I Diversity Book Club

  • The M&I Diversity Book Club meets monthly to discuss D&I topics relevant to students, faculty, and staff in STEM. The goal of the book club is to identify issues and propose solutions. For information, please contact Dr. Pascale Alard at pascale.alard@louisville.edu

Diversity Book Club Schedule

Session

Topic/article

Resource Link

15-Mar

Becoming trustworthy white allies

https://reflections.yale.edu/article/future-race/becoming-trustworthy-white-allies

Unpacking the Knapsack (privilege)

http://convention.myacpa.org/houston2018/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/UnpackingTheKnapsack.pdf

 

19-Apr

Implicit bias test from Harvard 

https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html

What is bias?

https://serc.carleton.edu/advancegeo/resources/bias.html

An AI saw a cropped photo of AOC.  It autocompleted her wearing a bikini (MIT technology review).

https://www.technologyreview.com/2021/01/29/1017065/ai-image-generation-is-racist-sexist/

Image representations learned with unsupervised pretraining contain human-like biases (ACM Conferences)

https://dl.acm.org/doi/10.1145/3442188.3445932

16-May

Race and gender gap in academia

College faculty have become more racially and ethnically diverse, but remain far less so than students (pewresearch)

https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2019/07/31/us-college-faculty-student-diversity/

Sexism in the academy (n+1)

https://nplusonemag.com/issue-34/essays/sexism-in-the-academy/

Racial and gender biases plague postdoc hiring (Sciencemag)

https://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2019/06/racial-and-gender-biases-plague-postdoc-hiring

Strategies to improve equity in faculty hiring (MBcC)

https://www.molbiolcell.org/doi/10.1091/mbc.E19-08-0476

14-Jun

Ways to be more inclusive and imposter syndrome (Guest: Ryan Simpson)

12-Sep

Microaggression and being a upstander (Guest: Mireia Guerau)

Language matters: considering microaggressions in Science (life sciences education)

https://www.lifescied.org/doi/10.1187/cbe.18-01-0011

Moving from bystander to upstander (NIH video)

https://videocast.nih.gov/watch=37765

17-Oct

10 simple rules for building an anti-racist lab

https://ecoevorxiv.org/4a9p8/

Resources

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