The Department of Microbiology and Immunology strongly supports the goals for the DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION STRATEGIC PLAN of the University of Michigan including:
Diversity: We commit to increasing diversity, which is expressed in myriad forms, including race and ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, language, culture, national origins, religious commitments, age, disability status and political perspective.
Equity: We commit to working actively to challenge and respond to bias, harassment and discrimination. We are committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight or veteran status.
Inclusion: We commit to pursuing deliberate efforts to ensure that our campus is a place where differences are welcomed, where different perspectives are respectfully heard and where every individual feels a sense of belonging and inclusion. We know that by building a critical mass of diverse groups on campus and creating a vibrant climate of inclusiveness, we can more effectively leverage the resources of diversity to advance our collective capabilities.
Addressing these issues are critical to fulfilling our missions of conducting medical research, training the next generation of scientists, teaching the University’s student body, and serving the medical school, the scientific community and the public.
- A Rackham Faculty Allies for Diversity Grant has been awarded to the Department of Microbiology and Immunology since 2018, thanks to M&I faculty member Akira Ono and Yasmina Laouar.
- Tea@3 – Gather for tea and company each Tuesday afternoon during the school year. Hosted by a different lab each week with frequent cultural themes
- Peer-to-peer mentoring for incoming students
- Speaker series – hosted by Student Panel on Career and Diversity, funded by the Rackham Faculty Allies for Diversity Grant
- Multi-cultural social gatherings – annual events such as the Diversity Potluck
- Story Time – summer seminar series featuring non-scientific stories from department members
- Community service – department-wide participation in planned volunteer events at places like Food Gatherers
- After-hours social events – department-sponsored, family-friendly events like bowling
- Department events – yearly department picnics, holiday parties, and biennial department retreats
DEI Behind the Scenes
- Training events – Regularly hosted training events for faculty, staff, and students on unconscious bias, bystander intervention, and mental health and suicide prevention
- Web updates – regular updates to the department web page to represent the most recent changes in our students and personnel, development of online resources for diverse speaker pools
- Community building – preparation of postdoc welcome packets, better integration of masters students in departmental activities
- Data collection and analysis – increased tracking of trainee, faculty, and invited speaker demographics to improve recruitment and inclusion of a diverse department
Current (Spring 2019) trainee demographics are evenly distributed by both gender and race/ethnicity* for both students (orange) and postdocs (green) with a slight over-representation of Caucasian women. Credit: Dr. Ada Hagan
*Caucasian individuals were coded as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau. Persons of color (MOC, WOC) include all non-Caucasian individuals within our data set.
Faculty-Invited Speaker Demographics
Unlike our trainee demographics above, faculty-invited speaker demographics skew heavily to Caucasian, and in particular, Caucasian men. In addition to making faculty aware of the disparity between trainee and invited speaker demographics, the department has instituted changes to improve diversity by tracking status of lectureship nominees, encouraging lab-invited speakers, and providing faculty with resources to find under-represented minorities in microbiology and immunology (see DEI Resources below). Credit: Dr. Ada Hagan
M&I DEI Committee
Faculty Lead: Yasmina Laouar
Department Chair: Bethany B. Moore
Administrative Staff Representative: Jona Kalaj, Angela Kelly
Research Staff Representative: Stephanie Himpsl
Postdoctoral Representative: Sarah Tomkovich
Doctoral Student Representative: Amanda Photenhauer
Master's Student Representative: Jaime Fuentes
DEI initiatives for undergraduate and graduate students:
- Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP)
- Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP)
- Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
- Association for Women in Science (AWIS)
- Association of Multicultural Scientists (AMS)
Increasing invited speaker diversity:
Credit: Drs. Josie Libertucci and Ada Hagan
University DEI initiatives, courses, and workshops:
- University of Michigan ADVANCE program: workshops and faculty demographics dashboard
- Resources at Rackham’s Office of Graduate Student Programs
- Diversity-related events on the university’s DEI websiteor search the U-M’s Campus Information Center calendar
- Find workshops and courses for students, faculty, and staff through UM Human Resources https://hr.umich.edu/working-u-m/professional-development/learning-professional-development/courses
- Subscribe to, read, and follow the links in Michigan Medicine’s Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies newsletter http://eepurl.com/cxauxf
- Michigan Medicine’s Office for Health Equity and Inclusion (OHEI) offers programs for undergraduate and graduate students and faculty http://www.med.umich.edu/ohei/program/program.html
- The university is an institutional member of The National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity http://www.facultydiversity.org/and works with the Big10 Academic Alliance on diversity and recruitment issues http://www.btaa.org/faculty/diversity-and-recruitment
- The NSF https://www.nsf.gov/od/odi/and NIH https://diversity.nih.gov/both have offices and programs dedicated to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion