The field of biological sciences has a persistent lack of diversity. When science lacks the equal participation of all members in society, it limits the opportunities available for individuals from all backgrounds, and the field of biological sciences suffers from the lack of inclusion of different perspectives that would enhance our knowledge of the living world (Berhe et al. 2021).
The Genome Center’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force aims to monitor and improve the workplace climate at the Genome Center by diminishing the barriers to equity in the center. The Genome Center’s DEI Task Force will promote historically excluded populations who are currently underrepresented in omics. The DEI Task Force will also work to improve accessibility of the center.
The UC Davis Genome Center’s DEI Task Force began with an inquiry on experiences and interest from Genome Center members. Creation of a DEI Task Force was fully supported, includes individuals from all positions, and held its first meeting on October 20, 2021.
Task Force Members:
Co-chairs: Arpana Vaniya and Dave Segal.
|Aina, Mary||Undergraduate Student|
|Grigorean, Gabriela||Project Scientist|
|Halmai, Nicole||Postdoctoral Scholar|
|Iwuagwu, Caidon||Undergraduate Student|
|Rowan, Beth||Project Scientist|
|Sekar, Aarthi||Graduate Student|
|Zavala, Valentina||Postdoctoral Scholar|
Please reach out to the GC's DEI Task Force to learn more or share ideas to make the GC more inclusive.