Faculty and staff in the Department of Biology and Institute of Biochemistry are committed to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion in our programs. We recognize and celebrate the diversity and lived experiences of our students. We aspire for our classrooms and research groups to be supportive and affirming spaces for all people regardless of their race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, culture, religion, and socioeconomic status. We are committed to listening and learning how to best support our diverse student population.

Current members of the Biology EDI committee

Jenny Bruin, Assistant Professor

Roslyn Dakin, Assistant Professor

Martha Mullally, Instructor II

Alex Wong, Associate Professor

Anand Chopra, PhD Student

TBD, Undergraduate Student

Faculty of Science EDI Committee

The Department of Biology and Institute of Biochemistry are also represented on the Faculty of Science EDI committee, which has organized an engaging new event series that aims to increase Awareness, Collaboration and Engagement (ACE), and advance Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) efforts in the Faculty of Science. Please check out upcoming and previous online ACE EDI events and plan to join us at the next one.

Ongoing initiatives in the Department of Biology

Carleton Biology Lab Renamed and Bursary Established in Honour of Henrietta Lacks

This initiative to honour Henrietta Lacks was created by Carleton HeLa, a team of Carleton students led by Nadeea Rahim. The initiative includes the establishment of a bursary, installation of a plaque, and renaming of an undergraduate teaching laboratory.

https://newsroom.carleton.ca/story/henrietta-lacks-biology-lab-bursary/

See the Carleton HeLa initiative for more information: https://linktr.ee/carletonhela

Biology Bursary for Black, Indigenous and Racialized undergraduate students

This Future Funder campaign was started by members of the Carleton HeLa initiative to raise funds for a Biology Bursary for Black, Indigenous and Racialized undergraduate students.

https://futurefunder.carleton.ca/campaigns/biology-bursary-for-bipoc-students/

Biology EDI Journal Club

The EDI committee has started a departmental journal club that will meet regularly to discuss diverse EDI-related topics. A list of papers we have discussed is below:

April 9, 2021: Asai DJ: Race Matters, Cell, 181 (2020).  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cell.2020.03.044

May 27, 2021: Claude M Steele: Whistling Vivaldi; How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do (Chapter 5: The Many Experiences of Stereotype Threat). https://claudesteele.com/book/

Summer 2021 EDI Research Project

With funding support from I-CUREUS and the Faculty of Science, the Biology EDI committee has established an undergraduate summer research internship to conduct an EDI-related research project. This summer, an undergraduate student will lead a research project to survey students in the Faculty of Science regarding aspects of their identity and survey faculty about their perceptions of student identity. The goal is to reveal the ways in which faculty perceive, or misperceive, who their students are. The results from this project will lead to greater understanding of Carleton science student identity and will lead to ways that the faculty of science can improve access and lower barriers to historically underrepresented groups (BIPOC, LGBTQ+, women) in science.

We will continue to update this page with new initiatives and actions.