The Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics believes that diversity is crucial to our pursuit of academic excellence, and is deeply committed to creating a diverse and inclusive community. We support UNC’s policy, which states that “the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is committed to equality of opportunity and pledges that it will not practice or permit discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Statements and Resources on Diversity and Inclusion at UNC and the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics

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Message from UODI: Jacob Blake and Racial Trauma

Special Advisor to the Provost & Chancellor for Equity & Inclusion/ Interim Chief Diversity Officer, Sibby Anderson-Thompkins, and Senior Director of Education, Operations and Initiatives, Gretchen C. Bellamy, have prepared a message that addresses the continuing racial atrocities against Black people that are occurring across the country. The cumulative impact on the mental, emotional and physical well-being of Black, Indigenous and People of Color is profound. Over the course of the next few months, the University Office for Diversity and Inclusion will continue to drive efforts to challenge systemic racism and support collective healing. Click below for the entirety of the message and details about these efforts.

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Diversity Statement

With the motto lux, libertas (light and liberty) the University of North Carolina has affirmed its commitment to the principles of transparency and personal freedom. The University is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment and to ensuring that educational and employment decisions are based on individuals’ abilities and qualifications. Consistent with these principles and applicable laws, it is, therefore, our policy not to discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status, as articulated in the University’s Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment, and Related Misconduct.

Student Mistreatment and Learning Environment Concern

It is the goal of the School of Medicine to provide an environment for students that is conducive to learning and free of all forms of harassment. Read more at this SOM website, policies, and report a concern: Student Mistreatment and Learning Environment Concern.

Resources for All Current Students

If you are a graduate student at UNC you should become familiar with the resources available to you. Do not try to solve problems on your own! Knowing where to turn when a problem arises, or how to put a safety mechanism in place before a problem arises, can be an important part of your success. View the BBSP Student Resources website for a list of resources that contains information and links to UNC offices, guides, policies, and contacts relevant to bioscience graduate students.

Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Diversity Committee

BCBP Diversity Committee as of July 8, 2020