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The Biochemistry and Biophysics department DEI committee is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive community. The DEI Community Engagement subcommittee recently surveyed the department to learn more about what individuals are doing to give back to the UNC community and larger surrounding community. Here are a few highlights of activities to celebrate individual’s volunteer activities. We plan to host department wide volunteer opportunities in the near future.

Sierra Cole 2021

Sierra Cole (Gladfelter lab)

Letters to a pre-scientist, Mibio outreach at NC Science Festival, WinSPIRE, Carrboro Farmer’s market


Jeanette Cook, PhD

Jean Cook PhD

Mailed voter registration cards, poll worker, voter assistant (helped voters if they were at the wrong polling place, answered questions, etc.), participant in DNA Day 5K events March for Science.


Dalia Fleifel

Dalia Fleifel (Cook lab)

Partners In Enhancing Early Research Success (PEERS) mentor, SURE program summer intern mentor


Silvia Kreda
Silvia Kreda PhD

Dog-assisted activities at the UNC Children’s and Memorial Hospitals, dog-assisted activities at the Summer Camp for Hemiplegic Children, UNC Hospital Volunteer, elected Member of the UNC Hospital Volunteer Association Leadership Council, dog-assisted activities at UNC-CH libraries, invited lectures about dog-assisted activities (with therapy dog Whiskey and Echo the dog) to undergraduate students NC State University, UNC medical residents and staff, and graduate students in the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media, dog-assisted activities in public libraries, fundraising events for CF and other pediatric disorders, member of the Drill Team of Paws 4 Ever Mebane NC, fundraising events for Paws 4 Ever Mebane NC.


Shu Zhang

Shu Zhang (Dohlman lab)

DNA Day Letters to a Pre-Scientist STAR (Scientific Training and Research Program for primary to middle school students) program board member/organizer DEI committee GBCC board member Texas-Duke-UNC National Case competition steering committee member.