In 2018, Biology graduate students launched the Biology Diversity Community (BDC), a cross-disciplinary, student-driven group that fosters peer support for underrepresented students and unites a network of individuals throughout the Biology community. The BDC focuses on creating a space for individuals and groups to communicate their varying perspectives to the MIT community and beyond, and to discuss how to navigate barriers as graduate students. To contact the BDC, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Meghann Kasal, Biograd Class of 2017
- Amanda Cruz, Biograd Class of 2016
- Alexandra Navarro, Biograd Class of 2015
- Yamilex Acevedo-Sánchez, Biograd Class of 2018
- Sora Kim, Biograd Class of 2015
- SaRa Kim, Research Technician
- Adjovi Koene, Administrative Assistant
- Alexandra Pike, Postdoctoral Fellow
- Bridget Begg, Biograd Class of 2015
- Christian Loyo, Biograd Class of 2019
The BDC hosts a variety of events throughout the academic year. After the success of #ShutdownSTEM in June 2020, the BDC implemented a Diversity Seminar Series in the Fall of 2020 and a more casual Coffee Series in the Spring of 2021.
With these events, our mission is to highlight diverse voices and to continue department-wide conversations about race, gender, diversity, equity, and inclusion. We aim to engage the MIT community in educational discussions, disrupt biases and systems of oppression, and build a community with opportunities to learn how individuals’ unique identities influence their experiences.