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.
- Ana Tsai, Biograd Class of 2021
- Cesar Dominguez, Biograd Class of 2019
- Christian Loyo, Biograd Class of 2019
- Juana De La O, Biograd Class of 2019
- Julia Dierksheide, Biograd Class of 2020
- Manraj Gill, Biograd Class of 2018
- SaRa Kim, Technical Associate
For information on past members, please visit our website.
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.
- Coffee and conversations: Codeswitching and authenticity
- Professors and Pizza: MLK visiting scholars Brandon Ogbunu and Wasalu Jaco
- Ice cream float department social
- Coffee and conversations: Identity and student experience
- Panel on Creative and social outlets for community building
- Special seminar on voting
- Community seminar with first-generation graduate students
- Seminar with Darcy Gordon: Building inclusivity in higher education
- Panel and discussion with visual artists working at the intersection of science and art
- Interactive workshop on spoken word poetry with Lupe Fiasco
- Showcase with exhibits and performances to celebrate artists in the MIT Biology Community