Molecular Medicine Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement
The Department of Molecular Medicine values the importance of fostering a collaborative environment to enable scientists to innovate and flourish. We believe that science can reach its full potential only by the combined efforts of talented individuals that bring diverse experiences, expertise, and viewpoints. Despite our differences, we are all driven by the pursuit of scientific discovery and collegiality, providing an inclusive environment for training the next generation of scientific leaders.
We are committed to nurturing scientists regardless of their background, identity, or status. We embrace, value, and seek a diversity of ideas and perspectives and are committed to being open-minded and fair to faculty, staff, postdocs, and students.
We are proud of the diversity of individuals and expertise that make up our department. Our trainees, faculty, and staff come from different countries and social backgrounds. We actively continue to strive for a diverse and welcoming departmental culture that recognizes and respects individual differences.
Initiatives to uphold diversity, equity, and inclusion
- We participate in programs that provide opportunities to undergraduate students who may have limited access to research experiences - REU, GRASSHOPR, and STEP-UP.
- We encourage attendance of diversity-focused programs including Cornell’s Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Programs and CVM’s Many Voices, One College.
- We coordinate efforts with graduate fields (BBS, BMCB, GGD, Biophysics, Microbiology, and Chemistry and Chemical Biology) and the Center for Vertebrate Genomics to recruit and retain a diverse graduate student population, promote student-organized panel discussions, and invite speakers from diverse backgrounds to share their research and unique experiences,
- We established a DEI committee of graduate students, faculty, and staff to discuss and update policies about DEI, and to plan outreach and inclusive social events.
Resources at Cornell University and CVM
Cornell and CVM DEI resources:
- Belonging at Cornell framework for fostering diversity
- “Let’s Talk” drop-in sessions; individual and group counseling; 24/7 phone consultation; links to 24/7 hotlines/text lines; resources if you have concern for others
- Resources for all members of the campus community; links to 24/7 hotlines/text lines; how to help others
Cornell Police: (607) 255-1111
- CUPD can always point you to proper resources if you are concerned or in an emergency; RAVE guardian app; crime alert and bias incident reporting
- Provides information about college-level support
- Well-being Program Director Kate Buckley (firstname.lastname@example.org), S2-016
- CVM Student Services: (607) 253-3700
Links to Faculty Advisors, Peer Mentors, Disability Services
- DVM Academic Support Program/Learning Consultants: Coaching on effective learning strategies, improving time management skills, career planning, and approaches to maintaining physical and mental health
Cornell Land Acknowledgment:
Cornell University is located on the traditional homelands of the Gayogo̱ hó:nǫɁ (the Cayuga Nation). The Gayogo̱ hó:nǫɁ are members of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, an alliance of six sovereign Nations with a historic and contemporary presence on this land. The Confederacy precedes the establishment of Cornell University, New York state, and the United States of America. We acknowledge the painful history of Gayogo̱ hó:nǫɁ dispossession, and honor the ongoing connection of Gayogo̱ hó:nǫɁ people, past and present, to these lands and waters.