Diversity at the Division of Biological Sciences

Hear Our Voices

Everyone should be heard. We invite all members of the Division of Biological Sciences community from every level and position to take a moment to share their thoughts, feelings and ideas on racial injustice and how we can confront racism and xenophobia in our society and make our community more inclusive. Click here to submit your one-minute video. As Dean Kit Pogliano and Diversity/Mentorship Director Gentry Patrick expressed in their letter to our community,
None of us have all the answers, but together we can develop creative new approaches to break this destructive cycle.


A Message regarding Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd


To All Students, Staff and Faculty,

We are living through a deeply troubling moment in history that challenges each of us to face the brutal reality that we have not yet built a truly inclusive and just society. It requires us to juxtapose our scientific curiosity, intellect, drive, and goal of making the world a healthier and better place for all, with a new and deadly pandemic and an old and tiresome tale of racism and police brutality against already marginalized members of our community.

While the recent and senseless killings of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd affect us all, we recognize that they negatively affect our Black students, staff and faculty in a significant and disproportionate way. We acknowledge the immense pain, sorrow, and mental anguish that our Black communities, especially our Black students, are experiencing right now. We acknowledge the systemic racial bias, macro and microaggressions, and social injustices experienced every day by valued members of our community.

To our Black students and others who are affected by these events, please know that we see you. We hear you. We are your allies, and we pledge to hold ourselves and this institution accountable to you and to the promise that all students deserve the right to live and learn freely in an environment that is free from bias and racial discrimination. We commit to creating spaces here in the Division of Biological Sciences where students, postdoctoral scholars, staff, and faculty can safely come together to learn, to innovate, and to discuss these issues that challenge your very existence on this campus. We promise as faculty to provide support for all students, especially those who identify as members of marginalized groups, by creating spaces to connect, to heal, and to plan the next steps of actions and advocacy for our Division and community. As the first step towards these goals, the Division of Biological Sciences will host multiple events and create a virtual space to start a dialogue for students, postdoctoral scholars, staff, and faculty. We will continue to harness the power of storytelling in our quarterly Connections gatherings, in which we come together as a community to hear personal stories of life and science to help bridge inclusivity gaps. Through these dialogues, we aim to identify opportunities for change that will improve the safety, well-being, and academic success of marginalized groups in the Division of Biological Sciences.

We recognize that we must now work together to find new ways to dismantle systemic racism. We ask each member of the Division of Biological Sciences to join us in this effort to confront racism and xenophobia, and to support the individual students, staff, and faculty who are impacted by these terrible events. We also ask each member of our community to help guide the decisive action needed to ensure that we serve all of our students, our community, and the nation. Please reach out to us here with your thoughts and ideas, and please participate in forthcoming events hosted by the campus and the Division so we can hear your individual voices.

None of us have all the answers, but together we can develop creative new approaches to break this destructive cycle.


Kit Pogliano
Dean, Division of Biological Sciences
Richard C. Atkinson Endowed Chair
Professor of Molecular Biology
UC San Diego

Gentry Patrick
Professor of Neurobiology
Director of Mentorship and Diversity
Division of Biological Sciences
UC San Diego



Message from the Director of Mentorship and Diversity


Gentry Patrick, Director of Mentorship and Diversity

Gentry Patrick, Director of Mentorship and Diversity

In Chancellor Pradeep Khosla’s Strategic Plan for UC San Diego, Diversity is listed as a top priority. The Plan cites as a goal;

Cultivating a diverse and inclusive university community that encourages respectful open dialogue, and challenges itself to take bold actions that will ensure learning is accessible and affordable for all.

In alignment with Chancellor Khosla and his vision for UC San Diego, the Division of Biological Sciences considers Diversity as paramount to our success. It is a culture that creates a foundation of respect and provides for vision and innovation within our Division. We believe that diversity and academic excellence are not divergent, but rather greatly depend on each other...

Continue reading Dr. Patrick's vision and goals for diversity in the division.



Impact

BioSci Alumna Tracy Johnson Named Dean of UCLA’s Division of Life Sciences

Tracy Johnson, a UC San Diego Division of Biological Sciences alumna and former faculty member, has been named dean of the division of life sciences in the UCLA College, effective Sept. 1.