A Committment to Diversity in the Biological Sciences

The BSD Office of Diversity and Inclusion was created to define and accelerate the role of diversity in research, education in medicine and the biological sciences, and the University of Chicago community. By creating a culture of diversity and inclusion, we can better serve our students, faculty, staff, and patients. To learn more about this initiative, read a message from Dean Kenneth S. Polonsky, MD »

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion Welcomes Tobias Spears as new Associate Director

Tobias Spears has joined the BSD Office of Diversity & Inclusion as our Associate Director for Diversity Initiatives. He has worked in diversity and inclusion for over four years at Bowling Green State University, and prior to that, he spent seven years at Georgia Tech within their Department of Housing. Most recently, he served as Director of the LGBTQ Student Life Office here at the University of Chicago.

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Resource Groups Launched

The Biological Sciences Division, Pritzker School of Medicine, and University of Chicago Medical Center are jointly launching a process to establish new Resource Groups (RGs).  

Resources groups may be formed and led by faculty, staff, residents, and students.  Groups exist to connect members of the BSD and UCMC with each other, advance our strategic objectives and establish mutually beneficial relationships between members of the RG, students and trainees, and the communities that we serve. Resource groups are an excellent resource to foster awareness, respect and inclusion by connecting like-minded people.  Click here to learn more about how to apply to create a resource group.

Professional Development Opportunities

NCFDD Institutional Membership

Institutional membership with the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity provides an external mentoring community designed to help graduate students, post-docs, and junior and senior faculty members increase their research and writing productivity and improve work-life balance. For more information on becoming an institutional member, click here or visit the NCFDD's website.