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 »

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.

Diversity Research and Small Grants Program

Application Deadline: November 1  

The Diversity Research and Small Grants Program offers BSD faculty, staff and hospital employees up to $1,000 in funding for trainees (graduate students, postdocs, and house staff) and assistant professors who wish to engage in basic, clinical, and translational health disparities research and present their work nationally and internationally.
Click here for more information and to access the online application. 

Diversity Leadership Awards (DLA)

The Diversity Leadership Awards (DLA) seek to recognize University faculty, staff, and alumni members who display leadership in fostering diversity both on campus and within the surrounding community.  Any University of Chicago/University of Chicago Medical Center staff or faculty member and an alumna/us of The College, Divisions, or Professional Schools may be nominated. The Diversity Leadership Council encourages nominations from any member of the University community as well as self-nominations.  

Nominations must be received no later than Monday, November 14, 2016.

Click here to view previous recipients, eligibility requirements, and a link to the online nomination form.  Please direct questions or comments to Jamia Jowers at: jjowers@uchicago.edu.

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.