Graduate Recruitment Initiative Team (GRIT)

The Graduate Recruitment Initiative Team (GRIT) at UVA exists to enhance diversity and inclusion across the graduate programs within the Biomedical Sciences Program at the School of Medicine, the Department of Biology in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.Β Students and faculty will work together to achieve this goal through increasing efforts to improve the recruitment and retention of students with disabilities, women, underrepresented minorities (URMs), and LGBTQ+ students in doctoral programs at the University of Virginia.

Examples of GRIT Events

  • Annual GRIT Day – fall semester
  • Recruiting events – spring semester
    • Dialogues on Diversity and Inclusion (BIMS, BME)
  • GRIT meetings with students and faculty to discuss ways to increase inclusion in seminars, search committees, admissions, etc.

How To Get Involved

We are always excited to have new members, so please reach out to us if you are interested in being a part of GRIT. Feel free to email any council members or our organization email to learn more about how to get involved – we look forward to working with engaged students and faculty this upcoming year!


GRIT on Twitter

Students from marginalized backgrounds are underrepresented in science and engineering departments at UVA, help us discuss changing that this Friday! #DiversityandInclusion

Student-led diversity, inclusion, equity, & anti-racist (#DIEAR) work isn't about creating advantages.

In fact,

Doing #DIEAR work requires sacrifice to achieve what everyone else already has.

@UCGRIT @UVA_GRIT @grit_unc #phdchat @AcademicChatter @TweeterAcademic

Make space for scientists from minority groups to share their experiences

Universities and departments, let’s stop acting like we’re doing Black people a favor by hiring them as faculty or admitting them as students. Let’s instead focus on dismantling racism and biased policies and creating an environment where everyone truly has equal opportunities.

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