Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Departmental Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

MIC is committed to fostering a respectful, supportive and inclusive environment that allows all members of our community to thrive. There is overwhelming evidence that increasing diversity enhances creativity and innovation. To build an equitable scientific space that supports individuals of diverse physical abilities, ethnicities, nationalities, genders, sexual orientations, belief systems, and socioeconomic backgrounds, MIC is committed to:

  • Increasing the representation and retention of students, postdocs, staff, and faculty from groups that have been historically excluded or marginalized in science
  • Cultivating an inclusive climate that welcomes all individuals and uniquely promotes their success
  • Providing community members with the training and tools to actively promote a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment
  • Ensuring that scholars at all levels have role models for their training and advancement
  • Investing in and engaging with external communities that support diversity, equity, and inclusion in biomedical sciences

Current or prospective members of the MIC community are encouraged to contact the Departmental Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Strategist Sarah Ewald, PhD (se2s@virginia.edu)

Educational & Wellness Resources

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We recognize that stress negatively impacts academic and professional achievement. In addition to promoting a supportive and inclusive environment, local resources are available to facilitate the mental health and well-being of our students, staff, and faculty.

Despite our best conscious intentions, every individual has unconscious or implicit biases that can affect our interactions with others. To learn about identifying and mitigating bias consider taking a test or using the learning resources at UVa

The University of Virginia was built before the Civil War by enslaved laborers on the traditional land of the Native American Monacan people. Learning about the complicated history of discrimination in the development of the University of Virginia is an important step towards understanding how this legacy may differentially impact members of our community.

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)

Faculty and Employee Assistance Program (FAEP)

Women’s Center

Descendants of Enslaved Communities at UVA


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