The Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics (MBG) strives to cultivate a welcoming and inclusive environment and to build a diverse and supportive community.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts are supported by students, faculty, and staff of MBG.
Prof. Cedric Feschotte is the MBG LDI (Departmental Leader for Diversity and Inclusion), who supports DEI efforts and ensures that DEI are considered in all aspects of MBG’s academic mission. The LDI is appointed by the Chair and represents the department to the CALS (College of Agriculture and Life Sciences) Office of Diversity of Inclusion.
MBG DEI Committee
The MBG DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion) Committee represents the formal departmental efforts to take actions and develop mechanisms to promote diversity and create an environment where everyone feels like they belong and thrive. The LDI leads this committee, which consists of faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students. Members of the DEI Committee welcome your input and are available for discussion about DEI anytime.
MBG+ Diversity Council
The MBG+ Diversity Council is a student organization and represents a grass root effort led by graduate students from the Graduate Fields of BMCB (Biochemistry, Molecular, and Cell Biology), GGD (Genetics, Genomics, and Development), and Biophysics - the three Fields administered in the Department of MBG. Its mission is to promote, enhance and expand the diversity of the MBG community and, in doing so, create an inclusive environment for all. All students, postdocs, staff and faculty in MBG and associate Fields are welcome to join. This organization is a registered student organization of Cornell University.
MBG Peer Support Network
The MBG Peer Support Network is served by volunteers who are available for confidential discussion of any concerns and issues related to the working environment.
Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program
The Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program (MBG-REU), titled “Molecular Biology and Genetics of Cell Signaling”, is an NSF-funded, ten-week summer program with a strong focus on diversity.
MBG DEI Working Groups
DEI in MBG Committee has 3 working groups. Anyone in MBG can join a working group.
Trainee Mentoring and Retention
Lead by: Brooks Crickard, Krista Angileri, Jawuanna McAllister
Lead by: Mariana Wolfner and Kara Zieliinski
Faculty Recruitment, Mentoring, and Retention
Lead by: Sylvia Lee and Brian Aguilera