Diversity and Inclusion

Nancy Street, Ph.D.
Nancy Street, Ph.D.

A Message from
Nancy Street, Ph.D.,
Associate Dean,
Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences 

The UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is firmly committed to the recruitment and retention of a diverse student and postdoctoral scholar population. We believe that advanced biomedical research and academic scholarship are enriched when informed by a diverse population composed of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars with different perspectives, backgrounds, cultural experiences, thoughts, and ideas. Our programs are dedicated to training young scientists from diverse backgrounds and with different life experiences for successful careers in the biomedical sciences.

“Our programs are dedicated to training young scientists from diverse backgrounds for successful careers in the biomedical sciences.”

The promotion of diversity in graduate education is a key facet of the UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences’ strategic plan. Through an extensive year-round recruitment program, we have achieved a substantial increase in the number of diversity applicants and matriculants into the Division of Basic Science Graduate Program in the past 18 years.

While only eight underrepresented minority students were enrolled in the Ph.D. programs within the Division of Basic Science in 1996, we currently (spring 2016) have over 80 diversity students and postdoctoral scholars enrolled in our programs. For the last five years, diversity graduate students have made up 23 percent of our incoming class of U.S. students.

We welcome applications from prospective students and postdoctoral scholars of all genders, races, color, religion, age, physical and mental abilities, veteran status, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, and national or ethnic origin.

We are committed to maintaining a supportive community in which diversity students are mentored in their intellectual pursuits and professional goals. My office provides academic support, advising, assistance in preparing fellowships, participation in diversity organizations and events, and opportunities for attendance at national diversity conferences, as well as leading the development of a climate where all students and postdoctoral scholars feel supported and can succeed. I encourage prospective applicants, current graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars to contact me to learn more about the resources and mentoring that are available.

Our commitment to maintaining a diverse student population is central to the UT Southwestern mission of scientific discovery. 

Nancy Street, Ph.D.
Associate Dean
Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences