Diversity and Inclusion

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

Graduate Student Demographics

Demographics showing 69% of the student in the Graduate School are from the United States, 31% are international, and 21% are underrepresented minorities
Demographics image showing 30% of U.S. graduate school student are underrepresented minorities, including 0.6% American Indian, 8.3% African American, 20.5% Hispanic, and 0.6% Pacific Islander

Student Profiles

Aarin Jones

“UTSW has a history of important scientific achievements as well as a large and diverse array of faculty in many fields of study.”

Aarin Jones

Genetics, Development and Disease Graduate Program

Tae H. Kim

“I choose to come to UT Southwestern not only because I wanted to go to a top-tier medical school, but also top-tier graduate program. UTSW is one of precious few programs in the country that supports students to combine their passion for molecular biophysics and medicine.”

Tae Kim

Molecular Biophysics Graduate Program

Dagimhiwat Legesse

“I think the biophysics program at UT Southwestern has a rigorous and challenging curriculum while consistently providing exceptional support for graduate students.”

Dagimhiwat Legesse

Molecular Biophysics Graduate Program

Carlos Paz

“The people here are friendly and helpful, there is ample opportunity to give back to underserved communities, and the cost of living in Dallas makes it so one doesn’t have to eat noodles every day.”

Carlos Paz

Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Program

Matthew Mendoza

“Attending UTSW was a no-brainer for me. The research community, science, medicine, and tradition of academic excellence made my choice fairly easy.”

Matthew Mendoza

Neuroscience Graduate Program


Diversity Student Organizations

Postdoctoral Program focused on Diversity Postdoctoral Fellows

A white female researcher and a Black male researcher look at a slide

The PROVIDES Program is the Provost’s Initiative for Diverse Emerging Scholars. Our mission is to help increase diversity within the postdoctoral community at UT Southwestern and to support the successful transition of postdoctoral fellows into independent faculty positions.

This program is for graduating Ph.D. students who plan to pursue an academic faculty position.

Read about the PROVIDES Program launch to improve mentoring, recruitment, and scholarship.



A Message from the Diversity and Inclusion Deans 

Nancy Street, Ph.D.
Nancy Street, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion
Arnaldo Diaz Vazquez, Ph.D.
Arnaldo Diaz Vazquez, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

The promotion of diversity in graduate education is a key facet of the UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences’ strategic plan. Through collaboration with the Student Diversity and Inclusion office, 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 20 years.

While only eight underrepresented minority students were enrolled in the Ph.D. programs within the Division of Basic Science in 1996, we currently (Fall 2020) have over 100 diversity students and postdoctoral scholars enrolled in our programs. From 2008-2019, our incoming U.S. graduate school class had an average of 27% minority graduate students.

UT Southwestern works to foster an inclusive environment that recognizes the contributions and supports the advancement of all, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation (including gender identity and expression), gender identity or disability, and veteran status because an inclusive environment can advance scientific knowledge related to disease, enhance the quality of health care, improve hospital/community relations, and positively affect the health status of society. This priority is reflected in UT Southwestern’s various activities and initiatives.

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

If you believe you have been subjected to discrimination, sexual harassment, or retaliation, we encourage you to immediately report your concern to the Office of Institutional Equity & Access.

Report Discrimination

Additional campus wide programs, events, initiatives and resources can be found through the UT Southwestern’s Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion.

Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion