Diversity and Inclusion
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 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 2018) 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.
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 healthcare, 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. My 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. 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.
Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences