Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
I am a Graduate Scholar in the Biosciences Collaborative for Research Engagement (BioCoRE), an interdepartmental NIH Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) program. This group seeks to provide a community for biosciences Ph.D. students with diverse backgrounds to thrive in graduate school through professional development resources and discussions about diversity in science. Members of this group have organized events surrounding racial and ethnic diversity, socioeconomic diversity, and other groups, and my participation in these activities has greatly enriched my graduate school experience. Through my participation in this program, I have met peers from diverse backgrounds and learned about other student groups and initiatives at Duke which provide similar resources. I look forward to supporting diverse and inclusive practices in STEM throughout my career.
In addition, I was awarded the 2019 Dr. Lois E. Frazier merit scholarship from the Business and Professional Women of the Triangle, based in part on my commitment to supporting and advocating for women and other underrepresented groups throughout my career. I was also selected to attend the 2020 ReclaimingSTEM workshop, through which I will network and learn strategies to use science communication and policy to advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusion in STEM.
Finally, I have advocated for equity, diversity, and inclusion as a student representative and a member of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee in my department during graduate school. Please see the "Graduate Student Issues" page for more information.