Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology is committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) across its missions of research, education, career development and service. As a core value, diversity embodies respect for one another and an appreciation of differences among people. To this end, we are mindful of all aspects of human differences, including (but not limited to) race, ethnicity, language, nationality, religion or belief in religion, disabilities, education, wealth, age, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation. Diversity embodies inclusiveness, mutual respect, and multiple perspectives.

We believe that a diversity-aware and diversity-friendly environment strengthens community and can acts as a catalyst for change within both the academic community and society at large. The department thus has a responsibility to provide opportunities and support for students, staff and faculty in an environment that encompasses all individuals and welcomes all voices. We join IU School of Medicine in its commitment to provide equal opportunities to and positive mentorship for diverse learners. Together, we strive to mitigate marked health-related disparities in Indianapolis and in the State of Indiana.

Learn more about diversity initiatives at IU School of Medicine

a student reviews data in the lab


The Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology seeks to enhance DEI across IU School of Medicine missions in research, education and service with specific attention to:

  • Representational Diversity: recruitment, advancement, retention, and vitality of trainees, faculty, staff, and leadership from all groups of people;
  • Inclusive Climate: a culture of inclusion and civility where all individuals feel included, valued, respected and supported; and
  • Cultural Competence: cultural competence—inclusive of multicultural appreciation, humility and the value of diversity—as a cornerstone of education and research in an institution dedicated to patient-centered care.

Report Mistreatment

The department does not tolerate acts of discrimination, hate or intolerance. Learners, staff or faculty members who believe that they have experienced or witnessed mistreatment are encouraged to report such acts. Several offices and resources are available to personnel who may have been mistreated.

Report mistreatment