The CMB Program is committed to the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s goals regarding diversity and inclusive excellence:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW–Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals. The University of Wisconsin–Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background — people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

CMB’s Efforts to Improve Diversity and Inclusion within the Program

  • CMB strives to promote diversity in admissions. In light of the fact that standardized test scores have been shown to be significantly skewed to the disadvantage of women, students from underrepresented minority groups in STEM, and students of lower socioeconomic status, in 2018 CMB eliminated the GRE admissions requirement. In addition, CMB Admissions Committee members participate in a workshop on unconscious biases in hiring/admissions.
  • CMB tracks and reports admissions statistics
  • CMB funds attendance at annual student recruiting conferences such as the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) and the National Diversity in STEM Conference (NDiSTEM) for a combination of staff, current students, and faculty each year.
  • The CMB Program continues to partner with the NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program (formerly known as Biological Interactions) to bring highly qualified undergraduate students to conduct research for a summer and expose them to the CMB Program and the bioscience community.
  • Each fall, the CMB Program partners with WISCIENCE to offer a popular faculty mentoring workshop to new CMB faculty members. The workshop is required of continuing CMB faculty members every five years. At the workshop, faculty are encouraged to think about working with graduate students with a range of backgrounds and learning and working styles.
  • During orientation, incoming students attend a workshop titled “Social Justice and You: Understanding Your Role in Building a More Inclusive Campus.” CMB offers a follow-up workshop in the spring.
  • In 2019, CMB conducted a climate survey to assess climate among students. View the climate survey results here.
  • In addition, the UW-Madison Graduate School provides resources and opportunities such as Inclusion and Engagement events, the Bouchet Graduate Honor Society, and the SciMed GRS fellowship program, which holds events available to all students. CMB regularly nominates students for the Bouchet Graduate Honor Society and the SciMed GRS fellowship.
  • During the summer of 2020, CMB held a number of forums with CMB students with the goal of making the program more equitable and positioning the program as an actively anti-racist organization. One of the outcomes of the meetings was the creation of a new CMB Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee, which leads additional diversity efforts.
  • CMB is working on designing an anonymous reporting tool for students to report incidents of bias. The Dean of Students also has a Bias Incident Reporting tool.
  • View other diversity and inclusion resources for current students.

CMB Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee (DEIC)

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (DEIC) is a group of student and faculty representatives working to address systematic biases including but not limited to race, gender, sexuality, and disability status within the program and leverage our influence as a large and distinguished program within the Graduate School to call for broader, university-wide changes. The DEIC is working to make recruitment and admissions more equitable, enhance support systems for current students, and hold the CMB community accountable.

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DEIC Committee Members

Faculty (Assistant Professor) Admissions Representative Owen Tamplin tamplin@wisc.edu https://crb.wisc.edu/staff/tamplin-owen
Faculty (Associate Professor) Coordinating Committee Representative Colleen McDowell cmmcdowell@wisc.edu https://vision.wisc.edu/staff/mcdowell-phd-colleen/
Faculty (Professor) Orientation Representative Bill Bement wmbement@wisc.edu https://molpharm.wisc.edu/staff/bement-phd-william/
Student Representative Songeun Kim skim943@wisc.edu https://cmb.wisc.edu/staff/kim-songeun/
Student Representative Marie Keith makeith@wisc.edu https://cmb.wisc.edu/staff/keith-marie/
Student Representative Steve John svjohn@wisc.edu https://cmb.wisc.edu/staff/john-steven/