In the Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Department, we are taking strides to ensure that all students, employees, and faculty can achieve their highest potential within a supportive and friendly community. To meet these goals, we employ, a multi-pronged approach to addressing diversity, equity, & inclusion issues. The BMB Inclusion, Diversity, & Equity Action (IDEA) Committee is comprised of undergraduates, graduates, departmental employees, instructors, and faculty committed to identifying and addressing disparities in our department.

BMB IDEA Committee Mission Statement

The mission of the BMB IDEA Committee is to identify barriers to departmental inclusion and to collaboratively implement solutions. We aim to educate ourselves and our community on salient issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion with special emphasis on those topics that impact STEM communities. Acknowledging the historic gaps in access that traditionally marginalized people have experienced within the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology fields is the first step toward building meaningful cultural change.

Our Approach


listening sessions, surveys, and statistics

Social Events

parties, afternoon tea, and an annual retreat


helping our local communities


workshops, seminars, and events


for scholarships and program development


connecting people to resources and skills

Who We Are

Steering committee picture
  • John Albo
  • Hallie Febvre
  • Brian Kalet*
  • Paul Laybourn*
  • Jacob Leavitt
  • Erin Nishimura*
  • Hunter Ogg
  • Emma Reust
  • Oscar Rodriguez-Perez
  • Corey Rosenberg
  • Grant Schauer*
  • Ester Sitorus
  • Laurie Stargell*
  • Kayla Stewart
  • Amelia Stocking
  • Humberto Vazquez-Esparza
  • Seré Williams
  • Bree Wenk*

*members of the Steering Committee

* Applications open every August & September. All are welcome to apply. For more information, please contact Erin Nishimura.

Upcoming BMB Events



  • The Biochemistry of Community Culture
    • A tour of the BMB Departments Efforts to Assess and Nurture Inclusion
    • March 1, 2023 4pm – 5pm Chemistry A101
  • Safe Zone – Intro to Gender Inclusive Language & Pronouns Workshop
    • Monday April 3, 2023  MRB 312 10:00 am
  • Conflict Resolution Skills for Graduate Students – TBD
  • Puppy Day – TBD

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