Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Below is a summary of what we are doing to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in our community. Get to know talented researchers: Follow and amplify #BlackinMicrobiome on Twitter.

Our values

In September 2020, we hosted a microbiome community circle to reflect and discuss how to embody our community's values as we build out the BCMM. The values that emerged are illustrated in the word cloud (right).


Ongoing efforts to support our community

Antiracist book club series

In 2020-2021, we invited members to join us to discuss a text confronting racism and the experiences of being BIPOC in America. All sessions occurred over zoom and was led by Patricia Sanchez, a graduate student in the Ethnic Studies program at San Francisco State University. These informed discussions on racism provided us with the opportunity to learn, discuss and become active participants in our efforts to combat racism in our community.

Recognize unconscious bias in the peer review process

Unconscious bias is known to impact the peer review process. In our instructions to reviewers for Microbiome Research Program, we asked reviewers to acknowledge that intrinsic or unconscious biases exist and may impact their assessment of particular people or projects. We therefore asked reviewers to be mindful of UCSF PRIDE values to honor diversity, inclusion, and equity and make every effort to maintain the highest level of fairness, consistency, and transparency in their review and decision-making processes.

Commitment to transparency

We believe that full transparency is essential to establish trust with all members of our community. As we establish policies for various BCMM activities, we will make them available on our BCMM website.

Amplify other DEI groups and events

When we learn of other antiracist or DEI-focused groups and events, we amplify their distribution via our Events page or social media (@ucsfmicrobiome). We hear about many events through the UCSF's Office of Diversity and Outreach 'Matter' Is the Minimum newsletter.

We will frequently amplify the activities from ImmunoDiverse, a community-led initiative sponsored by UCSF ImmunoX.

Bring more voices to the table

To amplify the voices of our trainees and give microbiome trainees an opportunity to serve in a leadership position, we created a new BCMM Ambassador role. The Ambassadors participates in BCMM Executive Committee meetings, chairs a trainee subcommittee, and serves as a liaison between the BCMM trainee community and the Executive Committee. Meet our Ambassadors.

Past and future BCMM events

View past community and DEI-focused events that we have hosted or amplified.

DEI Resources

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