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Our stance on diversity, equity, and inclusion is grounded in three core values: innovation, collaboration, and translation.

  • Diversity drives innovation. Each person brings their unique talents and abilities, cultivated by their lived experience, to the process of solving engineering challenges.  Because our particular field of engineering innovation focuses on medicine, representation is especially critical to support the health needs of North Carolinians and worldwide populations.
  • Finding health solutions for all communities requires that diverse viewpoints join in collaboration. We strive to promote an environment where each person feels valued for being their authentic self. Accordingly, we expect each person in our department to take personal responsibility in fostering an inclusive climate that generates connectedness and nurtures a sense of belonging.
  • It is only through this foundation that translation of ideas and discoveries from the department into the community can occur, and that knowledge of medical needs and concerns can flow from the community to inform research within the department.

DIVERSITY SUBCOMMITTEES

We acknowledge that systematic barriers have limited access to participation in biomedical sciences for potential innovators and for those who could benefit from medical innovation. Dismantling these intangible systems and establishing equity in science and engineering will be a great feat. We will rise to this challenge. Undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral trainees, faculty and staff, are committed to translate our words into action through education, research and outreach.  Our efforts are organized through our diversity committee with three distinct subcommittees:

Ensuring an Equitable and Inclusive Environment Everyday
The Departmental Policies Subcommittee will work with BME leadership to create, review, revise, and implement departmental policies to ensure that the diversity of our students and personnel is recognized and encouraged in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering.
Broadening Access for Potential Innovators and Innovation Recipients

The Pipeline Subcommittee is committed to strengthening diversity in biomedical engineering across all levels by enhancing the recruitment of students, trainees, and faculty. This will be accomplished through actively engaging and empowering individuals from diverse backgrounds to pursue and remain in the field. Collaborations with local K-12 schools, community colleges, and minority-serving universities will be vital for achieving this mission.

*Check our BME UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH GUIDE, introducing research to undergraduates from all backgrounds

Holding Ourselves Accountable
The Evaluation Subcommittee’s role is to assess the department’s progress on diversity and provide evidence for the impact of initiatives implemented by the Departmental Policies and Pipeline subcommittees. Departmental surveys and census data will be compiled into an annual report summarizing the current standing and climate of the department. This will demonstrate our progress on diversity issues and uncover areas that need further development.

* Interested in becoming a member of a BME Diversity Committee? Sign up here.


FUTURE LEGACY OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

Together, we will reach our benchmark of having a department that is reflective of the North Carolina population of 27-33% underrepresented groups. We will accomplish this goal by harnessing the rich resources of both universities, seeking active partnerships with neighboring institutions and industry and constructing new programs to meet the needs of underrepresented groups.

We recognize the magnitude and urgency of this moment and accept our responsibility to initiate and implement change. Diversity is not a single pathway but requires a complex strategy to build a strong department with an enduring legacy of diversity and inclusion. Together, we will secure that legacy and exceed the high expectations we set for ourselves.

We encourage you to find a BME Community that aligns with your identity here. The BME Communities are designed for our department to grow strong connections across campuses (UNC/NCSU) and across roles (student/faculty/staff) through our shared identities. These affinity groups are a support system of other individuals who understand what daily life is like for you based on your identity, and our shared interest in biomedical engineering.


DIVERSITY NEWS

BME PhD candidate Keerthi Anand wins second place at Carolina’s first-ever BeAM MakerFest

Last week BME PhD student Keerthi Anand won second place in the “Best All Around” category at UNC’s first BeAM Makerfest. A fourth year PhD student in the Gallippi Ultrasound Lab, Keerthi’s research i… Read more

BME first Coulter Seminar on the intersection of Art, Engineering and Science: Gupi Ranganathan

This week BME is hosting its first Coulter Seminar by an artist. Working in the intersection between art, science, and engineering, Gupi Ranganathan holds an MFA in painting and printmaking from the M… Read more

BME Freshman Faduma Osman: from a refugee camp to NC State

When the NC State freshman was one year old, her family left the refugee camp in Kenya where she was born and boarded a plane bound for Charlotte, N.C. Though she doesn’t remember her life before she… Read more

BME Student Aryssa Simpson Awarded a Witherspoon Graduate Fellowship

Aryssa Simpson, a first-year BME graduate student in the lab of Assistant Professor Ashley Brown, has been awarded a Witherspoon Graduate Fellowship. This year, there were 23 nominations, and only 7 g… Read more

 

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