Inclusion Initiatives

In the PSD, we believe that a sense of community enhances personal, educational, and professional outcomes. See below for several of our inclusion initiatives:

Heritage Month Series

We recognize Heritage Months and celebrate the contributions of remarkable scientists who identify with that heritage in our monthly EDI Bulletin. Heritage Months have included Black Heritage, Women's History, Native American Heritage, and LatinX Heritage. Each Heritage Month features luncheons and a speaker series of relevant and inspirational sharing of the lived experience.

Monthly Spotlight Series

The PSD Monthly Spotlight helps us get to know more about the interesting and diverse individuals whose dedication, commitment, hard work, and energy keep us running. Nominate a colleague.

Peer Mentoring Program

The EDI peer mentoring program's goal is to facilitate a smooth and enriching transition to the PSD for new incoming students who identify with the following underrepresented minorities:

  • Black
  • LatinX
  • Native Americans
  • Women            
  • International students
  • First generation students
  • LGBTQ+ students

PSD OutList

An important part of building community is establishing networks of support to fit individual needs. It is in that spirit that the PSD OutList, an initiative to support LGBTQ+ members and allies within the PSD, was created. By providing more visibility for LGBTQ+ members and allies in the Division, the OutList helps create additional pathways for inclusion. Learn more and sign up to be listed on the OutList.

Discrimination and Bias Related to COVID-19

The U.S. Department of Education issued a letter to all colleges and universities across the nation addressing concerns of discrimingation and bias related to the outbreak of COVID-19. The letter cites an increase in the number of reports of stereotyping, harassment, and bullying toward those perceived to be of Chinese-American descent. During these unsettling times, it is crucial to emphasize our commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the PSD. 

Center for Identity + Inclusion 

Virtual events and support and affinity groups are available to students, faculty, and staff.

Office of Civic and Community Engagement

Partnering for impact in Chicago and beyond. Learn more about their South Side response effort here.