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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

EEB has a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee* and a variety of programs that seek to enhance diversity and equity and build an inclusive community, not only in our own department, but in society in general. Our philosophy is that the fields of ecology and evolutionary biology are enhanced when practitioners represent the full range of human experiences. We also feel that addressing present inequities is the responsibility of all academic fields. For this reason we have a series of formal activities that seek to build an inclusive climate where all members can do their best work and to redress the historical inequalities present in our society. Recent activities have included the following:  

  • A department-wide Town Hall Meeting (January 2016) to discuss DEI issues
  • A change to the faculty hiring process in the department
  • A department climate reporting dropbox
  • A department-wide workshop on mediating skills (winter 2017)
  • The creation of a rainbow colored "You Are Welcome Here" logo that can be found throughout the department on office and lab doors, our website, and more.

*EEB Diversity Committee: Jo Kurdziel, committee chair, Liliana Cortés Ortiz, Nyeema Harris, John Vandermeer, Teal Harrison, Amanda Meier, Beatriz Otero, Elizabeth Walker


Diversifying EEB

The Frontiers Master's Program is designed to attract a diverse student body interested in research within the fields of ecology and evolutionary biology. Read more about the program>>

  • Diversify EEB:
    Professors Gina Baucom and Meghan Duffy have set in motion a rapidly growing list of female and/or underrepresented minority researchers in ecology and evolution to help balance the numbers of speakers at scientific seminars and symposia. Follow on Twitter @DiversifyEEB
  • Diversify EEB grads:
    A companion site for graduate students
  • Sustainable Food Systems Initiative:
    Professors John Vandermeer, Catherine Badgley, Mark Hunter, and Gina Baucom are active members of this initiative, which seeks to incorporate diversity issues to  food studies (food sovereignty, food deserts, urban agriculture, international relations). The recent course “Food Literacy for All” is taught by both a U-M professor and food activist from Detroit and is broadcast to the U-M Detroit Center.
  • M-STEM Academy:
    The mission is to increase, strengthen and diversify the number of U-M undergraduates pursuing baccalaureate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
  • Ecological Society of America's Black Ecology section:
    Professor Nyeema Harris and recent alumni Senay Yitbarek and Jasmine Crumsey were founding members of this new section.

Community outreach

Michigan ZoomIN: Professor Nyeema Harris developed a citizen science project that reaches underserved communities of students to get them involved in her wildlife research. Read more and watch a video>>