Diversity + Inclusion
The Department of Integrative Biology engages in diversity practices which align with the University of South Florida Principles of Community.
Integrative Biology AREC Mission Statement
The Integrative Biology Department Antiracism and Equity Committee (AREC) addresses systemic racism and inequities in access to science by underserved groups in the Department of Integrative Biology.
The Integrative Biology Department Antiracism and Equity Committee addresses systemic racism and inequities in access to science by underserved groups in the Department of Integrative Biology. We assert that the most innovative biology is done when barriers to participation by underserved groups are removed.
AREC provides an avenue for giving voice to underserved populations and eliminating barriers for access to science by all. AREC shall, on an annual basis, assess the degree to which IB students, staff and faculty reflect the population of Florida and the US. Based on this information, AREC shall advocate for mechanisms to improve representation/retention of underserved populations at all levels (graduate and undergraduate students, staff, faculty).
AREC will also advocate for mechanisms to improve representation of underserved populations in our curricula, including the teaching of historic disenfranchisement and harm in our field by the dominant group to underserved populations. Further, AREC will identify training opportunities and other resources for faculty, students, and staff to address systemic racism and inequity.
AREC will be composed of at least three members of the Regular Faculty (representing multiple USF campuses), two graduate students, and a staff representative appointed by the Department Chairperson, and could grow to include other populations as needed.
The AREC chair will be appointed by the members of the committee. Members will serve three-year terms. AREC will provide reports to the Department Chairperson and the faculty.
"I Belong: USF Week" is a celebration that aims to educate students about resources on campus, engage in community building, and cultivate a sense of belonging among students, faculty and staff from all backgrounds. It's a grass-roots effort organized by members of the College of Arts and Sciences. View the Event Webpage for scheduled activities and additional details.
The IB Anti-Racism Book Club meets every other week to discuss readings in Antiracism, and how the ideas from the reading can inform anti-racist policy.
Contact Dr. KT Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
|Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Conference and Events Page
|Institute for the Study of Latin America and the Caribbean: Events Page
|Institute on Black Life: Events Page
|Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies: Events Page
Resources for inclusive teaching & RESEARCH
|CITL: Inclusive Teaching & Learning Resources
|Student Accessibility Services: Resources and Training Opportunities
|Office of the Provost: Faculty Research Addressing Anti-Black Racism