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Message from the Director of Mentorship and Diversity

In Chancellor Pradeep Khosla’s Strategic Plan for UC San Diego, Diversity is listed as a top priority. The Plan cites as a goal;

Cultivating a diverse and inclusive university community that encourages respectful open dialogue, and challenges itself to take bold actions that will ensure learning is accessible and affordable for all.

In alignment with Chancellor Khosla and his vision for UC San Diego, the Division of Biological Sciences considers Diversity as paramount to our success. It is a culture that creates a foundation of respect and provides for vision and innovation within our Division. We believe that diversity and academic excellence are not divergent, but rather greatly depend on each other. The research taking place at UC San Diego in the life sciences and across STEM profoundly impacts the future of the Division, UC San Diego, our community, and beyond. As envisioned in UC San Diego’s Strategic Plan, we consider it critical to support communications, programs, and resources to build a COMMUNITY of INCLUSION and RESPECT that will drive innovation and excellence in academia and research. Through our collective efforts, the Division is leading the way by example on the UC San Diego campus. We are pleased to offer various resources of empowerment by way of programs, initiatives, and people who are in place to help our community learn, teach, research, and engage with one another at the highest level.

I encourage you to stay involved with our efforts and contact our diversity committee representatives with your ideas and insights.

Dr. Gentry Patrick
Director of Mentorship and Diversity Division of Biological Sciences, UC San Diego
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Plan of Action

The Director of Mentorship and Diversity and the Division of Biological Sciences will strive to achieve the following list of goals, which are critical to the success of our mission;

Increase Awareness in the Division and on campus of our current and future efforts towards improving mentorship and diversity, both on and off the UC San Diego campus.

Provide Input to the Division Diversity Committee, chairs, and Deans related to increasing diversity of our faculty and students.

Pursue Funding and collaborate relationships and communication in the areas of mentorship and diversity both on campus and off.

Bridge the Community by recruiting faculty and students to engage in outreach and provide opportunities within the local community.

Increase Mentorship to all current students including students from diverse and underserved backgrounds.