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Biological Sciences Leadership Denounces Acts of Violence


Dear School of Biological Sciences community members,

We continue to grieve, mourn and condemn acts of hatred and racial violence, including the recent tragedy that took the lives of innocent children in Uvalde, Texas. The shooting in Buffalo, NY, on May 14, 2022, targeted members of the Black community and took the lives of 10 innocent people and wounded others.

All too recently we have condemned similarly senseless killings, including Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Daunte Wright, Adam Toledo and others.

In a separate tragedy, a gunman attacked the Taiwanese Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, California, resulting in one dead person and several injured. This incident reminds us that hate and violence continue in our Asian, Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. We therefore restate our continued stand with members of the Black, Latin­­x and AAPI communities.

In the wake of such violent tragedies, the School of Biological Sciences recognizes a dire need for increased empathy and compassion to undermine hatred and bigotry. We are committed to collaborating with campus and community partners on the development and delivery of empathy and compassion-focused research and education and hope that this foundational work may further bolster existing and new efforts related to equity, diversity and inclusion.

We support all students, staff, postdoctoral scholars and faculty who are impacted by these terrible events. Several resources are available for anyone in our community who may need them (see the university’s statement and resources available).

We continue to ask everyone in the School of Biological Sciences to join us as we confront all forms of racism and xenophobia. Together, we have the power to fight such hatred and ignorance. Equity, diversity and inclusion remain a top priority and we continue to support and expand our efforts. For a list of EDI resources, including implicit bias learning courses, anti-racism resources and links to multicultural centers on campus, please visit our EDI resources page. Here, you can also see how Biological Sciences funding is supporting EDI in the School of Biological Sciences, UC San Diego and our larger community.


Kit Pogliano
Dean, School of Biological Sciences
Richard C. Atkinson Endowed Chair
Professor of Molecular Biology
UC San Diego

Gentry Patrick
Professor of Neurobiology
Director of the Center for Empathy and Social Justice in Human Health
Sanford Institute for Empathy and Compassion
School of Biological Sciences
UC San Diego

James Nieh
Associate Dean, School of Biological Sciences
Faculty Equity Advisor, School of Biological Sciences
Professor, Section of Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution
School of Biological Sciences
UC San Diego

Andrew Chisholm
Associate Dean, School of Biological Sciences
Professor, Neurobiology and Cell and Developmental Biology
Professor, Section of Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution
School of Biological Sciences
UC San Diego

Katherine Emmett
Assistant Dean, School of Biological Sciences
UC San Diego



Message from the Director of the Center for Empathy and Social Justice in Human Health


Gentry Patrick, Director of the Center for Empathy and Social Justice in Human Health

Gentry Patrick, Director of the Center for Empathy and Social Justice in Human Health

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 School 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...

Continue reading Dr. Patrick's vision and goals for diversity in the division.



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