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Getting Involved

There are a number of ways in which faculty, staff, students, and alumni can participate in creating a more inclusive and diverse School of Biological Sciences. Consider the positive impact you can make by contributing your time, skills, and/or resources to one of the following engagement opportunities.

Do you have a new idea for an engagement opportunity or initiative that isn’t included here or suggestions to improve the areas below? Please fill out the EDI Ideas Form.



We encourage School faculty, staff, post-docs, alumni, and students to provide guidance and insight to others by becoming a mentor. Mentors are frequently needed on campus and out in the San Diego community. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, whether it be for UC San Diego affiliated students or staff or local students in the San Diego community, please fill out the EDI Ideas Form.

Mentorship Opportunities


Community Outreach

Are you a faculty member, staff, or student who is interested in participating in community based outreach programming on behalf of the School? Are you a community member who is interested in interacting with researchers, faculty, staff, or students from the School of Biological Sciences? Let us know your ideas by filling out the EDI Ideas Form.

Outreach Opportunities

If you are interested in participating in community outreach activities, including lab tours, classroom visits, speaking engagements, etc., please fill out the EDI Ideas form.

UCSD-National City Restorative Education About Plants

The UCSD-National City Restorative Education About Plants (REAP) is a community gardening program that addresses food insecurity in National City, San Diego and promotes scientific engagement. Please contact Sahana Kuthyar ( for more information.



The School is seeking faculty, staff, and students who are interested in promoting inclusive excellence through the recruitment of diverse students, staff, and faculty. Recruitment efforts include, but are not limited to, participating on hiring committees and undergraduate and graduate student selection committees, representing the School at national and regional diversity-related sciences conferences, and participating in programmatic student research partnerships with HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) and HSI (Hispanic Serving Institutions) campuses.

Recruitment Opportunities


EDI Committee

The EDI Committee is comprised of faculty representatives from each section, staff representatives, and graduate and undergraduate student representatives. It is the School's central point for all diversity and inclusion related matters pertaining to students, faculty, and staff. More information about the EDI Committee can be found on the EDI Committee page.



STARTneuro trains and mentors diverse transfer students as they enter neuroscience research beginning with a 10-week summer research training program and provides ongoing mentorship and workshops to prepare students for PhD programs. Please contact Brenda Bloodgood at or Ashley Juavinett at for more information.


Research Opportunity and Orientation for Transfer Students (ROOTS) is a new NSF-supported initiative by the School of Biological Sciences to help incoming transfer students achieve significant research experience at UC San Diego through building basic research skills, meeting UC San Diego faculty and obtaining positions as undergraduate researchers upon entrance to UC San Diego. For more information, please email the program at


If you are interested in providing an internship opportunity, in either your campus laboratory or local company, for undergraduate students, community college students, or students from the local San Diego community, please fill out the EDI Ideas form.

Charitable Giving

Charitable Giving

For information about how your charitable gift can positively impact diversity and inclusion related efforts in the School of Biological Sciences, please contact our development staff in the dean's office to learn about additional giving opportunities.

EDI Ideas Form

Interested in getting involved, have a new idea, or want to tell us about your existing project for improving equity, diversity and inclusion in the School?

Please fill out the EDI Ideas form