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Diversifying Science

Diversifying Science

We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in science and we need YOU doing science.

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Science + Diversity + Equity + Inclusion

= Better Science

Global scientific challenges and problems affect every single one of us, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, or birthplace. Yet again and again it has become unquestionably clear that the burdens of these challenges affect us and our communities disproportionately – with marginalized populations often facing the brunt of impacts.

As a scientific community working to address these issues, we affirm that promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion is the right thing to do. It is the just thing to do. It is the moral thing to do. And it is also the scientific thing to do.  The practice of science is significantly and meaningfully improved through diversity: diversity of thinkers, diversity of experience, diversity of background, diversity of thought.

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Coalition for Diversifying Science

The Coalition for Diversifying Science is a collaboration between the College of Science and university wide inclusion and diversity efforts and initiatives. Through partnership we work to coordinate a comprehensive program that advances the College of Science’s efforts to recruit, retain, and invest in students from populations who have been historically marginalized, under-served, and under-represented in science. 

leadership

Estrella Johnson

Assistant Dean for Inclusion and Diversity
Email: strej@vt.edu
Phone: 540-231-6073

Focus: Faculty and Department Initiatives

Jess Hoopengardner

Associate Director of Inclusion and Diversity
Email: jessh@vt.edu
Phone: 540-231-5426

Focus: Undergraduate Programming

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Photo by Natalee Waters for Virginia Tech.