Committee of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (CDEI)

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels and the Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (CDEI) is reponsible for taking meaningful steps to create an environment free of all discrimination. CDEI has outlined its strategic action plan (SAP) which outlines the committee’s goals, separated into short- and long-term objectives. The SAP and details therein can be found in the SAP page accessed through the menu.
The CDEI is chaired by Prof. Gabriel Ménard, the department’s Diversity Officer. Members from every group of stakeholders in our department is included in CDEI, including faculty members, graduate students, undergraduate students, postdocs, and staff. All policy recommendations will be proposed by the CDEI and discussed and voted on by the entire faculty.
The CDEI is also committed to openness, transparency, and dialogue with respect to all topics related to DEI. Quarterly townhall meetings will be held with the entire departmental community in order to hear from its stakeholders and develop new policies.
Undergraduates: Dimagi Kottage, Melinna Nguyen, Junru Su
Graduates: Phoebe Hertler, Ziyue Zhu, Istvan (Steve) Szabo
Staff: Heather Gardner, Olivia Hwang
Faculty: Gabriel Menard (CDEI Chair), Mattanjah de Vries, Javier Read de Alaniz, Quyen Nguyen, Brandon Greene, Bryanna Sylvester