Berkeley Molecular and Cell Biology

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB)

Fostering a Culture of Inclusivity and Belonging


MCB Statement on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging:

As a department, we are committed to increasing the representation of historically excluded groups among our students, scholars and staff. We believe that embracing a wide range of opinions and backgrounds is key to ensuring innovation and excellence in our science. To make this possible, we are dedicated to fostering a culture of inclusivity and belonging through concrete actions to eliminate discrimination, address disparities, and to ensuring equitable opportunities for everyone within our academic community.” ~ MCB Equity Committee 


Equity Committee Members (2023-24 Academic Year) The goals of MCB’s Equity Committee include advising departmental leadership on promoting, supporting, and strengthening a culture of inclusion and belonging in MCB. Questions? Contact Us:


Dr. Hernan Garcia (Equity Advisor)

Dr. Ellen Lumpkin

Dr. Gian Garriga

Dr. Ellen Robey

Dr. David Weisblat

Valeria King (Graduate Rep)

Dr. Andrea M. Gomez

Maria Torres Colon (Graduate Rep)

Dr. Meng-meng Fu

Dr. Mora Ogando (Postdoc Rep)

Dr. Michael P. Rape

Dr. Timothy Eisen (Postdoc Rep)

Dr. James K. Nuñez

Aubrey Green (DEIB Staff Rep)

Equity Committee Task Force Teams We created subcommittee task force teams tasked with identifying actionable and sustainable steps to enhance critical areas of development essential to strengthening a department of inclusivity and belonging for everyone. 

Community Engagement: Support community retention, development, and belonging. 

Communications: Develop and sustain best practices to keep people informed. 

Admissions: Advise and support to strengthen an equitable admissions process. 

Recruitment: Strategize and support diverse faculty and student recruitment efforts.


Activities & Organizations Our MCB community members host or participate in many activities, programs, and organizations, serving current and prospective MCB community members. Here is a sampling list of these programs for students and postdocs. 

Undergraduate Students 

Graduate Students 




Events MCB students and faculty regularly participate in or host events designed to help strengthen and sustain a culture of inclusion and belonging. Some of those events include the following: 


Resources Below, you can find additional resources relevant to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) and higher education that may support you or someone you know. 

General Resources 

Additional Activities & Organizations 

Health & Wellbeing 

Safety & Incident Reporting 


DEIB Staff Office Hours Want to say hi, learn, ask questions, or share concerns and ideas about diversity, equity, and inclusion in the MCB? If so, we encourage you to attend DEIB Office Hours, hosted by MCB’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Program Manager, Aubrey Green. These 1:1 30-minute sessions are available in person or via Zoom. 

Book an appointment here! If you need to schedule an appointment outside of the times available, contact Aubrey Green via email -


Additional Contact Information

Graduate Affairs Office Our graduate affairs office's mission is to provide excellent support to graduate students, faculty, and the University in its research, education, and public service mission. Visit their website or contact with questions.

Undergraduate Affairs Office Check out the resources for our undergraduates on our website or email with questions.


Collage of photos from iBio Conference

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