inclusive MCB

iMCB

We are all model organisms.



Mission and goals.

Mission & Goals

Mission:

An initiative to promote an academically enriching and supportive climate that allows all graduate students of our community to become influential, inspiring future scientists.

Goals:
  • Introduce new students to the diversity and inclusion resources.
  • Create and train teams of faculty and students committed to creating a safe, supportive, and inclusive space.
  • Support advancement of first-year students.
  • Open iMCB to all departments via iMCB(+).


Interested in Getting Involved?

Interested in Getting Involved?

Mike Eisen Faculty Sponsor
Mike Eisen
Professor of Genetics, Genomics & Development
Become a Faculty Sponsor
  • Mentor a first-year graduate student. Sponsors check in with their students at least twice during their first semester. Additional meetings beyond the first semester are encouraged but not required.
  • Participate in at least one workshop activity during the pre-orientation.
  • Serve as a positive role model: be accepting, supportive, and encouraging of your mentee during their transition into graduate school.
Eva Nicols Graduate Student Liason
Eva Nicols
Saijo Lab
Immunology & Pathogenesis
Serve as a Graduate Student Liason (GSL)
  • Open to third-year and beyond graduate students from MCB, Biophysics, Computational Biology, Integrative Biology, Helen Wills and Comparative Biochemistry.
  • Lead at least two of the MCB 200AB weekly study sections of your choice.
    • Throughout the first semester, iMCB will host weekly study sessions to help students master course material.
    • GSLs are expected to attend the course lectures when they teach.
  • Mentor new students through their first year and beyond during the exciting and challenging times in graduate school, like choosing a lab, departmental or divisional retreats, and the qualifying exam season.
  • To reward GSLs for their time and efforts, the Dean's office will grant each participant a $500 stipend per semester.
Adam Perez Postdoc Liason
Adam Perez
Thorner Lab
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Structural Biology
Be a Postdoc Liason
  • Lead at least two of the MCB 200AB weekly study sections of your choice.
    • Throughout the first semester, iMCB will host weekly study sessions to help students master course material.
    • PLs are expected to attend the course lectures when they teach.
  • Participate in at least one workshop activity during pre-orientation.
  • Gain teaching experience and build community here at UC Berkeley!
Iswar Hariharan iMCB Ally
Iswar Hariharan
Professor of Cell & Developmental Biology
Don't have that much time on your hands?
Consider becoming an iMCB Ally!
  • Open to anyone in the Berkeley community.
  • Volunteer and/or participate in as many or as few workshops and activities as you wish.
  • Build community among faculty, postdocs, and students across departments. Celebrate diversity and inclusion across campus!


Lisa Eshun Wilson
For more information or to get involved contact:
Lisa Eshun-Wilson
iMCB Program Co-Founder & Co-Director
Nogales Lab
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Structural Biology
David Weisblat
David Weisblat
iMCB Program Co-Director
Professor of Cell & Developmental Biology
Susan Marqusee
Susan Marqusee
iMCB Program Co-Founder
Director of QB3
Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics & Structural Biology


Interested in Getting Involved?

Program Details

iMCB Summer Workshop Series


Friday, August 17, 2018 | Life Sciences Addition, UC Berkeley
  • Morning Session | 10am – Noon | 177 LSA
  • Affirmation and Empowerment Workshop 1: Maximizing Your Success in Graduate School
  • Hosted by Alliance for Diversity in Science and Engineering (ADSE)

  • We will probe what success means in graduate school, embrace the breadth of diversity of our career goals, and plan how we can support each other throughout the evolution of graduate school. This workshop will also discuss prioritizing mental health, achieving an effective work-life balance, addressing financial and family pressures, and other issues graduate students face.

  • Lunch Break: Noon – 12:45pm

  • Afternoon Session | 1pm – 4:30pm
    • 1pm – 2pm (Rm 101 LSA): Keynote Speaker Diana Bautista (UCB)
    • 2pm – 2:15pm (Rm 177 LSA): Coffee Break Coffee and light refreshments
    • 2:15pm – 3:15pm (Rm 177 LSA): Student Panel Overcoming Stereotype Threat and Unconcious Bias – The Student Perspective
    • 3:30pm – 4:30pm (Rm 101 LSA): Landmark Speaker Shawn Douglas (UCSF)


Saturday, August 18, 2018 | Team-building Activity, Downtown Oakland
  • Dynamicland | 1pm – 4pm
  • An engaging, inclusive computational medium accessible to all people with diverse backgrounds and learning styles


Sunday, August 19, 2018 | Day Off
  • Relax, Rest, Recoup.

Monday, August 20, 2018 | Life Sciences Addition, UC Berkeley
  • Morning Session | 10am – Noon | 177 LSA
  • Affirmation and Empowerment Workshop 2: Power and Privledge at Play in Academia and the Art of Creating an Inclusive Environment
  • Hosted by ImprovScience

  • We will address how negative stereotypes, low expectations and systemic bias feed into the under-performance of Underrepresented Minority (URM) students in a non-competitive, safe and inclusive space.

  • iMCB will proudly serve as the first initiative of its kind within our department to create a space to critically discuss these issues and provide concrete exercises to help students overcome feelings of uncertainty, isolation, and fear.

  • Lunch Break: Noon – 12:45pm

  • Afternoon Session | 1pm – 4:30pm
    • 1pm – 2pm (Rm 101 LSA): Keynote Speaker Susan Marqusee (UCB)
    • 2pm – 2:15pm (Rm 177 LSA): Coffee Break Coffee and light refreshments
    • 2:30pm – 3:30pm (Rm 101 LSA): Landmark Speaker Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton (UCB)


Part 2: Academic Mentoring & Professional Development Opportunities


  • MCB 200AB Course
  • MCB 200AB is a required introductory course for first-year MCB students and does not currently have Graduate Student Instructors. iMCB GSLs and PLs will co-host weekly study sections to ensure first-year students are mastering the material. Mentors will also meet one-on-one with their mentees at least once per semester to provide a safe space for students to practice articulating their scientific projects.
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Acknowledgements

Program Acknowledgments

A special thank you to the following for their valuable support, ideas, and feedback in making this program a reality:
  • Mike Eisen, Rebecca Heald, Susan Marqusee, Eva Nogales, David Weisblat, Matt Welch

Another special thank you to the following for providing funding sources and administrative support:
  • Monica Albe, Michael Botchan, David Drubin, Mark Jenkinson, Audrey Knowlton, Nipam Patel, Tanya Sullivan, Ann Trapaga