Department of Chemistry

Diversity

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At the Department of Chemistry, we feel strongly that diversity is crucial to our pursuit of academic excellence, and we are deeply committed to creating a diverse and inclusive community.

We support UNC's policy, which states that "the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is committed to equality of opportunity and pledges that it will not practice or permit discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression."

 

Commitment

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has a long-held tradition of striving for excellence. A critical element for any twenty-first century educational institution is a diverse and inclusive community.

The vision of the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs is to build and sustain an inclusive campus community and to foster a welcoming climate that values and respects all members of the University community. The mission of the Office affirms the University's commitment to diversity as a critical element of academic excellence.

 

Inclusion

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The University of North Carolina has excellent opportunities for postdoctoral researchers from underrepresented groups interested in faculty positions.

The Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity encourages faculty diversity by recruiting outstanding scholars to perform postdoctoral research at UNC Chapel Hill, with the goal of training the next generation of faculty scholars. Chemists interested in this program are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty member whose research interests them. The application window typically opens in September.

Chemistry Women Mentorship Network

Carolina Professor Jillian Dempsey and Professor Brandi Cossairt with the University of Washington, have together launched the Chemistry Women Mentorship Network. The goal of the organization is to create a national network of women in academic chemistry to provide support, encouragement, and mentorship for young women considering careers in academia.

Chemistry Women Mentorship Network

You are cordially invited to join the network. Please share this information with anyone you feel will be interested.

 

Women in Science and Engineering

Women in Science and Engineering, WISE, was founded in 2012 by a group of six women chemists who sought to create a discussion-based organization open to all UNC students and postdocs wanting to learn more about gender equity in STEM careers. The aim of WISE is to promote thoughtful dialogue of gender issues as they relate to scientific settings.

Women in Science and Engineering

The group holds monthly meetings focused on researching, critically analyzing, and proposing actionable remedies to a particular issue related to gender in science. Some topics covered include: stereotype threat, work/family life balance, negotiations, diversity, and the career paths of inspirational women scientists. WISE also provides platforms for community outreach, in order to educate about the real-life challenges that men and women face that arise out of inequality, misconceptions or outdated standards. The overall mission of WISE is to develop the tools to articulate these challenges in an effective manner based on current and accurate research, and to take steps to create positive change.

 

DeSimone on Diversity

Chancellor's Eminent Professor Joe DeSimone was interviewed in connection with his receipt of the 2012 Walston Chubb Award for innovation. Diversity is one of the cornerstones in professor DeSimone's philosophy on how to maximize effort in the laboratory.

Joseph DeSimone

"There is no more fertile ground for innovation than a diversity of experience, and that diversity of experience arises from a difference of cultures, ethnicities, and life backgrounds. A successful scientific endeavor is one that attracts a diversity of experience, draws upon the breadth and depth of that experience, and cultivates those differences, acknowledging the creativity they spark," emphasizes DeSimone. Click below to listen to his views on diversity, innovation, and cross-disciplinary research.

 

The Importance of Diversity

The recent release of a report from the National Research Council, provides an ideal opportunity for considering what Professor Joseph DeSimone and his Project manager, Crista Farrell, have learned about the power of diversity and how their knowledge may be used in discussions of convergence as a conceptual framework for problem-solving and innovation in the 21st century.

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Their article, Driving Convergence with Human Diversity, published in Science Translational Medicine, discusses the role and power of diversity in day-to-day research practices, and how to follow the NRC report's recommendation of "adopting inclusive attitudes toward diversity and using management strategies to foster diversity."

 

NOBBChE National Meeting

Carolina Chemistry participated in the 2013 NOBCChE Annual Conference, and had a very successful booth at the Career Fair.

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NOBCChE, pronounced no-be-shay, is The National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers and was incorporated in 1975. NOBCChE's mission is to build an eminent cadre of people of color in science and technology.

 

Focus on Faculty Diversity

Karen Gil, the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, appointed Professor and Department Chair Valerie Ashby to head the College's Faculty Diversity Task Force. "Varied experiences will inform and ignite new knowledge and ideas," Dean Gil said. "We have made steady progress in hiring outstanding faculty who reflect our diverse world, but we need to do even more."

Faculty Diversity Task Force

The College has already fulfilled three Task Force recommendations: the appointment of the Director of Faculty Diversity Initiatives, the naming of a Diversity Liaison in every academic department of the College to work with the Director and the Dean’s Office, and the creation of a diversity section on the College web site that highlights news and resources concerning diversity.