We are committed to increasing and promoting diversity, inclusion and equity in our research and teaching activities. We are dedicated to providing a safe and supportive environment for all lab members including those from under-served and under-represented communities. We reject discrimination, bullying and harassment and value support, encouragement and respect of others. 

Lab DEI News

* Helen receives the inaugural Ut Prosim Fellowship supporting a URM Master student (2022). Read more here

* Welcome to Aqsa Fazal (Hollins College) who joins the lab for the Summer! (2022)

* Chloé receives the CALS Diversity and Inclusion award in 2021. Read more here!

* Presentation at ASBMB: "Increasing the sense of belonging by students in a department of biochemistry" (2021). Read more here

* The lab participates in the Black College Institute (2020). Read more here!

* Chloé joins the ESA DEI committee (2020)

Ressources at Virginia Tech 

* DEI in Biochemistry

* Inclusive VT

* Cultural and Community Centers

* SOAR (Student Opportunities & Achievement Resources Program)

* MAOP (​Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program)

* Black College Institute

* Future Faculty Fellow Program

Land and Labor Acknowledgment

We acknowledge that we live and work on the Tutelo / Monacan People’s homeland and we recognize their continued relationships with their lands and waterways. We further acknowledge that legislation and practices like the Morrill Act (1862) enabled the commonwealth of Virginia to finance and found Virginia Tech through the forced removal of Native Nations from their lands, both locally and in western territories.

We understand that honoring Native Peoples without explicit material commitments falls short of our institutional responsibilities. Through sustained, transparent, and meaningful engagement with the Tutelo / Monacan Peoples, and other Native Nations, we commit to changing the trajectory of Virginia Tech's history by increasing Indigenous student, staff, and faculty recruitment and retention, diversifying course offerings, and meeting the growing needs of all Virginia tribes and supporting their sovereignty.

We must also recognize that enslaved Black people generated revenue and resources used to establish Virginia Tech and were prohibited from attending until 1953. Through InclusiveVT, the institutional and individual commitment to Ut Prosim (that I may serve) in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence, we commit to advancing a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive community.