Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Biology

The Colorado State University Biology Department is working towards creating an inclusive and equitable environment, advocating for those who have been historically excluded from higher education.  Our department understands that an inclusive academic environment enhances the success of everyone, and we aim to build a culture of belonging and engagement by providing the resources and knowledge necessary for the success and support of all staff, students, and faculty.

In the Department

Seminar Series: Recognizing and Addressing Oppression in Science

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Despite policies, programs, and the research of social scientists aimed at decreasing the disparity in educational equity for marginalized students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, the lack of enrollment and retention to degree in postsecondary education is well documented. What is often overlooked or misunderstood is the effect of the oppressive history of science on the present culture and subsequently the lack of individuals with marginalized identities. This course is for those in the science community who are interested in going deeper to examine the root causes of the oppressive systems that operate covertly and sometimes explicitly in our science communities and research today. We will use a critical feminist lens and when appropriate, a decolonial framework to look back at the course of science and the harm it has caused to marginalized communities in order to have a better eye for the ways science perpetuates current harm.

This course will act as a space for social justice learning, building support for diversity and inclusion, and building community within the Biology Department graduate community. Furthermore, the broader aim of this course is to enact change relating to issues of diversity and inclusion within the college and biology department.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Library

To check out a book, please email Brandon (Brandon.Hylton@colostazte.edu) with your name and lab group. He will put it in your mailbox in the front office. Return books to the Garrity Lab Mailbox.

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Biology Department Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee


Q&A with Boettcher Scholar and International Science and Engineering Fair participant Marissa Martinez

Marissa Martinez, a first-year biology student at CSU, recipient of the renowned Boettcher Scholarship and proud Hispanic student, arrived at CSU in the fall of 2023, bringing with her a wealth of cultural and scientific knowledge.

Recognizing and addressing oppression in the sciences

Last year three biology graduate students co-developed a course in the hopes of creating a learning environment unlike any other- delving into the often-overlooked, oppressive history of science.

First generation Navajo student builds pathway to mathematics success

Mathematics is about the diverse journeys and pathways to get to a solution. Irv Bahe’s unique story proves that the same holds true for mathematicians.

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Standing in Solidarity

The Biology Department joins Colorado State University in its stance on the current national crises and stands in solidarity with all those impacted by these national tragedies.