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Our lab is strongly committed to fostering a safe and inclusive work environment for all, regardless of race, sexual orientation, gender, gender identification, age, religion, nationality, social-economic status, political affiliations, or physical ability.  We value people and viewpoints from diverse backgrounds and pledge to recruit and support individuals that share our commitment to diversity and inclusion.  We welcome and stand with individuals from groups that are under-represented in higher education and in the academic research community.  We know that a diverse research community fosters creativity and promotes academic excellence.  We acknowledge that creating this environment is a dynamic process and we are dedicated to creating and adopting actionable practices that promote diversity, equity, and inclusivity in the lab.

Sammy Katta’s poster art can be accessed here and please pledge to support diversity, equity, and inclusion in your lab!


Dowen Lab Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity Initiatives:

Rob, Faculty mentoring workshop sponsored by the UNC Office of Graduate Education

Rob, DEI Certificate Program: Unconscious Bias Workshop sponsored by the UNC School of Medicine Office of Inclusive Excellence

Mercy, One Act Training sponsored by the Office of Student Wellness.

Mercy, Racial Microaggression Training.



UNC Biology Department Diversity and Inclusion Statement

UNC School of Medicine DEI Resources

UNC Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD)

UNC Anti-Racism Resources

STEM Pride of the Triangle

Equity Reading List