WISP Response to Racial Injustice & Inequality

RACIAL INJUSTICE STATEMENT

We are deeply saddened by the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, as well as the countless tragic deaths of Black people that have occurred because of racism and bias. We stand with the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement.

Like our leaders in the Dartmouth community, Undergraduate Advising and Research (UGAR) acknowledges the need to continue questioning and addressing the ways systemic racism continues to prevail within our own institution and negatively affect members of our campus community. This includes working to understand the impact racism has on the Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) community on a day-to-day basis, and the inequities inherent in systemic barriers, and the role such disparities have played in too many tragic deaths. We stand in solidarity with those advocating for racial and social justice because racism should have no place in our society.

We affirm that all discrimination, whether it is based on sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality or whether it takes any other form, profoundly affects the lives of many in our society and that such discrimination cannot be tolerated.

We all have a role to play in dismantling systemic racism and other forms of bias. As educators, we hope to bring other voices into the conversation and to provide resources for those that want to learn more about how to support the BLM movement through action.

UGAR has carefully examined internal practices for places where we can act in support of the BIPOC community. Together with the staff, educators, and other professionals with whom we work, we are committed to learning, listening, and bringing about positive change. We are committed to the following actions to begin dismantling our own biases and to better support our students and staff through WISP:

Action Items for the Women in Science Project (WISP)

  • We will encourage faculty to ensure that their interview and selection processes for the research internship program are inclusive and that implicit bias is not influencing perceptions of student competency.
  • We will partner with offices that support student diversity to increase awareness and participation in WISP programs.
  • We will seek out speakers and panelists from diverse backgrounds to better represent the range of who can be a scientist.

Action Items for Undergraduate Advising and Research (UGAR)

Action Items for the Health Professions Program (HPP)

Action Items for Fellowship Advising