Columbia University in the City of New York

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commitment to Action

Creating a more inclusive environment via structural changes

Photoreceptors that respond to light in the retina (Credit: Sarah Heath / Behnia lab / Columbia’s Zuckerman Institute)

Our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion commitment outlines mission-critical goals, supported by specific actions, designed to promote diversity and inclusion and combat systemic racism and inequality at the Institute and beyond. The Institute commits to demonstrable progress toward all of these goals within the 2020-2021 academic year.

Create a sustainable structure to advance DEI at the Institute
We will hire a senior administrative officer to lead a team dedicated to creating a more diverse, inclusive and equitable scientific organization. 

Create a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion at the Institute 
We commit to creating a Core Curriculum for DEI at the Institute with required and elective classes, workshops and training. 

Build a diverse scientific pipeline across all levels 
The Institute commits to creating or enhancing programs that target Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) across training and career stages, to generate a diverse community of future STEM leaders and innovators. 

Promote, develop, and celebrate underrepresented colleagues 
The Institute commits to promote and celebrate BIPOC and other underrepresented colleagues at the Institute and beyond.  

Reshape organizational structures to support equity and drive inclusion
The Institute commits to lasting structural changes in governance, policies and representation to enhance and drive individual-level and community-level changes. 

Partner with the local community 
The Institute celebrates its location in Harlem by seeking public engagement and partnerships with local groups.  

Share the Institute’s progress toward making the organization more equitable and inclusive 
The Institute seeks to create accountability toward DEI goals by transparently communicating the goals and the progress toward them. 

Catalyze systemic change in the academy
The Institute will leverage its position to promote anti-racist changes throughout academia and society. 

Download our commitment here.

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