Mission statement 

The Dept. Biochemistry values diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. We believe that a multicultural community produces the most innovative science. We appreciate the range of scientific research within the biochemistry umbrella and embrace a broad range of ideas on how best to pursue our research in the interest of human health.

Our priorities:

  • Recruitment. Because diversity drives excellence, we are committed to to improving faculty diversity in our department. We ascribe to the Faculty Hiring Checklist (https://www.bumc.bu.edu/busm/faculty-hiring-checklist/). In addition, our departmental faculty search committees will include a DEI advocate.  The committee members will receive training on elimination of bias from faculty searches. and participate in university-wide efforts to improve faculty diversity, including the Faculty Development and Diversity Program (https://www.bumc.bu.edu/facdev-medicine/).  We prioritize diversity and inclusion activities as criteria for faculty hiring and promotion.
  • Retention. We participate in BU Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine Early Career Faculty Development Program (https://www.bumc.bu.edu/facdev-medicine/all-bumc/ecfdp/). We maintain a faculty mentorship and development program. We encourage students to participate in the activities of the Graduate Medical Sciences Community Catalyst Center (https://www.bumc.bu.edu/gms/students/c3center/).
  • Communications. We interface with office of the Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion (https://www.bumc.bu.edu/busm/about/diversity/) to promote diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging for all department members.
  • Measurements. We participate in BU efforts to track and report metrics on diversity and utilize research tools to measure and report diversity demographics (https://www.bu.edu/diversity/initiatives-data/data-dashboard/). These efforts include the BU Belonging and Culture Survey (https://www.bu.edu/belonging-culture-survey/).

We take professional conduct seriously.
Incidents of racism, sexism and other unprofessional conduct can be reported to BUSMDean@bu.edu, to the BU Ombuds, or to EthicsPoint. We follow the Appropriate Treatment in Graduate Education guidelines.

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