Diversity Statement

The Gettysburg College Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program recognizes and appreciates that diversity strengthens our community and field.

We are committed to creating and sustaining an inclusive environment that welcomes, supports, and respects all of its members, from all backgrounds and experiences. Each and every member is critical to developing a community that values the diversity of experiences including but not limited to race, religion, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, disability, and place of origin. Our members work to connect with and support each member of our community and expect all others to do the same in developing and sustaining an environment that is free from harassment, exploitation, intimidation, and discrimination.

As biochemists and molecular biologists, we have a unique responsibility to use our knowledge, perspectives, and power to build a more equitable, inclusive, and just society. We recognize the ways in which biochemistry and molecular biology as a field has been used to shape and perpetuate biases and practices that are harmful and problematic, and that we must be active in rectifying these issues. We commit to working to ensure an anti-racist future for the program and community. We will work to dismantle the racist, sexist, and otherwise unjust systems within the field in order to develop inclusive, equitable practices. As we do this, we commit to doing so uniformly, transparently, and with the needs of all our members at the forefront. Each member of our community is expected to uphold these values and work towards creating a more inclusive and equitable environment for all our members in the future.

Modified from the Gettysburg College Biology and Chemistry Departments.