The overarching goals of the Department of Human Genetics Associate Chair for Climate (ACC) position are to improve diversity, equity and inclusion across the multiple dimensions of the departmental community and to cultivate a supportive climate that bolsters creativity, collaboration, productivity and personal satisfaction. Currently, the ACC works with 3 committees that work toward achieving these goals:
The Faculty Climate and Wellness Committee and Trainee Climate and Wellness Committee are comprised of faculty and trainees/learners, respectively, who represent a broad range of positions and voices in the department. These committees are focused on assessing the current culture and climate of the DHG, identifying key areas for improvement, developing ideas for addressing issues and bolstering the current climate, and implementing these ideas.
The Diversity and Outreach Committee is comprised of faculty who are committed to improving equity, inclusion and diversity within the DHG community. The goals of this committee are (1) to develop and implement programs aimed at increasing diversity within the DHG and (2) to ensure that all members of the department are fully supported and help them achieve their career goals.
The current ACC is JoAnn Sekiguchi, Ph.D. ([email protected]). Please contact her if you would like additional information about DEI in the Department of Human Genetics.