The Department of Chemistry at IU is committed to equal opportunity and equity. We strive to increase inclusion and participation among minoritized communities at all academic levels, as collaboration among a diverse group of people drives creativity, innovation, and research. This effort includes ensuring inclusive classrooms for our students as an essential part of our strong commitment to undergraduate education by our faculty, staff, and graduate students. Since 2013, our Diversity Affairs Committee (DAC) has initiated and supported diversity, inclusion, and equity initiatives both within the Department and the broader IU community. The DAC, which includes a graduate student representative, also serves as a key link between IU students and faculty to ensure that student concerns over Departmental climate and inclusion are both proactively addressed and revisited in regular climate surveys.
We provide broad support (financial, logistical, etc.) to individual students and their organizations (see side bar) and sponsor activities that enhance knowledge of diversity, inclusion, and equity throughout the department. Recent activities of the DAC include building renovations to enhance accessibility and provide single-occupancy (gender neutral; family accessible) restrooms. We have updated the graduate student manual to include a policy on family leave and had a lactation room for new mothers designated within the Chemistry Building. We also arranged for there to be a confidential CAPS Counselor in Residence in the Department of Chemistry. IU Chemistry is also proud to have become a partner in the new ACS Bridge Program since Fall 2019, gaining site status in Fall 2020. Please let us know if you have any comments or questions about DEI efforts in our Department.
Reporting and Feedback
Have an idea for the Diversity Affairs Committee? Contact committee chair Caroline Jarrold or graduate student representative Claire Mammoser. Want to provide anonymous feedback? Please use the Anonymous Feedback Form. Need to report an incident regarding harassment or discrimination? Please visit the IU Student Incident Reporting website or the Bias Incident reporting website.