DEI Committee

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement & Actions

Updated 4.2.2021

Members of Binghamton University Department of Biological Sciences stand in solidarity with the Asian, Asian-American, and Pacific Islander communities and strongly denounce the acts of bias, violence and hate crimes. We are outraged by the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes which have increased by over 150% in the United States in just the past few months. While we are witnessing an increase in hate crimes against members of the Asian community in recent news cycles, the problem is not new, nor will it go away without our collective efforts. We acknowledge anti-AAPI racism exists in biology and we will work to rectify this. The Department of Biological Sciences deeply values the amazing contributions of Asian, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders and we are committed to standing with all members of our community experiencing hate, racism and xenophobia. We additionally support the numerous ways to practice effective allyship, and we include some resources below. We will listen to, and raise any concerns that our community shares with us.

Additional Resources:
Anti-Asian racism and COVID-19
Stop AAPI Hate website for reporting hate incidents and @stopaapihate on Twitter. 
Free Bystander Intervention Training
How to Be an Active Bystander When You See Casual Racism

Structural racism is antithetical to academic values and innovative science.

We, the Department of Biological Sciences at Binghamton University, whole-heartedly reject racism and will make changes to bring equality in the sciences. We recognize that our own efforts have not been sufficient and that we must identify and eliminate the biases and inequalities that deter Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and other marginalized people from contributing to biological science communities.

We have much to learn and much work to do and it will require an ongoing and sustained effort.  To create an anti-racist and anti-discriminatory environment for our students, faculty, postdoctoral associates and staff, we will establish a permanent standing departmental committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to:

  • Educate faculty, staff and research and teaching mentors with anti-racist and anti-discriminatory practices;
  • Create mechanisms for addressing concerns about racism and discrimination that will be safe, confidential, supportive, and accountable;
  • Identify staff and faculty representatives who are versed in navigating the institutional mechanisms and offices for seeking redress;
  • Amplify the voices and contributions by BIPOC and other marginalized groups in our department’s courses, discussion groups, and seminar series;
  • Collaborate with biology student organizations and University-level committees to identify needs and make effective structural changes in the Department and University;
  • Promote opportunities and resources to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion to members of the department;
  • Strengthen diversity within the department by increasing recruitment and retention efforts specifically focused on BIPOC and other marginalized groups;
  • Listen to concerns presented to us in a thoughtful manner, reflect on our role in the history of academic racism, and work to do better in the future.


Here is a link to details of our Spring action plan. This will be updated each semester.

Your input and ideas are encouraged and welcomed.

Adopted by the Department of Biological Sciences ad hoc committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, July 8, 2020

Current Members

Faculty and Staff:
Heather Fiumera (Co-Chair), Kirsten Prior (Co-Chair), Carmela Buono (Graduate Student Representative), Anne Clark, Laura Cook, Josh Demarree, Jessica Hua, Miranda Kearney, Claudia Marques, Laura Musselman, Erica Stephens, Michelle Withers
Graduate student subcommittee:
Dylan Jones, Rachel Kruger, Kyra Ricci, Christie Santoro, and Grascen Shidemantle
Undergraduate student subcommittee:
Jurnee Blackwood, Ariana Rodriguez, Ashley Shayya, Silma Subah

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