CDIB: Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion in Biomedical Research (CDIB2)

Commitment to

Diversity and

Inclusion in

Biomedical Research and Education

CDIB - Committed to cultivating an inclusive environment that fully represents many cultures and backgrounds.

Equality is a core principle in CDIB. We encourage, celebrate and promote diversity and inclusion at all levels. We believe that only through diversity, equity and inclusion will we achieve excellence. Our mission is for all departmental members to feel valued, appreciated, and heard. We strive to prevent any discrimination that is based on ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability status or any other feature that makes us unique. Fostering a safe environment will create a harmonious workspace where we can thrive and promote intellectual curiosity, creativity, innovation and success.  

To fulfill this mission, the CDIB Diversity Committee will (1) develop a mechanism whereby CDIB faculty, staff and trainees can report instances of discrimination they experience first-hand or by observation, (2) assist parties in negotiating actionable recourse as necessary, (3) provide literature, training and counseling resources on our website, and (4) remain current by monitoring societal trends that could impact the wellbeing of our members and act within our power to address them. A list of ‘safe’ faculty/staff will be identified with whom an incident can be discussed without fear of recrimination, and will include all members of the committee listed below.

Committee Members

Carmel McNicholas-Bevensee, Chair

Ashley Davis

Laura Fraser

Sasanka Ramanadham

Constanza Cortes Rodriguez

Anna Thalacker-Mercer

Bradley Yoder

CDIB Diversity Educational Seminar Series

Educational topics in Diversity presented by visiting scholars and campus faculty.
Seminar Director:
Carmel McNicholas-Bevensee, Ph.D.
Series Administrator:
Megan Rollins

Upcoming Seminars
  • Wed Feb 24, 2021, 12pm
    Suzanne Barbour, Ph.D.
    Dean, The Graduate School, Professor, Dept of Biochemistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Title: Recruitment and Retention of Underrepresented Graduate Students
    Part of our 2021 Diversity Seminar Series

    More about the Speaker

    Other Educational Resources


    Part 1: Awareness @ UAB

    Part 2: Cultural Awareness Building Blocks

    Part 3: Safe Zone Training

    Part 3: Safe Zone Training

    Part 4: Unconscious Bias

    Part 5: Bystander Intervention

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    UAB Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resources

    Books for Futher Reading

    • "How To Be An Antiracist" by Ibram Kendi
    • "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," by Rebecca Skloot
    • "Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption," by Bryan Stevenson
    • "Medical Apartheid: The Dark History Of Medical Experimentation On Black Americans From Colonial Times To The Present," by Harriet A. Washington
    • "White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism," Robin DiAngelo
    • "So You Want to Talk About Race" by Ijeoma Oluo
    • "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration In The Age of Colorblindness" by Michelle Alexander
    • "Why are all the black kids sitting together in the cafeteria? And other conversations about race" by Beverly Tatum


    • 13th
    • When They See Us
    • Just Mercy
    • Crash
    • The Hate You Give

    UAB - The Common Thread

    Find yourself in everyone

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    The difference between being "not racist" and antiracist

    There is no such thing as being "not racist," says author and historian Ibram X. Kendi. In this vital conversation, he defines the transformative concept of antiracism to help us more clearly recognize, take responsibility for and reject prejudices in our public policies, workplaces and personal beliefs. Learn how you can actively use this awareness to uproot injustice and inequality in the world -- and replace it with love. (This virtual interview, hosted by TED's current affairs curator Whitney Pennington Rodgers and speaker development curator Cloe Shasha, was recorded June 9, 2020.)

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    21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge

    About the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge
    For 21 days, do one action to further your understanding of power, privilege, supremacy, oppression, and equity

    Plan includes suggestions for readings, podcasts, videos, observations, and ways to form and deepen community connections. 

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    Too many senior white academics still resist recognizing racism

    Written By Dr. Namandjé Bumpus - As a Black woman who is the chair of a university science department, people have questioned my right to exist at every stage.

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    Power to Heal

    POWER TO HEAL tells a poignant chapter in the historic struggle to secure equal and adequate access to healthcare for all Americans. Central to the story is the tale of how a new national program, Medicare, was used to mount a dramatic, coordinated effort that desegregated thousands of hospitals across the country practically overnight.

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    Fair Play Simulation


    Fair Play provides players with the opportunity to take the perspective of Jamal Davis, a Black graduate student on his way to becoming a renowned professor. In this game, players experience racial bias during interactions with other characters, as well as in the virtual environment. As Jamal, the road to success involves navigating the academic world; as a Black student, bias can steer you off of a successful path. Winning in Fair Play involves learning when and how to name biases. While many will succeed in Fair Play, the true winners are those that learn the reality of bias.

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    The Creator of VeggieTales gives a no-nonsense history of race in American in 17 minutes

    Phil Vischer explains the history of race in America and why Black Americans continue to face injustice today.

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    The link between health and racism

    Learn about the detrimental (and even deadly) impact racism has on our minds and bodies — and what society can do to heal and support the wellbeing of all.

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