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 cbevense@uab.edu

Ashley Davis ashleydav@uab.edu

Laura Fraser lfraser@uab.edu

Sasanka Ramanadham sramvem@uab.edu

Constanza Cortes Rodriguez cjcortes@uab.edu

Anna Thalacker-Mercer athalack@uab.edu

Bradley Yoder byoder@uab.edu