We condemn organized racism in all institutions, including academia. We condemn the racism of white supremacy either casually expressed by the individual or collectively organized. We condemn the bigotry of xenophobia – the anti-immigrant hatred and fear that is pervasive and condoned by portions of the federal government at this time.
This statement requires us to do intentional work in our little part of the world, in our corner of science and research, to break down the old ways of academia and create a safe place for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color to thrive, learn and research. As Angela Y. Davis said, “In a racist society it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist.”
We are working together to generate tangible steps that we can take as an organization.
Please send us your ideas for short-term and long-term activities that will enable us to practice anti-racism and create an equitable research and learning environment to NSF-Simons-QBio@northwestern.edu .
Statement from the NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology Leadership
On Wednesday, June 10, 2020, in support of #strike4blacklives #shutdownSTEM and #shutdownacademia the NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology (CQuB) will suspend all official meetings and encourage all CQuB members (students, postdocs, faculty, and staff) to focus on caring for themselves and their communities and/or educating themselves on the issues of institutional and systemic racism.
Outreach to Underserved Youth
Science Club was developed in close collaboration between the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago, teachers from Chicago Public Schools, and Northwestern University. The program aims to promote engagement in the sciences and to close the science achievement gap for underserved youth in Chicago. CQuB is working closely with Science In Society to develop new learning modules to be used at the Science Club sites.
Diversity and Inclusion
Center program leadership and faculty recognize that the scientific leadership of tomorrow is strengthened by diversity and inclusion in the training of today’s students.
Northwestern University and AccessibleNU is committed to providing a supportive and challenging environment for all undergraduate, graduate, professional school, and continuing studies students with disabilities who attend the University.
The Graduate School Office of Diversity and Inclusion https://www.tgs.northwestern.edu/diversity/index.html
A diverse student population is a key element of the educational experience of students in The Graduate School (TGS). Diversity presents itself in many different forms such as: socioeconomic status, race or ethnicity, religion, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, nationality or place of origin, disability, unique work or life experience, etc. It is the goal of TGS to cultivate an environment that values diverse backgrounds, approaches, and perspectives—all essential ingredients for true academic excellence.