The UW Bioengineering Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Committee

The UW Bioengineering JEDI committee is coordinating with other committees to develop mechanisms to increase our department’s level of expertise on anti-racism and inclusive teaching and mentoring, to provide similar expertise to our trainees through curricular changes and workshops, to redesign our hiring, admissions, retention, and support processes to remove structural as well as individual biases, and to engage in transparent communication with the Bioengineering community that includes opportunities for feedback.

Missions and objectives for 2020-2021

  1. Improve transparency in the planning, assessment, and communication of JEDI committee with the rest of the UW Bioengineering community including updated website and regular summaries of committee activities and plans.
  2. Identify and provide ongoing mechanisms for feedback and expectations for departmental responses. This includes fostering a community where members feel comfortable and empowered to report problematic behavior.
  3. Identify and adapt workshops and training for students, faculty, and other trainees and mentors, including cultural competency around racism/sexism/religion/gender/sexual orientation/ability, interrupting microaggressions, working in/creating diverse teams, inclusive teaching, and inclusive hiring and retention.
  4. Identify mechanisms to ensure faculty, staff and students take workshops and trainings.
  5. Ensure (virtual and physical) inclusive and accessible environment.
  6. Work to foster a diverse faculty within Bioengineering. Involve student feedback in the faculty hiring process.
  7. Further improve the graduate student recruitment outreach and visit weekend.
  8. Make the undergraduate research opportunities more inclusive (facilitate finding labs, funding, summer lab access).
  9. Build community (BioInspire/BioEmpower, include international students, make grad student activities more inclusive).
  10. Develop an International Student Committee.