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Mission Statement

The Student Diversity Committee is dedicated to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion across the Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology. We recognize that supporting access, opportunity, and meaningful representation of diverse identities and life experiences in our community are critical to the success of all students, researchers, and faculty. Our mission is to develop and implement new initiatives that foster a fair environment built on respect and inclusivity, and to facilitate an open dialogue about issues related to diversity and multiculturalism, including but not limited to: race and ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age, dis/ability, religion, and family structures.

Who We Are

The Student Diversity Committee includes students, post-docs, and faculty who are committed to advancing the core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in our department. Current members of the committee are:

Cassiana Batista da RochaCassiana Batista da Rocha, Graduate Student Tariq BhattiTariq Bhatti, Graduate Student Gia CarignanGia Carignan, Graduate Student
Hye Kyu ChoiHye Kyu Choi, Post-Doc Ryan CrichtonRyan Crichton, Graduate Student PlaceholderMelisa Dogan, Undergraduate Student
Joselyn DzieminskiJoselyn Dzieminski, Graduate Student  Diana GrajedaDiana Grajeda, Graduate Student Alexander HidalgoAlexander Hidalgo, Graduate Student
Sewwandi KuruppuSewwandi Kuruppu, Graduate Student
Aiswarya MadathilAiswarya Madathil, Graduate Student
Abass RahimAbass Rahim, Undergraduate Student

PlaceholderArnob Rashid, Undergraduate Student

Kate WaldieKate Waldie, Faculty Advisor  


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Our Current Initiatives

Diversity in Chemistry Seminars: A mini-symposium will be held once per semester, with the goals of these seminars being (1) to invite chemists from diverse backgrounds to our department, (2) to create a forum for our students to interact with diverse role models, and (3) to support open discussions on inclusion, individual experiences, and self-identity in STEM.

Anonymous feedback or concerns about the climate in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology may be submitted through the CCB Anonymous Feedback Form.


Resources and Incident Reporting

Equity Advisors at Rutgers New Brunswick

Rutgers New Brunswick Office of the Ombudsperon for Students

Rutgers Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance

Rutgers New Brunswick Division of Student Affairs Bias Incident Reporting

Rutgers Internet Police Reporting System