Dean's Message - April 29, 2019
Dear Sackler Community,
As you know, it is one of our mission to increase diversity and inclusion of our graduate school. We do this not because it is the “right” thing to do but because diversity of experience, culture and background increases the quality and innovation of our science. Towards this goal, we did more outreach and follow up, presenting at meetings and colleges with high diversity and followed up leads there with personal notes. We had discussions with our admissions directors on best practices to recruit candidates from underrepresented groups (URG) to apply to us and accept our offers. For fellowships, we added diversity as an equal criterion for assessment along with grades and research experience. I’m pleased to report that this year, we recruited 7 out of 21 (33%) URG students for the 2019 incoming class. This is a remarkable improvement over past years. This provides us with a diverse nucleus upon which to build a welcoming and inclusive environment here and we will provide new programming and events that celebrate our growing diversity.
Daniel Jay, Dean