One of the central aims of the Biology Department is to enrich and support our community. To this end, the Biology Department has two Diversity Committees — one comprised of faculty and another of graduate students —in order to promote equity, reduce bias, embrace and increase diversity, and build respect, inclusion, and cultural competency among all members of the department. We particularly seek to support and serve those community members who are underrepresented or feel marginalized. In addition to supporting this community, we strive to promote diversity by cultivating future communities comprised of exceptional individuals from all backgrounds and identities. We believe that working toward these goals within the department strengthens that effort by building upon the intimacy, trust, and honesty fostered among a smaller community of people that know, respect, and feel safe around one another.