Inclusive Diversity

MCB Graduate Program at annual retreat

The MCBGP, the Division of Biology and Medicine, and the wider Brown University community all are fully committed to fostering and maintaining an equitable and inclusive educational environment. 

Director for Inclusion and Diversity

Alison DeLong, PhD
Associate Professor

Organizations and initiatives supporting our diverse community of life scientists: 


Dr. Samuel M. Nabrit Conference for Early Career Scholars

The Dr. Samuel M. Nabrit Conference for Early Career Scholars celebrates the achievements of outstanding life scientists from historically underrepresented groups. The conference program features keynote presentations, seminars, poster presentations, and a faculty panel - all aimed at fostering professional networks and advancing the careers of graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and junior faculty from historically underrepresented groups.
Learn more

Biomed Initiative to Maximize Student Development (IMSD)

The goal of the Initiative to Maximize Student Development (IMSD) program, Advancing the Culture of PhD Learning and Scholarship in Biology and Health Science, is to double the number of URM pre-doctoral students within the Division of Biology and Medicine over the next four years. Striving to promote community, collaboration and excellence, the program develops a unique advising plan and support structure for each IMSD student throughout the training period.
Go to the IMSD site


The Brown chapter of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/as and Native Americans in Science aims to support scientists to attain advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in science. SACNAS membership is open to all undergraduate and graduate students, post-docs, and faculty of all cultural affiliations.
Go to the SACNAS@Brown site

The Leadership Alliance

The Leadership Alliance is an academic consortium of 33 institutions of higher learning, including leading research and teaching colleges and universities. The mission of the Leadership Alliance is to develop students from underrepresented groups into outstanding leaders and role models in academia, business, and the public sector.
Go to the Leadership Alliance site

Student and Employee Accessibility Services (SEAS)

Brown provides extensive support for disabled individuals through the Office of Student and Employee Accessibility Services. Extensive improvements have been made to enhance the accessibility of all major buildings across campus. Most MCB trainees work in Sidney Frank Hall for the Life Sciences and the Laboratories for Molecular Medicine, newly constructed or renovated facilities with excellent accessibility features. Handicapped-accessible transportation between these facilities (and other destinations on campus) is coordinated by SEAS, which provides a shuttle service.
Go to the SEAS site

Nabrit Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA)

Named in honor of biologist Samuel Nabrit, Brown's first African-American PhD recipient, the Nabrit Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA) works to enhance the intellectual growth, professional success, and social enjoyment of graduate students within the African Diaspora at Brown University. Membership is open to all Brown graduate students.
Go to the Nabrit BGSA site

Advancing Rhode Island Science Education (ARISE)

ARISE is an NIH-funded professional development program for high school biology teachers in Rhode Island, has provided an opportunity for MCB students to contribute to science education at a number of local schools that serve large minority populations. The program is designed to promote inquiry-based approaches in high-school classrooms.
Go to the ARISE site

Brown Center for Students of Color

The Brown Center for Students of Color, originally created in 1976, was designed to promote racial and ethnic pluralism in the Brown Community, and serves as a gathering place for communities of color.
Go to the Brown Center for Students of Color site

The Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America

The Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University is an interdisciplinary program that develops and promotes research and programs on race and ethnicity.
Go to the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity

Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM) at Brown

To empower LGBTQ folks at Brown University studying or working in STEM fields to succeed personally, academically, and professionally. We aim to achieve this mission by building a community of LGBTQ students, faculty, staff, and alumni and by developing initiatives that foster innovation, leadership, and advocacy as it relates to gender and sexual identity both within individual departments and across the university.