A Letter from the Deans

Dr. Mark Anderson
Dean of the Division of the Biological Sciences, 
Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs,
and Dean of the Pritzker School of Medicine.

Dr. Iris Romero
Executive Vice Dean of the Biological Sciences Division
Professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

"Embody Equity: We identify systemic issues then foster change to drive a more equitable environment inclusive of diverse people, ideas, and fields of science."

To our BSD and UChicago Community,

The above quote comes from our new unified mission, vision, and values (MVV), which went live this past year. We begin with this value because it highlights our divisional commitment to equity, and because it represents something more personal: Our pledge to lead a division that continually strives to be a home to diverse scholars, learners, and staff invested in responsively elevating the human experience. The BSD Office of Diversity & Inclusion (ODI) is charged with advancing our commitment to equity, inclusion, and belonging within the division.

This 2024 Impact Report is themed, “The Building Blocks of Inclusive & Equitable Science and Medicine.” This report features a detailed look at the innovative work ODI engages in to support faculty, residents and fellows, postdoctoral scholars, and divisional staff. While we hope you walk away with insights about the office’s initiatives and programs, we also hope you see the connections between diversity, equity, and inclusion and robust research and discovery. The study of science and the practice of medicine are enhanced when members of the division can insert their full selves into the work that they do each day.

As leaders, the modeling of our mission, vision, and values starts with us. Embodying Equity calls us to remain steadfast in working toward a culture that acknowledges social ills while working to create a more just division. This 2024 ODI Impact Report is one way we wish to demonstrate that commitment.

Dr. Mark Anderson & Dr. Iris Romero

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