Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Dowen Lab is committed to providing a safe, inclusive, and supportive environment. We welcome individuals from all backgrounds and groups, including those under-represented in higher education and the scientific community. This commitment to diversity and inclusion allows us to:

  • Stimulate creativity and innovation in our academic endeavors
  • Value multiple ways of thinking and individual styles
  • Celebrate our differences and use them to strengthen our science
  • Ensure individuals feel supported and invested in the lab mission
  • Foster leadership and mentoring that lifts up others




Dowen Lab Activities

  • Jill does “Stress First Aid Training, January 2022.
  • Jill does “Preventing Harassment and Discrimination” training from EVERFI, May 2021.
  • Audra completes “Managing Bias” training by EVERFI, April 2021.
  • Alex is a speaker at the Rosalind Franklin Society meeting “Labs, Leaders, Critical Connections!” session on “How and When to Add Voices”, December 2020.
  • Natalie is an organizer for the Inclusivity and Anti-Racism Book Club as part of the Department of Biology’s Diversity and Inclusivity Initiatives
  • Alex is founder of Black in Genetics (BIG) movement
  • Jill’s Faculty mentoring workshop sponsored by UNC Office of Graduate Education & IMSD
  • Jill’s “Understanding Differences” workshop
  • Alex’s appointment to IMSD professional development committee
  • Alex’s mentorship of a Chancellor’s Science Scholar undergraduate student
  • Megan’s Yale Ciencia Initiative Fellowship appointment
  • Annual lab meeting on diversity, inclusion, equity, power dynamics and ethical research practices
  • Lab participation in NC DNA Day