In the Summer of 2020, the Fischell Department of Bioengineering established a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee, consisting of volunteer faculty, staff, graduate, and undergraduate members. The committee meets once a month to have open, candid, and challenging discussions about DEI efforts across the department as well as the field of bioengineering at large. In addition, committee sub-groups focused on key areas – such as programming, recruitment, faculty hires, and research support – meet on a regular basis and report to the full group via Slack, email, and other means to further initiatives. 

Chaired by BIOE Associate Chair of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Alisa Clyne, the committee aims to foster crucial conversations across the department and amplify the voices of underrepresented students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Copies of recent meeting minutes and agendas are available upon request. Those who are interested in serving on the committee should contact Dr. Clyne.

Current Committee Members:
  • Mari Andrews, Human Resources & Payroll Services Coordinator
  • Erica Benkert, Coordinator of Administration
  • Brain Blair, Lecturer 
  • Ashley Chapin, Ph.D. Student
  • Alisa Clyne, Associate Chair, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Ariana Joy Lacay Decastro, Ph.D. Student
  • Katharina Maisel, Assistant Professor
  • Shannon McLaughlin, Ph.D student 
  • Ambi Narula, Public Relations Specialist 
  • Abby Shantzis, Coordinator for Academic & Student Affairs
  • Alyssa Tomlinson, Assistant Director of Communications
  • Alisa White, Ph.D. Student
  • Ian White, Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies 
  • Viviana Alpizar Vargas, Ph.D. student 
  • Bardia Yousefi, Biocomputational Engineering Faculty Instructor