About the Chemistry DEI Committee

Our DEI committee will look to implement evidence-based practices as they apply across all areas of department life, including hiring practices, student recruitment and retention, pedagogy, community building, community outreach, etc.

DEI sub-committees

The Chemistry DEI committee consists of faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, staff and undergraduate students serving on one of three subcommittees:

  1. Providing DEI training and accountability: implicit bias, anti-racism, sensitivity, etc…
  2. Creating DEI throughout the department: hiring faculty/staff; recruitment/retention of students; affinity groups; etc…
  3. Emphasizing DEI across the curriculum: seminar speakers; instruction/course structure; course content; accountability; etc…
Undergraduate Students gathered on main campus for a break

Mentoring Undergraduates Program

The Mentoring Undergraduates Program (MentorUP) in the Chemistry Department provides a mentorship network for incoming undergraduate students to assist them as they transition to life at NC State. MentorUp consists of small groups (e.g., 3-5 first-year undergraduate students) who meet several times over the course of a semester with graduate and upperclass undergraduate mentors. Mentors will engage with, and share resources and advice to incoming undergraduates in order to increase the retention of students in the field, especially those who belong to historically underrepresented groups in STEM, including women, first generation, and Black, Idigineous, People of Color [BIPOC]. Through mentorship meetings and events, MentorUP hopes to foster long-lasting relationships between undergraduates and graduate students, and to increase the number of students who go on to pursue careers in chemistry.