The NUIN Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) committee has been active in increasing diversity and promoting an environment of equity and inclusion across racial, ethnic, socio-economic, sexual, gender, disability and religious identities for over 20 years. The current committee includes representation from NUIN student, faculty, staff and postdoctoral fellows.
- As a result of extensive feedback from faculty and students regarding advancement to candidacy (qualifying exam), the qualifying exam was modified to a more individualized experience.
- The curriculum committee approved the creation of two new courses: "NUIN Graduate Foundations" (a required course for all first-year students focused on adjusting to graduate school) and "Finding Your Voice as a Scientist," a second-year course for preparatory training on science communication.
- Staff from the Office of Human Resources created a tailored unconscious bias discussion for admissions committee members, and the committee adopted the use of a holistic rubric system for application review.
- The DEI committee expanded its membership, divided into working groups and defined a series of goals.