Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center

Diversity and inclusion

Diversity of people and thought is a part of Synberc's fabric and a key to our research success. The ambitious aims of synthetic biology can only be realized by a research community that is as diverse as the communities it endeavors to benefit. So, it is the responsibility of every member of SynBERC to consider and advance practices that best promote diversity and inclusion.

SynBERC faculty and staff have forged strong alliances with community and campus partners to develop a diverse research program at all levels. These partnerships broaden participation, bring engineering excellence into various cultural, institutional, and individual contexts, and provide for the discovery and nurturing of talent wherever it may be found.

Representative partnerships:

  • Abraham Lincoln High School, San Francisco – An urban public school that offers a two-year biotech academy. ALHS serves a high percentage of financially and socially disadvantaged youth.
  • Biotech Partners – A Berkeley-based non-profit that prepares underserved youth for career-track jobs in biotech and green technologies.
  • Saturday Engineering Enrichment and Discovery Academy, MIT (SEED) – A science enrichment program serving underrepresented and financially disadvantaged students in Boston, Cambridge, and Lawrence Public Schools in MA.
  • Industry Initiatives for Science and Math Education – A professional development organization focusing on teachers who work in inner city schools that enroll underserved students.
  • CalTeach Program, UC Berkeley - helps UC Berkeley’s best and brightest math and science students advance their knowledge while teaching them how to make a social impact through teaching in disadvantaged schools.

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