Professional Climate and Diversity

The MCDB community constitutes students, laboratory personnel, faculty members, and support staff all working together to forward the teaching and research missions of the Department. Individuals at various stages of their careers and from many backgrounds must rely on each other to help achieve their highest academic and research goals. To help ensure that the departmental environment is positive for all MCDB community members, the MCDB Committee on Diversity and Professional Climate has been established.  

Mission: The MCDB Committee on Diversity and Professional Climate will help the Department develop and sustain a diverse community of scholars and staff. The Committee also will help to ensure that the Department maintains a professional work environment that encourages respectful interchange between all members regardless of background or career status.

Activities: The MCDB Committee on Diversity and Professional Climate will carry out various activities to achieve its objectives. For example, the Committee will identify departmental, university, or other resources or activities that could be applied to enhance the diversity and professional climate of MCDB. The Committee will serve as a mechanism to identify challenges caused by policies or practices that might detract from diversity or climate, and recommend changes that would benefit the MCDB community. Importantly, the Committee and its members will provide another resource for community members to rely on when challenges arise. The Committee will regularly report at departmental meetings and work in concert with the MCDB Chair to achieve its mission goals.

Committee Composition: 

To best achieve its mission, membership of the Committee includes members of the faculty (both ladder and non-ladder), as well as individuals drawn from postdoctoral and graduate student researchers, undergraduate students and staff.

2016-2017 Committee:

            Dr. Valerie Horsley (Chair, Faculty)

            Dr. Murat Acar (Faculty: West Campus)

            Dr. Nadya Dimitrova (Faculty: Science Hill)

            Dr. Maria Moreno (Lecturer)

            Ms. Margaret MacIlvain (Staff)

            Dr. Adam Waite (Postdoc)

            Mr. Adrian Mehrtash (Graduate Student)

            Ms. Diana Sharkey (Undergraduate Student)

Other resources for support:

Diversity and Inclusion at Yale

Diversity and Student Life

Sexual Harrassment

For concerns about oppressive behavior that is sexual in nature,  the options for how to get help are outlined at  

They include calling the SHARE hotline (Sexual Harassment and Assault Response Education- 203-432-2000).  SHARE will treat your call as strictly confidential.   

Title IX coordinators and members of the University-Wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct (UWC) will maintain confidentiality as much as possible, only sharing information when required by law or for safety concerns.  

Racial Discrimination

If you are experiencing oppressive behavior because of race, faculty should contact Richard Bribiescas (203-432-2049), staff should contact Deborah Stanley-McAulay (203-436-4072), and students should contact Michelle Nearon (203-436-1301).