Community & Belonging


To foster a mentorship culture for our scientific community that promotes the success of all MCDB members, MCDB has established a mentoring program that aims to connect people at every level! A broader mentorship network creates opportunities for building new skills, providing guidance and encouragement, and having open conversations and is a great way to cultivate an inclusive and supportive community in MCDB. Our program aims to provide equitable access to mentoring for all MCDB members, and strongly encourages the participation of those from historically underrepresented minority groups. We therefore welcome all MCDB members to join as mentors and/or mentees!  For questions, contact
Mentees can get advice on career development, work-life balance, applying for funding, and more.
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Mentors can build new relationships, develop leadership skills, and give back to trainees in the MCDB community. Click here to join.

Discussion Group

MCDB Equity Discussion Group aims to bring together MCDB department members of all levels to discuss books, podcasts, and other media focused on topics related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. Our goal through these conversations is to learn from each other’s perspectives and experiences, and to build trust and community among all members of MCDB. We furthermore strive to foster open and constructive dialogues, through which we can examine our biases and learn about actions we can take to make lasting changes in MCDB and beyond. A general topic and media resources will be shared at least a month prior to each meeting, allowing members the time to absorb and reflect on the material in advance. These meetings will be structured as guided discussions, led by volunteer moderators from within our community. We look forward to seeing you there!


Details about our monthly discussions are distributed through MCDB Communications. Please contact the organizers at if you need more information.” 

Diversity Groups at Yale

The Yale BBS Diversity and Inclusion Collective (YBDIC)

Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)

Out in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (OSTEM)

Women in Science at Yale (WISAY)