Commitment to Diversity

UB Department of Chemistry Diversity Mission Statement

The UB Department of Chemistry is a research- and education-centric community committed to the advancement of chemical science with the endeavor of creating an environment that is safe, welcoming, and inclusive of everyone. We have zero tolerance for discrimination and we unequivocally reject any and all forms of racism.

We foster an atmosphere where everyone is comfortable sharing ideas to grow professionally and personally, embracing and celebrating diversity, promoting equity and inclusion in a departmental community composed of undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, faculty, and staff. This is irrespective of their race, ethnicity, nationality, color, gender, gender identity, age, religion, language, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, socioeconomic status, or educational background.

We aim to be a diverse community that searches, acknowledges, and thinks deeply about understanding and working together, recognizing that diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values that enrich our chemistry community. We acknowledge that the Chemistry Department needs to significantly improve the number of underrepresented minority and female faculty, which are included as guiding principles in our departmental decisions, policies, and mission. Recognizing these principles, we are constantly working on new strategies to diversify our student body, faculty and staff to allow us to grow with shared experiences and common purpose to achieve a global scholarship.

The Department of Chemistry’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is supported by College-wide initiatives, offices, and centers including:

The University’s Office of Inclusive Excellence:

The Intercultural and Diversity Center:

The Center for Diversity Innovation:

The Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Additional Resources

The Department of Chemistry carries the University’s commitment to a prompt resolution of grievances at both the undergraduate and graduate level and offers support in times of need. For information regarding these procedures, please see the following pages:

Undergraduate Grievance Policy and Procedures:

Graduate Grievance Policy and Procedures:

For students facing unexpected situations or hardships, the University has support funds available. Find out more info at the following pages:

Left to right: Prof. Diana Aga, Prof. Tim Cook, Prof. Jason Benedict, REU student Shermain Aponte, Prof. Luis Colón, PhD student Grace Guardian