Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion at the School of Molecular Sciences

  • Recognizes that informational and social diversity leads to more successful outcomes in science.
  • Accepts that we have a moral and ethical duty to create a safe and supportive environment where all community members feel welcome and included.
  • Strives to include justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion considerations in all teaching, research and service practices.

SMS JEDI Committee Members

Laura Ackerman
Assistant Professor

Chad Borges
Associate Professor

Subhadeep Dutta
Graduate Student

Ashli Morgan

Jessica Shipley
Assistant Director of Academic Services

Jesus Villa
Academic Success Specialist

Darcy Kimball

Tito Garza Lopez


SMS Faculty Bring Attention to Diversity

Assistant professors Laura Ackerman-Biegasiewicz and Kyle Biegasiewicz bring attention to diversity, equity, inclusion in academia.


SMS has been awarded seed grants to promote diversity and equity by providing career support and training for students, faculty and staff.

SMS Bridge to Graduate School

SMS is awarded a grant from the American Chemical Society to bridge the route into graduate school for underrepresented students.

SMS JEDI Student Focus

SMS Student Highlights

Read our inspiring student stories

SMS Scholarships Opportunities

SMS Scholarships for underrepresented groups

SMS Summer REU Program

Research opportunity for URM students

SMS Women in Science

SMS Women Scientsts

Meet some of our extraordinary women scientist

SMS Women in News

SMS Women are recognized

Women in Science Make A Difference

A video showcase of our amazing alumni

JEDI News and Activities

JEDI Resources