The Genomics Education Partnership (GEP) is a nationwide community of faculty from more than 200 colleges and universities dedicated to facilitating equity in undergraduate biology education. GEP provides curriculum, training, resources, and mentorship to empower faculty to provide their students experiential learning and Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs) in genomics and bioinformatics. GEP celebrates the diverse types of institutions and students represented by our faculty and is committed to recruiting and mentoring faculty at institutions especially well-poised to serve students from historically underrepresented groups.
We welcome faculty and students of all identities into our community. For several reasons, we are intentional in our commitment to values of collegiality, compassion, diversity, equity, inclusion, integrity, and justice. Equitable access to research and the associated career development opportunities can help build a more inclusive and representative biomedical community, one that is fair and just. Research experiences create a sense of belonging, which is critical to reversing the attrition of underrepresented students in STEM. In fact, such experiences have been shown to increase retention in STEM disciplines. Cultural diversity is a key factor in our ability to innovate and compete in a global economy. We remain dedicated to increasing equity and inclusion within the nation’s scientific workforce.
Handelsman, Jo, Sarah Elgin*, Mica Estrada, Shan Hays*, Tracy Johnson, Sarah Miller, Vida Mingo*, Christopher Shaffer*, and Jason Williams. “Achieving STEM diversity: Fix the classrooms.” Science 376, no. 6597 (2022): 1057-1059.
*GEP members including Founder Sarah Elgin