Published: Sept. 25, 2020

BLM student protest in BoulderBSI grieves the senseless loss of Black American lives including the most recent deaths of Rayshard Brooks, GeorgeFloyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and the countless acts of violence against Black people. The protests across the globe have drawn attention to the pervasive racism in our society. Black communities continue to be threatened, and we must stand together in solidarity with all who are speaking out against racial injustice and inequity to advocate for a safe and just future.

While the frustration and pain are not new, the protests bring stark attention to the ongoing inequities and systemic racism that must be recognized in order to solve the problem. As (BSI) educators we need to address personal privilege and biases. We must build an inclusive community and create an environment where every student, staff, and faculty member feels a sense of belonging and know that they are valued.

Inequities in higher education persist, especially in the sciences. We must increase our efforts to make science a more welcoming and inclusive space that allows everyone a say in the scientific research that gets done, and where everyone has the opportunity to bring their diverse perspectives to solving the scientific challenges of our time.

Upon reflection during and post the anti-racism event on June 10 (#ShutDownSTEM), BSI was inspired to research and write-up strategies and tips for broadening participation in undergraduate research.  Find these strategies here.