The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.
Martin Luther King Jr.
The Department of Quantitative and Computational Biology celebrates diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).
We strive to prepare QCB’s students to thrive in a diverse world while ensuring that our students and staff feel safe, supported, and respected. We support members of groups that are currently and have historically been underrepresented in science, and we are actively working to promote a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive community of computational biologists.
People are diverse in many ways, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, socio-economic class, ability, religion, family structure, age, and core values. We value diversity in our community.
Equity requires providing every student and staff member with the resources and opportunities needed to reach their fullest potential. Our understanding of equity recognizes that 1) inequities have acted as barriers to success for marginalized groups and 2) there is a need for continual reflection and responsiveness to prevent and remedy potential inequities going forward.
Inclusion means that every member of the QCB community should be supported in order to feel valued and respected, and be invited to contribute to the culture of QCB. QCB emphasizes the intentional maintenance of a welcoming climate of care. QCB works to foster a sense of belonging for all.
Below is a partial list of D.E.I. offices, interest groups, and resources available at USC.
Office of Campus Wellbeing and Crisis Intervention
Dornsife Office of Diversity
Office for Equity, Equal Opportunity, and Title IX
USC WiSE - Women in Science and Engineering
LGBTQ+ Student Center
APASS - Asian Pacific American Student Center
Latinx Chicanx Center for Advocacy and Student Affairs (La CASA)
Black Student Assembly at USC
Native American Student Union