Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in MEAM

MEAM’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force, which was formed in the fall of 2020, regularly convenes to (a) tackle immediately pressing DEI issues in MEAM and (b) develop a longer-term plan for improvement and change for all matters relating to DEI.

MEAM DEI Resources & Opportunities

MEAM DEI Scholarship Opportunity

MEAM proudly introduced the DEI Scholars program in the Spring of 2022, which provides opportunities for MEAM students and postdocs to serve as DEI Scholars and DEI Associates as described under the MEAM DEI Scholars Program tab below. Recognized with cash scholarships, DEI Scholars and Associates impact diversity, equity, and inclusion in MEAM by proposing and executing DEI projects in collaboration with MEAM faculty and staff.

Thanks to generous support from SEAS, we are seeking applicants for up to four new DEI Associates for 2023. Awardees will be recognized with a $250 scholarship, and will work with one of the three existing DEI Projects. We will also consider applicants who propose new DEI projects.

Click here to submit an application. The deadline to apply is Thurs. Feb. 2. Please contact Jonathan Singleton <jonjames@seas.upenn.edu> with any questions you have.

MEAM DEI Scholars Program

The DEI Scholars Program provides opportunities for MEAM students and postdocs to have an impact on diversity, equity, and inclusion in the department by proposing and executing DEI projects conducted in collaboration with MEAM faculty and staff.

We are excited to announce a new set of DEI Scholars, selected from among our current Associates, who will serve in this role for the 2023 calendar year: Michael Klein Wassink (MEAM BSE ’23), Sebastian Magana (MEAM BSE ’24), and Will Schlatterer (MEAM BSE ’23). We are also delighted to extend Bibit Bianchini’s (3rd year MEAM Ph.D.) term as DEI Scholar, and to extend Parker LaMascus (4th year MEAM Ph.D.) and Jovita Tedja’s (MEAM BSE ’25) terms as DEI Associates. We congratulate you all!

The Scholars and Associates are pursuing the following three programs:

MEAM Undergraduate Mentoring

Michael Klein Wassink     

Scholar: Michael Klein Wassink (left) & Sebastian Magana (right)
Faculty Advisor: Dustyn Roberts
Associates: Jovita Tedja

 

Admitted and Current MEAM Graduate Student Outreach

Scholar: Bibit Bianchini, 3rd Year MEAM Ph.D.
Faculty Advisor: Igor Bargatin
Associates: Parker LaMascus

 

Growth of Diversity Learning within the MEAM/SEAS Curriculum

Will Schlatterer

Scholar: Will Schlatterer
Faculty Advisor: Michelle Johnson

Events

Please check back here in the future for MEAM DEI events, and please click here for a list of DEI events in SEAS.

Questions

If there are any questions, ideas, feedback, or you want to participate in any way please email: 

Rob Carpick: carpick@seas.upenn.edu

DEI Task Force Members

Robert Carpick
John Henry Towne Professor and MEAM Director for DEI
Paulo Arratia
Professor
Howard Hu
Professor and Master's Program Chair
Doug Jerolmack
Professor and MEAM Diversity Search Advisor 
Michelle Johnson
Associate Professor, Physical Medicine, and Rehabilitation and Secondary Faculty member, MEAM
Katie Knorr
MEAM Undergraduate Coordinator
Jason Pastor
Instrumentation Technician
Dustyn Roberts
Practice Associate Professor
Jonathan Singleton
MEAM Administrative Coordinator & MEAM DEI Staff Assistant
Claire Sibley
MEAM Administrative Coordinator
Bibit Bianchini
MEAM DEI Scholar
Sebastian Magana
MEAM DEI Scholar
Will Schlatterer
MEAM DEI Scholar
Michael Klein Wassink
MEAM DEI Scholar
Igor Bargatin
Professor and Undergraduate Chair
Prashant Purohit
Professor and Graduate Chair
Kevin Turner
Professor and MEAM Department Chair

If there are any questions, ideas, feedback, or you want to participate in any way please email: 

Rob Carpick: carpick@seas.upenn.edu