Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Black Lives Matter

We write to share in the grief and anger at the lives lost due to systemic racism and police brutality: George Floyd, Oscar Grant, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Tony Robinson, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Philando Castile, Monika Diamond, Nina Pop, and so many others spanning decades and centuries.

We join our voices to protesters around the country and the world who are standing against the Black racism and violence that is pervasive in our society. We demand an end to violence against Black people, an end to Anti-Black racism, white supremacy and police violence. We condemn racism and discrimination in all forms and against any vulnerable community and commit to looking within our own Biophysics community to find ways to address these issues in actionable and equitable ways.




Biophysics DEI Committee

Mission Statement: The UCB Biophysics DEI Committee is committed to actively assessing and advocating for the wellbeing of our students, with a particular focus on ensuring the equitable representation and success of historically marginalized groups.

Who we are: Meagan Esbin (graduate student), Julia Torvi (graduate student), Jim Hurley (faculty & Equity Advisor), Kate Chase (staff)

Our roles: Assessing and Advocating for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion within Biophysics

Assessment and Review

  • Annual student survey of diversity and wellbeing
  • Review of admission numbers and rates
  • Suggestions to the admissions committee on ways to improve and outreach suggestions


  • Annual DEI Townhall to discuss DEI trends, student survey, and yearly activities + goals
  • Annual reporting of program demographics on program website
  • Links to student resources on program website

Community building

  • Emails responding to national or local events that affect our students’ wellbeing
  • Monthly Biophysics Newsletter (coming soon!)
  • Annual DEI Townhall to incorporate community suggestions
  • Events at retreats or interview weekends, with student support

Our program at a glance:



More detailed demographic, financial, and alumni outcome information for all programs can be found at https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/infocenter/doctoral-program
Select Campus -> Berkeley, Program -> Biophysics
Or, click >here< for the Biophysics specific data


UC Berkeley Biophysics data will also soon be available as part of the Coalition for Next Generation Life Science, an initiative to provide transparency and data to empower trainees to make informed decisions about their training and careers. Find more information at https://nglscoalition.org/coalition-data/


Resources (not comprehensive, yet)

Campus Principles of Conduct:

  • The Biophysics Graduate Group upholds the UC Berkeley Principles of Community: https://diversity.berkeley.edu/principles-community

Discrimination Reporting (campus-wide):

  • Formal reporting askeru@berkeley.edu or (510) 642-7053
  • Anonymous reporting via Whistleblower Hotline https://secure.ethicspoint.com/domain/media/en/gui/23531/index.html
  • Sexual Harassment and violence reporting – https://ophd.berkeley.edu or (510) 643-7985

UC Berkeley OMBUDS Office (for Lab/Mentor/Thesis/Housing/Conflicts or Help):

  • The UC Berkeley OMBUDS Office provides a confidential environment to discuss problems, concerns, or complaints – incl. thesis issues, unfair treatment, housing, billing disputes, authorship issues, disability, etc. The Ombudsperson can help with almost any academic and administrative issue confronting students and postdoctoral appointees. Call at (510) 642-5754

Mental Health

  • For counseling/therapy appointments, call CAPS at (510) 642-9494 or make an appointment through eTang.


  • Please talk to Kate if you have concerns about personal or research-level funding! She can connect you with emergency funding (like COVID-relief), student resources, or fellowship/funding opportunities.