The Department of Microbiology celebrates diversity and abhors any action that keeps individuals from reaching their full potential. However, we must acknowledge that systemic and overt racism exists in our community, institution, and discipline. This is an important moment of personal and collective introspection. We pledge to take concrete steps toward building a truly just society and living up to our ideals.

If anyone feels that they have or are being discriminated against, please alert me or any faculty or staff member. You can also contact the MCB Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee at or the University of Illinois Office for Access and Equity at

Jim Slauch, Head
phone: (217) 244-1956

Visit the MCB DEI page for more information about initiatives and resources