The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UNCG fully supports and values an inclusive community with visible and meaningful representation of diversity. We seek to promote a climate of civility and respect, where diverse viewpoints and experiences are welcomed. We are committed to protecting the rights of all to ensure that each person in our community is empowered, valued and respected for their contributions to the mission of this university. As a minority-serving institution, we are proud to embrace our role as serving a large, diverse student body and we are committed to our mission as providing access and opportunity for all.
Our Department believes that the complex challenges of science are best approached from a collective of individuals with a wide range of perspectives and life experiences. Our Department’s commitment to offer a welcoming and nurturing environment for people from all walks of life is reflected in our demographic composition at all levels and is a major contributor to our success. Today, women comprise 40% of our tenured/tenure-track faculty, which is one-third of the gender gap of the average of the top 50 Chemistry Departments in the nation, and almost half the gap of the most diverse of those schools! Furthermore, 40% of our teaching faculty, 50% of our staff, 57% of our graduate students, and 62% of our undergraduate students are women.
In addition to strong gender diversity, our faculty and staff members are members of other under-represented groups and individuals with non-traditional career paths. We are actively seeking to increase the diversity of our faculty, particularly as it pertains to inclusion of individuals from underrepresented groups including African Americans and Latinx, through future hires. In addition, by prioritizing strong mentorship and fostering an inclusive environment, we are building the pipeline of future chemists from these underrepresented groups.
The student body in our Department has a strength in racial and ethnic diversity with 66% of our undergrads being non-white, 30% being Black or African American, and 13% being of Hispanic descent. Similarly, our graduate students are 59% non-white, 16% Black or African American, 7% of Hispanic descent, and 23% are international students. The Department also is home to many members of the LGBTQ+ community, student veterans, first-generation students, and non-traditional students. Our Department strives to continue our efforts to recruit and support diversity in a variety of ways, including participation in conferences and events hosted by NOGLSTP, SACNAS, NOBCChE and OXIDE.