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CHEM 243 Organic Chemistry I
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Respect
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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Respect

It is imperative, more so now than ever, to address questions related to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Respect. We have been saddened, appalled, and horrified by numerous tragic events, including the murder of George Floyd, and by the disproportionate impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. We must listen, learn and respect each other, as we uncover broader inequalities based on race, gender, income, and focused on LGBTQ+ scientists and immigration communities. Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Respect must be an integral part of BSU strategic priorities.


As the “central science”, the field of chemistry is uniquely positioned to provide an understanding of, and contribute solutions to, complex global problems. To accomplish this, we must be able to effectively collaborate as a Team, with people who have diverse perspectives and life experiences in order to understand the challenges facing the world in the 21st century and develop and apply the strategies needed to help solve them.


I am personally committed to create a learning environment that supports a diversity of thoughts, perspectives and experiences, and honors your identities (including race, gender, class, sexuality, religion, ability, etc.). If you feel that your performance in this class is being impacted by your experiences in- or outside of class, please don't hesitate to come and talk with me. I will also provide opportunities for students to submit anonymous feedback (which may lead to me making a general announcement to the class to address your concerns). If you prefer to speak with someone outside of the course, Dr. Kristen Porter-Utley, Dean of the College for Science and Math, is an excellent resource.


I (like many people) am still in the process of learning about diverse perspectives and identities. If something was said in class (by anyone) that made you feel uncomfortable, please talk to me about it.


Portions of this text adapted from The Harriet W. Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning at Brown University