Broadening Participation

The CDMC Broadening Participation Strategic Plan includes recruiting and supporting the success of diverse students, faculty and staff and creating a culture of inclusion throughout the Center. Diversity metrics, including numbers of U.S. Citizens, females and underrepresented ethnic minorities engaged across all levels of the Center, and assessments of the Center’s culture, are reviewed annually by CDCM management and advisory boards. Across the 72 funded individuals who completed the 2023 annual demographics survey, 49% are female, 26% are underrepresented racial/ethnic minorities, and 4% are persons with a disability.

Creating a Culture of Inclusion

In addition to integrating efforts throughout all levels of CDCM to increase the diversity of students, faculty and staff, the Center is committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming culture. Center activities include:

  • Celebrations of the interdisciplinary and multicultural teams and team members throughout the center in the CDCM eNewsletter and other events.
  • Gratitude moments and mental health moments in meetings, eNewsletters and other events.
  • Workshops on how to be an effective STEM role model and how to engage all students, in particular those from groups historically excluded from STEM majors and career paths, and the public in outreach and education efforts.
  • Supporting the Student Leadership Council with periodic meetings with center leadership to discuss graduate student and post doc well-being, strategies to support students, and ways to create a more inclusive research group, lab, and center environment for all center participants.
  • Peer mentoring programs to connect undergraduate and graduate students with peers in the center for sharing resources, answering questions, building a community, having fun and more. See the side bar for more information and a link to apply.

Campus Resources

  • Grad Life: Housing, transportation, family and childcare, health and wellness, and other campus and community resources for graduate students
  • Disability and Access: Campus resources for persons with disabilities
  • Employee Resources: Health and wellness, learning and development, conflict resolution resources and more
  • Texas Career Engagement: Career resources for all students

CDCM Newsletters

Download past CDCM newsletters for health and wellness tips, multicultural celebrations, campus resources and more.

CDCM Newsletter Screenshot Example

Creating a Culture of Inclusion: Join the MRSEC Peer Mentoring Program

Connect with other MRSEC students MRSEC in a mentoring pod for advice on campus and community resources, graduate school, research, life in Austin, or whatever else you need! These mentoring pods can bring you valuable connections and resources, new friends, collaborators and lots of fun.