The BCBP program is committed to equity and inclusion and anti-racism in our teaching, mentoring, advising and our research.  As a program that draws from three different disciplines, we are collectively involved in a variety of initiatives and efforts to raise awareness about the ways that structural racism and other barriers influence how students experience STEM at Amherst. Together with our students, we seek to learn and grow as a community striving to make the STEM experience an inclusive and equitable one for all.

We are committed to ensuring that all BCBP students have the opportunity to engage and learn about issues of systemic racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion, or social justice as it pertains to science and scientific communities. For this reason, the requirements for completing the BCBP major include one course that engages with these topics. Courses that fulfill the DEI requirement are updated each spring for the upcoming academic year. Other courses not listed or offered in the Five Colleges can substitute with the approval of the chair of BCBP.

For other specific examples of efforts BCBP faculty and students are involved in across our departments, please visit: