The Microbiology Doctoral Training Program stands with the greater University of Wisconsin’s mission of supporting and fostering diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW–Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin–Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background — people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

The Microbiology Doctoral Training Program is committed to the strength only diversity can bring.  We strive to fully support all members of our community – Black, Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQ+, first-generation, people with disabilities and all marginalized groups.  

We all belong here at MDTP, all of us make our program great, all of us have a place in STEM.

MDTP Goals for Diversity in the program

  • Create and maintain a dialogue about diversity within the program.
  • Work towards creating a program in which students and trainers from all backgrounds feel welcomed, appreciated, and included.
  • Continually assess the needs of underrepresented minorities in the program and determine a plan for addressing said needs.
  • Recognize that privilege exists and use such privilege to lift communities that have been systematically marginalized.  Privilege is a responsibility. 
  • Encourage students, trainers and staff to advocate for diversity by providing resources, such as time, space and/or monetary support.
  • Recruit, retain, and support people who have overcome different barriers and created opportunities in different ways.
  • Educate ourselves and our community about the reality of implicit bias and the impact it has on science and education.

MDTP Efforts to achieve Goals for Diversity in the program

  • Applicants not only evaluated on academic and research achievements, but also on their background of overcoming obstacles and creating opportunities, and their commitment to diversity, inclusivity, and equity.
  • Funding opportunities in collaboration with Science and Medicine Graduate Research Scholars for students from diverse backgrounds.
  • Annual participation in ABRCMS and SACNAS for recruiting.  
  • MDTP Trainers are expected to have honest dialogues and open communication with the students in their program and their mentees.
  • Encourage collaborating departments to focus on diversity and inclusion.
  • Host events that provide research-based evidence concerning diversity (impact, challenges, implicit bias, financial education) in an attempt to educate current students and trainers.
  • MDTP now has a dedicated committee focusing on diversity and inclusion in the program.
  • Anonymous feedback form for students in the program.

Resources available to further the program’s mission of a just, equitable and inclusive environment