Office of Community Engagement and Diversity
The Office of Community Engagement and Diversity in the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics works alongside the Baylor College of Medicine’s Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to promote an environment that fosters inclusion, education and understanding for faculty, trainees, staff, and the community-at-large.
Education, Recruitment and Inclusion Activities
The Evenings with Genetics series has served the community for 15 years. The department partners with Texas Children’s Hospital to offer this free webinar/seminar series that is open to the public. The goals of the series are to provide current genetic and genomic information in a clear, plain-language manner, offer support and resources to families impacted by a genetic disorder and foster interdepartmental collaborations.
Through a collaboration with the UT Texas Center for Disability Studies, the Texas Department of State Health Services and Texas Children's, we provide statewide genetics outreach in the form of in-person events and webinars.
A Lunch and Learn series (in-person) and the Careers in Genetics and Genomics series (virtual) are provided annually to present the genetics and genomics career path to high school and undergraduate students.
The Medical Genetics Diversity Visiting Students Program was developed to provide under-represented fourth-year medical students a four-week clinical rotation.
The Clinical Research Education Training Program is a short-term summer training program that gives underrepresented first and second-year medical students the opportunity to gain clinical research experience in the field of medical genetics.
The virtual program, "A White Coat and Genes: The Life of a Medical Geneticist" offers third and fourth-year medical students the opportunity to learn about careers in medical genetics from department faculty and students.
“Let’s Learn about One Another” is a series of interactive presentations that began in the summer of 2020 to address the social injustice climate. Thus far the program has offered the “Let’s Learn about One Another: Understanding the African American Experience in America” and “Let’s Learn about One Another: Understanding the Asian American and Pacific Islander Experience in America”. The Let’s Learn program will continue to include perspectives from the department’s widely diverse members.
The office holds “Understanding Genetic Variations Sessions” at national meetings such as the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students to introduce genetics and genomics careers and diverse biomedical researchers to encourage participation in the field.
The office also curates an extensive internal online library of articles regarding diversity, inclusion, and equity for department faculty, trainees, and staff.