Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee at the Institute for Global Health Sciences (IGHS) aspires to build a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty, student and staff community that reflects the partners and communities we collaborate with globally.

This committee cultivates an environment that is welcoming, values differences and diverse ideas, and provides culturally humble education, research and program implementation worldwide.

What is diversity, equity and inclusion?

We understand diversity as the presence of differences in gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status.

Equity ensures everyone has access to the same opportunities. It recognizes that advantages and barriers exist, and that, as a result, we all don’t start from the same place.

Inclusion happens when people with different identities feel and/or are valued, leveraged and welcomed within a given setting.

Committee Objectives

  • To create an environment at IGHS where people freely and comfortably express their ideas about diversity, equity and inclusiveness.
  • To develop an environment at IGHS where diversity, equity and inclusion are demonstrated in our everyday practices
  • To create transparent hiring practices that prioritize diversity and inclusion during recruitment
  • To understand how other universities, NGOs, and private companies address diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in their global work and promote DEI to external partners and funders.


  • Lucia Abascal
  • Becky Cantor
  • Purba Chatterjee
  • Ingrid Chen
  • Sun Cotter
  • Madhavi Dandu
  • Katie Fox
  • Usma Khan
  • Mohsen Malekinejad
  • Mike Reid
  • Lauren Suchman