Ellen Michels and Alfredo Soto doing field research

2023 Week of Diversity in STEM

The Biology Department, in collaboration with several other departments and student organizations at NMU, coordinated a celebration of the many ways that individuals from diverse walks of life contribute to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  The week of events took place Feb. 6-10, 2023.  


Department of Biology

Diversity and Inclusion Statement


As the science of life, biology celebrates the diversity of races and ethnicities, traits, appearances, personal identities, sexual orientations, cultures, creeds, and abilities of all individuals. We acknowledge that systemic racism, sexism, and ableism are deeply entrenched in the biological sciences, and we pledge to oppose all forms of discrimination. Critical to remedying these injustices are acknowledging privilege and bias, and intentionally cultivating a diverse, inclusive and just community. The NMU Biology Department is providing leadership through action-oriented initiatives to effect positive change in our discipline and our community. Doing otherwise would run counter to our own dedication to our discipline, to science, and to life itself.

Approved 10-27-2020

Diana Lafferty

"As a research and teaching assistant professor at NMU with a focus on conservation ecology, I am able to engage graduate students in cutting-edge ecological research while also immersing ambitious undergraduates from underrepresented communities (e.g., LBGTQIA+, BIPOC, first-generation college students), in authentic scientific inquiry."

Diana Lafferty

Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology