BioE Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Department of Bioengineering (BioE) Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee works to promote and enhance an open environment for everyone in our Bioengineering Department community, with the idea that enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion is not a precise target, but a continuous process. Our mission has two facets: external and internal facing. Our external facing mission is to acknowledge societal diversity, equity, and inclusion issues so that we can prepare our students to thrive as leaders for equitable and just bioengineering solutions in a diverse society and global community. Our internal facing mission is to assess diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and belonging in the BioE department and advocate for those who encounter barriers that diminish their belonging and equitable space in the department. The committee is composed of faculty and staff members as well as graduate and undergraduate student representatives. If you are interested to learn more about the committee, would like to participate or give input, please contact Jessica Oakes ( or directly email to the committee (

DEI Committee


  • Esin Sözer, Assistant Teaching Professor
  • Jessica Oakes, Associate Professor


  • Esther Cohen, Senior Business Manager
  • Timothy Lannin, Associate Teaching Professor
  • Caroline Pridmore, Academic Operations Manager
  • Max Sederer, Associate Co-op Coordinator, Cooperative Education
  • Kiran Vanaja, Assistant Research Professor, The Roux Institute

Graduate Student Representatives

  • Ana Vargas, PhD Student
  • Ashley Herrick, PhD Student

Undergraduate Student Representative

  • Emily Michelsen