Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are core values in the Dr. Silva-Fisher lab. Our lab understands, accepts, and values the differences between people including those of different races, ethnicities, genders, ages, religions, disabilities, and sexual orientations. We aim to be inclusive in the workplace as a collaborative, supportive, and respectful environment that increases the participation and contribution of all staff and trainees.

In collaboration with the Department of Medicine and The Office of Inclusion and Diversity we seek to promote and support these values within the lab and beyond. This is accomplished by providing resources, available courses, mentorship, and career development.



Washington University in St. Louis

Washington University School of Medicine DE&I

John T. Milliken Department of Medicine, The Office of Inclusion and Diversity (OID)

Center for Diversity and Inclusion

Washington University School of Medicine Office of Diversity programs (For international students – all programs)

Washington University School of Medicine Office of Diversity programs (For students and faculty – MD program)

Academy for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Supporting Underrepresented minorities for Connections, Community,Engagement,Service and Society (SUCCESS) Program

Forum for LGBTQIA and OUTmed/Allies

Forum for Women in Medicine (FWIM)

Forum for Underrepresented in Medicine (URM)

Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD)

Opportunities in Genomics Research (OGR)



DOM Diversity Training

Office of Postdoctoral Affairs Mentorship training


Mentorship and Career Development

Provided by Dr. Silva-Fisher

Dr. Silva-Fisher is the Co-Director of the Mentorship to Enhance Diversity in Academia (MEDA) Program.

In addition to personalized mentorship by Dr. Silva-Fisher you may also participate in The MEDA program. It provides trainees with support, resources, personalized guidance, and engaging opportunities they need to become successful at WUSM and in their future careers. The objectives of the MEDA program are to provide academic and career mentorship for URM trainees by 1) facilitating connections with leaders through an online database, 2) providing personalized career development and funding opportunities, and 3) developing community and support.

Career Development

An individual development plan will be created for trainees (staff are welcomed to participate as well) in the laboratory. This will be facilitated by using Science Careers myIDP. Dr. Silva-Fisher will have yearly meetings with trainees to about career development progress.

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