The Department of Chemistry at the University of Vermont strives to be a welcoming and respectful environment for all people. We recognize that diverse (1) teams solve problems best, and we are committed to cultivating an inclusive environment within our department that is consistent with the values articulated in “Our Common Ground.” Hate and discrimination have no place in our community or in our discipline, and we actively foster a welcoming and safe environment for diverse and divergent voices through a commitment to inclusion of all identities among our students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Through our own efforts, we aim to transform science, and specifically chemistry, from a place where individuals have been historically excluded due to their identity to a place where all are welcome, and all contributions are valued.

(1) We use the word diversity as described by the Inclusive STEM Teaching Project, “Individual differences (e.g., personality, prior knowledge, and life experiences) and group/social differences (e.g., race/ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin, and ability, as well as cultural, political, religious, or other affiliations).”