The John B. Pierce Laboratory

Diversity Committee

The John B. Pierce Diversity Committee
Angelique Barraza
Elizabeth Garcia
Nina Stachenfeld (Chair)
Justus Verhagen

Diversity enriches life.  We learn from those whose experiences, beliefs, and perspectives are different from our own.  As such, Diversity promotes personal growth, challenges stereotyped preconceptions, encourages critical thinking and improves communication with people of varied backgrounds.  All of these lessons are taught best in a richly diverse intellectual and social environment; one that reflects the rich and diverse country and world in which we live.

The Pierce Diversity Committee is charged with advising the Director on issues related to achieving cultural diversity within the Pierce Laboratory.  Areas of purview include but are not limited to: 1) recruitment and retention of underrepresented minority faculty and staff; 2) building a supportive environment in which diversity can thrive and which promotes mutual understanding and tolerance as a condition of academic freedom.

The Pierce Diversity Committee would like to hear from faculty and staff about what we are doing well and how we might improve in our efforts to promote diversity at the Pierce laboratory.  Please send any comments to

Yale School of Medicine and Yale University Diversity initiatives and programs:

Yale School of Medicine:  Office of the Dean 

Yale Diversity and Inclusion Page

Committee on the Status of Women in Medicine (SWIM)

Minority Organization for Retention & Expansion (MORE)

Yale University Women Faculty Forum