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Diversity + Inclusion

The Microbiology & Cell Science Department is committed to and engaged in actively supporting diversity, inclusion and equity for all students, staff and faculty in our department, the greater IFAS and UF communities, and in our discipline worldwide. It is our strong belief that our department, our science and our lives in general are benefited greatly by fully including a wide variety of diverse backgrounds, opinions, life experiences and skills. We strive to go beyond non-discrimination; we work to actively promote diversity of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender preference, religion and socioeconomic background.

This is your department, and we need your help to make sure we are doing all we can to help make it a safe, welcoming and productive environment for everyone. Your anonymous feedback and suggestions are essential to our ongoing efforts.


What does diversity + inclusion mean to you?

We asked our students, and this is what they had to say:

"no cell left behind!"




Diversity and Inclusion Image


This 'logo' image was created by an MCS student as a symbol representing our shared commitment to building and maintaining a department that actively supports diversity, inclusion and equity for all.

When you see this logo associated with an MCS webpage, course or other department material, it signifies our commitment to take diversity and inclusion seriously. Thank you for helping us to make your department a place where our differences don't divide us but are our collective strength.

Funding Opportunities


  • UF Women in Science and Engineering
    UF student organization creating a thriving network of women at UF and hosting activities that foster personal and professional successes.
  • Black in Microbiology
    Showcases the presence and accomplishments of Black microbiologists, connects Black microbiologists and their allies, provides a forum for discussing racial disparities in microbiology and supports the collective work of pursuing equity in academe, industry, government and beyond.


Gators Together Certificate