The mission of the Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) is to nurture and advance a culture in the Department of Biomedical Engineering:

  • where diversity is actively embraced and supported,
  • where the practice of research and education is purposefully anti-racist,
  • where we recognize and overcome prejudice in training and hiring, and
  • where discrimination on the basis of, but not limited to, race, color, gender, sexual orientation and disability, is identified and addressed.

Through continuing education, strategic partnerships, increased mentorship, and community outreach, we strive to create a just and equitable environment from which to advance education and research in science, engineering, and medicine.

Columbia Engineering and the wider University are deeply committed to cultivating a global community of scholars and researchers devoted to academic excellence and the translation of ideas into broad impact. Read statement from Dean Mary C. Boyce.


We want to hear from you! If you have questions, feedback, suggestions, or want to get involved with diversity initiatives at Columbia BME, let us know!


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Meet the DEI Committee







Henry Hess and Elisa Konofagou







DEI Initiatives

BME Movie Night

The purpose of BME Movie Night is to reinforce the mission of the BME DEI Committee to “advance a culture in which diversity is actively embraced and supported.” By gathering the community around the widely familiar media of film and television, we seek to encourage and normalize conversations which may be difficult or unfamiliar, as well as those traditionally overlooked in the BME community. Each month, by incorporating additional resources centered around selected themes, we aim to engage and equip community members with the tools to critically examine the current culture around racism and diversity.

The first theme of BME Movie Night will be the history of modern systemic racism and will feature a community viewing of the movie "13th" (available for free streaming here) and subsequent live discussion. Stay tuned for details about this live event!

For questions about BME Movie Night, please contact Ketsia Zinga at


HBCU Partnerships

More info coming soon!


Anti-Black Racism Initiative

Our mission is to engage in research and educational practices that actively combat anti-Black racism. We strive to eliminate the impacts of systemic racism through intentional activities to: best serve minority students during their matriculation at Columbia, promote diversification of our graduate students and faculty, and devise biomedical innovations to address healthcare deficits in underrepresented minority groups.


  1. To create and/or maintain early (K-12) STEM education and identity opportunities
  2. Support students throughout their Columbia matriculation and prepare for post-graduate activities
  3. Create a more diverse graduate applicant pool to increase the number of Black Ph.D. students
  4. Support Ph.D. students/Post-docs through mentorship and early career professional development

For information about the anti-Black racism initiative, please contact Dr. Aaron Kyle at


Columbia Community Resources

Educational Resources

Coming soon!