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The Malapit group embraces diversity and inclusion. We are more than committed — we treasure the core values of humanity: respect to others, sensitivity to other cultures, tolerance of differences, and appreciation of diversity. We are more than welcoming — we embrace our differences and empower each other. Our group believes that transformative relationships are key to unlocking everyone's potential. We will succeed by including in our strategies, ingraining in our culture, and reflecting in our behaviors, principles and practices of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Every week, a member of the group presents a topic on inclusion, diversity, wellness, and safety (see slides above for examples of topics we discuss). We discuss — and we have learned that the evidences, the history, and research data tell us what we need to do. We act — and we help each other to strengthen our courage to rebuild the system of research and academia in a way that is just and equitable for all.

To request a copy of the full presentation slides, please contact Mohammed Ullah at

   "I had the privilege to directly mentor over 20 graduate and undergraduate students during my graduate and postdoctoral studies. Mentoring is something I am highly passionate about and I am excited to teach and mentor students in an effort to cultivate their skills as independent scientists and innovative thinkers.

    Commitments to diversity, inclusion, and equity efforts are central to my experiences and my future goals. I came to the US as a graduate student from the Philippines with experiences inimitable to many. I grew up in a hometown where the supply of electricity and clean drinking water is limited. The obstacles and economic hardships that I needed to overcome taught me to be resilient and motivated me to get to where I am today. I will continue to use these experiences to recognize and empathize with students who confront challenges on their way to achieving their educational goals.

    During my graduate and postdoctoral studies, I was privileged to participate and contribute to mentoring and in DIE efforts. As an inaugural member of the DEI Committee at the Department of Chemistry of the University of Utah I got to represent and advocate for international scholars and the members of the LGBTQ community. As a mentor to six pilot Science Research Initiate undergraduate researchers, a McNair Scholar, and SACNAS members – all coming from different backgrounds, I am dedicated with full engagement in improving the culture in science. Above all, I am excited to mentor and share the priviledge of doing science with a purpose to talented scientists and future leaders." - C. A. Malapit

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