Supporting Diverse Faculty in STEM at the University of Denver

MERISTEM is working to recruit, hire, and retain faculty from groups that are historically excluded from STEM disciplines, including women, people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, and those with intersectional identities. Through MERISTEM, a team across the University is taking action to change the climate and implement policies that support diversity in STEM, creating a more inclusive DU in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and across the university. This project has grown from other programs and initiatives campus-wide to promote diversity and inclusion. References and links to these efforts can be found throughout this site.



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MERISTEM Areas of Focus


The Grow group trains hiring committees and addresses hiring practices in order to recruit and hire more faculty from historically excluded populations.

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The Develop group builds equity-informed mentoring practices to support historically excluded faculty (HEF) in reaching the milestones needed to advance their careers.

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The Heal group improves the campus climate for HEF by establishing accountability and reporting processes to encourage equitable practices and address issues.

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Students, faculty and staff at the Diversity Summit event.

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...the DU Community and Prospective Hires

We hope that our work in MERISTEM will create systemic change that impacts faculty, staff and students across the University. We also invite faculty and staff from any unit to join us in our efforts. Learn more about what DU is doing both within DU-MERISTEM and beyond to support equity.

… Press, Universities & Community Partners

Interested in learning more about how MERISTEM is working to make change at the University of Denver? We’re happy to share our work with the wider community.

“By improving the diversity of faculty in STEM we are influencing every student who attends the sciences at DU. We need those individuals to see that it is possible to rise to the highest levels within the discipline regardless of who they are, and that it is their ideas, talents and experiences that will make the fields grow and improve.”

Anna Sher, MERISTEM ADVANCE Grant Co-PI and Professor of Biology at DU
Anna Sher, co-pi on DU's NSF ADVANCE Grant to address diversity in STEM.


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The material on this site is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under Grant No. 2121989. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.