Graduate Student Committee

Current and past diversity committee members. From top left: Lauren Carley, Jacob Harrison, Irene Liao, Ariana Eily, Karla Sosa, Julia Notar, Brandie Quarles, Niba Nirmal, and Jonathan Colen.

2019-2020 members:

Karla Sosa (chair) – email | webpage

Alex Loomis – email | webpage

Anita Simha (social media manager) – email | webpage

Brandie Quarles – email | webpage

Jacob Harrison – email | webpage

Jacqueline Gerson – email | webpage

Jonathan Colen (webmaster) – email | webpage

Julia Notar – email | webpage

Lauren Carley – email | webpage

Ray Allen – email | webpage

Marie-Claire Chelini (post-doc) – email | webpage


Emerita / ad-hoc members:

Ariana Eily, PhD – webpage

Irene Liao – webpage

Niba Nirmal – email | webpage


We have a twitter account as well! Follow us @DukeBioDiverse for updates on what’s happening with the committee!


Our process:

Working closely with faculty and department administration, we have developed an open and self-improving workflow that directs our efforts. Specifically, by creating recurring and deliberate avenues through which to receive feedback and constructive criticisms, we have been able to identify weak spots and strengthen them by developing targeted programming, curricula, and administrative guidelines.

Conceptual workflow of actions focused on improving diversity, inclusion, and equity.