2020-2021 IB DEIA team

Meet the members of the IB DEIA committee



Heather Marlow is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy where she has the highly rewarding opportunity to mentor undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral trainees.  Heather is committed to fostering an environment of respect in her own lab and the University community more broadly so that all trainees, faculty and staff feel empowered to take on the immense challenge and rigor of science without the counterproductive, costly and alienating forces of bias or exclusion in any form.   Matthew Kaufman is an Assistant Professor in Organismal Biology and Anatomy. His lab focuses on how the brain controls movement and makes simple decisions. He is committed to working toward a culture of inclusion and acceptance in science, and to welcoming people with diverse backgrounds and dis/abilities where we can be treated equitably and leverage our unique viewpoints on scientific problems. He has a disability, and is particularly interested in finding ways to support grad students with disabilities in lab environments.

  Marcy J. Hochberg has served as a university administrator focused on student advocacy for over 20 years, in a variety of roles within career services, student affairs, institutional research, and campus health. She has worked as an adjunct psychology instructor at Triton College, and also taught developmental psychology courses to students in the teacher-education program at the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC). Marcy has participated in, and delivered, trainings in cultural competence in the Chicago area, primarily in the LGBTQ+ community, for over 20 years.  
Hi! I’m Hannah, a second-year graduate student in the Alemseged Lab. I wanted to get involved with our program’s DEIA efforts because as a first-generation college student (let alone graduate student), I understand how aspects of a program’s culture can act as invisible barriers to students from non-traditional backgrounds, preventing them from fully feeling like a part of the community. I would like to help create an environment that supports and encourages all scholars who walk through the door.






  I am a third-year graduate student in the Westneat lab and during my time at UChicago, I have been very privileged to have found mentors and friends that have supported me thus far. Being nominated for and joining the IB DEIA Committee, gives me the opportunity to make sure all graduate students in the program and department feel welcome and included. I want to make sure everyone is able to feel comfortable in the department and be able to find their support network. I acknowledge that I am serving the graduate students and their wants/needs. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me and give me suggestions on policies to move forward or ways I can improve. I am here to listen, learn and try and make permanent changes in the department through serving on this committee.