Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Initiative for Maximizing Student Development Student Interest Groups


The Initiative for Maximizing Student Development provides funding and resources to support IMSD groups in promoting diversity and community in the GSBS.

Association for Graduate Student Diversity
The Association for Graduate Student Diversity is the umbrella student run organization committed to the development of professional scientists from all cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. The AGSD celebrates the many cultures and backgrounds that make up the Baylor student body with an Annual Multicultural Festival. AGSD strives to increase diversity, to promote retention and graduation of graduate students in the biomedical sciences and foster professional and career development of our members.
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Black Scientist Collective
The Black Scientist Collective consists of Baylor trainees (students, post-doc, research technicians, etc.) who promote Black excellence in science. The BSC aims to support the success and well-being of Black scientists through personal, professional, social, academic and community development.
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Hispanic Women in Science
The Hispanic Women in Science is an inclusive group of mostly Hispanic/Latina women at BCM and across the Texas Medical Center.  Speakers from the TMC are invited monthly to discuss issues concerning gender differences, diversity in science, current diversity and outreach programs in Houston, and their personal experiences in scientific training. HWIS participates in outreach activities around the Houston area and collaborate with other interest groups in the TMC scientific community.
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Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science
SACNAS is dedicated to empowering and fostering the success of Chicanos/Hispanics, Native Americans, and other underrepresented students in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM. The SACNAS chapter at Baylor College of Medicine (Twitter SACNAS@ BCM) aims to cultivate a supportive, diverse, and inclusive community of underrepresented students, post-docs, faculty, and staff at BCM, while celebrating the culture, science, and leadership of our underrepresented scientists.
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BCM Pride (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Allies Group)
BCM Pride is a student-interest group to represent the diversity and pride of the LQBTQ+ communities at Baylor College of Medicine. Through social events with other LGBTQ+ organizations at the Texas Medical Center and community engagement with the Montrose Center, Hatch Youth (LGBTQ+ Youth Program) and Pride Houston, we strive to promote positive representation in the STEM and healthcare fields.
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Got Spoon? (Individuals with Disabilities)
Got Spoons is for students and trainees with disabilities, chronic illness, or those navigating accommodations. Formed in July 2020,  Got Spoons? fills a gap in support of Disabled students and trainees and work closely with the Association for Graduate Student Diversity and other underrepresented student-led groups. We visualize this as a space for individuals with every type of disability and path at BCM to come together in community with opportunities to participate in outreach or education initiatives to destigmatize and increase awareness of disability. We are always looking for new and passionate members

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