Formation of standing Post-Doc Program Committee
The UVa Biology Department, and specifically the chair of the department with the agreement of faculty, should consider the creation of a standing “Post-Doc Program Committee” that could comprise two faculty members, three or more post-doctoral trainees, and one graduate student (see Top Down Initiative: Representation on Committees). A new post-doc program committee could focus efforts towards building a more diverse and supportive community for post-doctoral trainees within the biology department. The committee could be tasked with developing a “post-doctoral trainee handbook” that would include all policies, programs, and additional access to documentation. These policies and opportunities should be evaluated during drafting using the “Policy Equity Guide” provided by UVa Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (also attached below). The committee could also serve to develop additional programs and opportunities for increasing transparency, inclusivity, equity, and a general feeling of community amongst post-docs.