Who are we, what makes us unique, and where do we come from? We sometimes ask ourselves these questions, and in this remarkable issue of IMMpress Magazine, answers are given to us as key demographics from our Immunology graduate community. This serves to not only better understand how our graduate student body continues to evolve and grow, but also highlights the need for further reflection for us to effectively enact the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). This issue stands out as the IMMpress team provides a thoughtful analysis and call to action on several EDI fronts that can have a meaningful impact on how our Department moves forward on achieving excellence through diversity; as such, this issue is a must read.
The IMMpress team are at their best when providing meaningful infographics, as well as when tackling relevant socio-scientific concerns. The current issue also sheds lights on how aspects of our scientific past and present are marred by inequity and discrimination. Nevertheless, I am confident that the next generation of immunologists, perhaps encouraged by reading this issue of IMMpress, will continue to bend the arc of history toward justice. The alumni interview features Prof. Akiko Iwasaki, Yale University, talking about her amazing career trajectory and her advocacy and outreach efforts, which further highlights the important theme of this issue.
I would like to congratulate the outstanding IMMpress editorial and production team and contributors for putting together another thoughtful and engaging issue.
I hope you enjoy this issue, make it part of your late summer reading, and importantly whether you are an alumnus of the department, or a prospective student, I really look forward to hearing from you.