BBM Discrimination and Harassment Policy

BBM’s Stance on Discrimination, Racism, and Harassment


We, the BBM Organizing Committee, are dedicated to providing a safe, respectful and professional space for scientists of all backgrounds to share their research. To this end, harassment based on an individual’s race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected characteristic will not be tolerated at the meeting. In addition, we take a strict stance against sexual harassment, which is defined as behavior of a sexual nature that is unwelcome and offensive to the person or persons it is targeted toward. As a regular recipient of NIH funding we operate under Title IX procedures. If a participant feels they have been harassed, we encourage them to report this to the Organizing Committee, and the matter will be investigated discreetly and confidentially. Any participants engaging with discriminatory or harassing behavior will be subjected to disciplinary measures up to an including being denylisted from the conference.


We stand firmly in continued solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. We condemn the longstanding tradition of anti-Asian violence in the United States and the continued harm brought upon Latinx and Indigenous communities throughout the country. Ultimately, dismantling systems of oppression will require an intersectional framework, and we the BBM Organizing Committee maintain our commitment to anti-racism and to promoting equity in all its forms.


While this work is not new, a hard line on anti-racism is essential to our efforts to build a more equitable community where all can thrive. The past two years of extensive participation in protests all over the US and beyond, in the middle of a pandemic, has underscored how critical it is to speak out and take action. Silence also speaks volumes. Through silence and inaction, we perpetuate the prejudice and violence that have been part of the daily lives of our BIPOC colleagues and friends, both inside and out of the science community.


As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we as scientists have increased visibility, bolstered public trust, and a magnified voice. We have the means to augment underrepresented voices. As scientists, employers, educators, science communicators, and clinicians, we have the power to implement real change by challenging injustice and prejudice in our labs, classrooms, and clinics. At BBM, we strive to promote inclusivity and diversity. To this end, we are committing to the following:

  • Offering a dedicated space for discussion on race and representation in the sciences by holding a breakout session on Diversity in STEM.
  • Continuing to offer our “Underrepresented Minorities in Biomedical Sciences Scholarship” which waives the registration fee.
  • Expanding our scholarship to include a Travel Award to help underrepresented minority microbiologists attend our meeting. All proceeds from our online store will go towards furnishing this award for next year. You can also support our scholarship by donating here. If you or your company wish to sponsor this endeavor, contact us at

We acknowledge that there is still work to be done to ensure equity, diversity, and representation both at BBM and in the scientific community. We have provided multiple resources on our website so that you too can participate. It is on all of us, especially those of us who have the privilege to speak out, to fight against injustice. This message is also an invitation for comments and suggestions from our participants on how the Organizing Committee can practice good allyship as BBM organizers, and ways we can promote BIPOC and underrepresented voices. We are here to listen and act together, and to ensure that we all enjoy the same privileges and basic human rights.


In Solidarity,


The 2022 BBM Organizing Committee


Anti-Racism Resources

Members of our community can take action through some of the following resources:


Title IX Office of Regularly – Participating Institutions


Boston College

University Title IX Coordinator

Patricia Lowe



Boston University

Title IX Coordinator

Jessica Nagle




Sarah Rankin

Director of IDHR & Institute Title IX Coordinator

617) 324-7526



Erin Clark

Program Officer for Title IX and Sexual Misconduct



Nicole Merhill

University Title IX Coordinator | Director of the Office for Gender Equity

Smith Campus Center, Suite 901

1350 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge, MA 02138

Pronouns: she/her

p: (617) 496-2470



Mark Jannoni, Assistant Vice President and Title IX Coordinator


Phone: 617.373.4644




Title IX Coordinator

Jill Zellmer



Amherst College

Laurie Frankl

Director of Civil Rights and Title IX Coordinator



UMass Amherst

Kerri Thompson Tillett, J.D.

Title IX Coordinator

Associate Vice Chancellor Equal Opportunity and Access

225 Bartlett Hall

130 Hicks Way

Amherst, Massachusetts 01003

(413) 545-3464


UMass Medical

Title IX Coordinator

Laura J. Harris, J.D.

Legal Associate

Office of Management

Phone: 508-856-6955




Kara Larsen

Assnt VP, Enterprise Risk Management / Title IX Coordinator

Enterprise Risk Management



Roxanne M. Gomes

Director, Aff Act, Equal Opp & Div / Deputy Title IX Coordinator

Office of Affirmative Action




Jonathan Stewart

Title IX Coordinator




Elizabeth Conklin

Title IX Coordinator






Title IX Coordinator and Director of SHARE Title IX Office

Stephen Chen

(650) 497-4955



Title IX Coordinator

Kurt Stimeling

(603) 897-8249


Stony Brook

Title IX Coordinator

Marjolie Leonard




Office of Institutional Equity and Title IX




Mary Signor

Title IX Coordinator and Assistant Vice President, Office of Equal Opportunity

665 Broadway Floor 12

New York, NY 10003



University of Illinois

Danielle Morrison

Title IX Coordinator

614 E. Daniel Street, Suite 303

Champaign, Illinois 61820

(844) 616-7978



Sheila M. Calkins, BSN, JD

Director of Title IX and Clery Act Compliance

13th floor, 73 Tremont Street




Office of equal opportunity




Guilene Prepetit

Interim Title IX Coordinator & HR Generalist

781.292.2411 | Campus Center 332


UMaine Augusta

Elizabeth Lavoie

UMS Title IX Coordinator


Phone: 207-581-5866



Laura Buchs

Director & Title IX Coordinator

603.862.2930 (voice)

7-1-1 (Relay NH)



Daniela Sorokko Harris, J.D.

Title IX Coordinator

Director of Civil Rights Compliance