Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Boston Bacterial Meeting (BBM) is deeply committed to supporting a diverse and inclusive community of bacteriologists. We encourage scientists of all backgrounds, including race, ethnicity, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion/faith, education, socio-economic status, ability, national origin, citizen status, military status, and political affiliation.

To uphold our vision to maintain and promote a culture of equity and inclusion, we have included a demographics research section in the registration process, which will help us improve efforts to foster diversity at BBM. We also offer a number of scholarships for underrepresented minorities in biomedical sciences. More information can be found on the registration page.

We hope to create diversity, equity, and inclusion programming at BBM in future years to further our mission to provide a welcoming conference experience for all BBM attendees.

Gender neutrality

For anyone who prefers not to use a gender-specific restroom, an all-gender, single stall restroom is available on-site on the 6th floor of the Science Center.

Information for nursing mothers

We will have two options available for BBM attendees who need a lactation room during the conference. Supplies can be stored at the registration desk, and there is a private room on-site equipped with chairs and tables, cleaning supplies, and a refrigerator. Unfortunately we are unable to provide a room on-site with a sink, and while we do our best to ensure privacy, we are unable to lock the rooms at the conference site. If you would prefer a dedicated mother’s room with additional equipment, BBM attendees can access Harvard’s fully equipped lactation rooms (located a 5 minute walk from the conference site) by contacting worklife@harvard.edu. Please email bbm@hms.harvard.edu if you have any questions.