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Diversity, equity & inclusion
The Bunnik lab is committed to maintaining and promoting an inclusive working and learning environment where people—and service dogs—feel safe, supported, and comfortable to be themselves, irrespective of their race, ethnicity, cultural background, gender (identity), sexual orientation, health, age, place of birth, etc.

Of our past and current trainees, 62% (16/26) are members of groups underrepresented in science, and 69% (18/26) identify as women. We try to lead by example to improve diversity and inclusion in our own lab, but also in the department and institution. We promote a better representation of seminar speakers from underrepresented groups in science to provide our diverse student population with more role models and networking opportunities with potential mentors. In the spring 2022 semester, Dr. Bunnik invited parasitologists Dr. Heather Painter and Dr. Regina Joice Cordy. In the spring 2021 and fall 2020 semesters, Dr. Bunnik invited immunologist Dr. Marion Pepper and immunoparasitologist Dr. De’Broski Herbert.
"As a Ph.D. student in the Bunnik lab,
Dr. Bunnik encouraged me
to participate in activities aimed
to help increase diversity
at UT Health San Antonio."

"For example, I helped recruit
students for our graduate school
at ABRCMS, SACNAS, and the
New Orleans Historically Black Colleges
and Universities fair."

— Raphael Reyes
As a member of the Admissions Committee of the IBMS Ph.D. program, Dr. Bunnik often advocates to offer interviews and acceptances to students from groups underrepresented in science. Since 2022, she has also nominated three Black applicants for a $5,000 Dean’s award for accepting our offer to enroll into the IBMS Ph.D. program.

Dr. Bunnik has advocated for inviting female speakers to local conferences and symposia, such as cancer immunologist Dr. Stephanie Watowich who was the keynote speaker at the Annual Conference of the Vaccine Development Center of San Antonio in November 2023.

In the fall of 2023, Dr. Bunnik received a University of Texas Health Star Educator Award, partially in recognition of her commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. From the anonymous nomination submission: “Dr. Bunnik has shown a commitment to fostering curiosity, humanism, diversity, equity, and inclusion through her advocacy work and curriculum design. For instance, she (…) is active in her advocacy for diversity, inclusion, and equity at UT Health and beyond, using her platform as a scientist and educator to support students, faculty, and the community. This initiative reflects Dr. Bunnik’s dedication to creating a dynamic and inclusive learning environment.”
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San Antonio, Texas, 2024