The Friedman Brain Institute

Diversity in Neuroscience

A lot has been written about diversity issues in science. Compared with two decades ago, women are now better represented among medical and graduate students, postdocs, and assistant professors. However, despite gains, we still have a smaller than desired number of senior women faculty and far fewer faculty from under-represented minority groups—at Mount Sinai and nationwide. Recent studies continue to document implicit biases in the scientific workplace, and concerns remain around quality of life issues and obstacles to faculty retention and promotion that affect everyone. At the Friedman Brain Institute, we are driving an ongoing discussion  — now in its fifth year — designed to formulate positive steps through which we can make progress in these areas. We cannot solve societal issues, but perhaps we can serve as a smaller focus group and demonstrate the kinds of tangible actions that lead to real improvements.

Commitment to Diversity

The FBI Leadership advocates unanimously for proactive promotion of diversity and inclusivity at all levels of all its activities both on campus and off campus. As a statement of this importance, we affirm that we will only participate in and organize symposia, panels, etc. that include women scientists, and we will work toward racial/ethnic diversity as well.

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The Friedman Brain Institute's Commitment to a Healthy Work Environment

The Friedman Brain Institute and the Nash Family Department of Neuroscience have instituted a zero-tolerance policy for harassment of any sort. We encourage people of all genders and ranks to notify the leadership of any misconduct. Knowing that this may be difficult for some, this form is anonymous. If you wish to receive a response to any of your comments, please send us your name and email address here.

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