The Friedman Brain Institute

Diversity in Neuroscience

A lot has been written recently about diversity issues in science. Compared with two decades ago, women are now well represented among medical and graduate students, postdocs, and assistant professors. However, despite these gains, we still have a small 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. This Town Hall initiates a discussion this academic year for the Friedman Brain Institute to formulate positive steps by 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 Safe Work Environment

The Friedman Brain Institute has 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.

Upcoming Events

A Celebration of Ben Barres (1954-2017): The Life of a Transgender Scientist
October 7, 2019, 5-6pm (reception to follow) Davis Auditorium, Host: Sarah Montgomery, Moderator: Sandra Masur
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Dr. Alan Arnold, Director of Research Development, MSI STEM Research & Development Consortium (MSRDC)
Nov 12, 2019, 4pm, Hess Seminar Room B, Host: Eric Nestler
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Marja M. Hurley, MD
Title: TBD
Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Host: Reginald Miller
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