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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Kafui Dzirasa, MD, PhD
Thursday, May 31, 2018