Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity 

As members of the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Minnesota, we are committed to excellence and compassionate conduct in research, education, and service. We recognize that transformative progress in these domains requires equity of access and opportunity to safe workplaces for all people, regardless of culture, race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, physical capabilities, religious expression, country of origin, or immigration status. As a department, we make an unequivocal commitment to fostering equity and inclusion for students, staff, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty of diverse backgrounds and identities.

We acknowledge that this commitment requires targeted, persistent action and resource allocation across multiple areas:

Departmental Climate

We commit to improving departmental culture to promote the wellbeing of all. In service of that goal, we expect that all members of the community will engage in self education and training to identify personal bias tendencies for improvement. We will regularly assess our workplace climate and the efficacy of initiatives directed toward climate improvement.

Student, Staff, and Faculty Recruitment

We commit to improving equity and inclusivity in our hiring and graduate school admission practices. 

Retention, Mentorship, and Promotion

We recognize that recruiting diverse communities is insufficient without dedicated efforts to retain, mentor, and promote people from underrepresented groups into leadership positions within the department and university. We commit to changing the status quo by amplifying diversity in leadership.

Community Engagement

As researchers and educators, we acknowledge the profound disparities that also exist outside of the academic sphere. We commit to using our platforms and expertise to promote social justice, through access to research, health care, and educational opportunities for people from underrepresented groups.


*As employees at the University of Minnesota, we acknowledge that we live and work on land taken from the native Dakota and Ojibwe people. We acknowledge the history of colonialism and racism in academia and STEM, and commit to counteracting that injustice through inclusive education, research, and service practices.