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About the DIBEJ Committee

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The Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute Committee on Diversity, Inclusion, Belonging, Equity and Justice (DIBEJ) listens to input and feedback from our broad community, evaluates institute programs and policies, develops and prioritizes concrete actions on timelines ranging from short-term to long-term, and reports their findings and recommendations to the Executive Committee.

Members include representatives from all levels of affiliation within our community: faculty, postdocs, graduate students, undergraduate students and staff. The committee meets biweekly, and presented their initial recommendations to the Executive Committee on November 1, 2020, and March 1, 2021, with further recommendations to come.

Our Initiatives

Below is a list of some of our new and ongoing initiatives to support DIBEJ principles at the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute.

  1. Updates to the Institute's grantmaking process encourage all faculty to develop goals for increasing diversity, inclusion, belonging, equity and justice in their research groups and at Stanford.

  2. The BELONG program builds community for the next generation of BIPOC scientific leaders.

  3. The NeURO-CC pilot program invites local community colleges students to join our successful NeURO program for Stanford undergraduates.

  4. Our Wu Tsai Neuro community advocate can help community members connect with Stanford resources to resolve challenges impeding their personal and academic success.

  5. The Pathways to Neurosciences program aims to help neuroscience trainees succeed during important transitions in their career progression.


Read our July 2021 Update and Call to Action to the Wu Tsai Neuro community

Contact Us

We welcome anonymous information, experiences and suggestions to improve diversity, inclusion, belonging, equity and justice at Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute. We are listening!

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Diversity, Inclusion, Belonging, Equity and Justice Committee

Marion S. Buckwalter, MD, PhD

Professor of Neurology and of Neurosurgery
Hodan Farah

Hodan Farah

Undergraduate Student, Molecular and Cellular Physiology

Alex Gonzalez

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Neurobiology
Avery Krieger, MBCT Alumni

Avery Krieger

PhD Student
Phillip Kyriakakis, Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute

Phillip Kyriakakis

Senior Basic Life Research Scientist, Bioengineering
Jonathan Laxamana

Jonathan Laxamana

2021 NeURO Trainee
Department of Human Biology

Quan Dong Nguyen, MD, MSc

Professor of Ophthalmology and, by courtesy, of Pediatrics

Tanya Raschke

Director for Planning and Operations
Mari Sosa

Mari Sosa

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Neurobiology

Erin Gibson

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Sleep Medicine)

Jill Wentzell

Associate Director for Programs, Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute