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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

Todd Coleman

Associate Professor of Bioengineering and, by courtesy, of Electrical Engineering
Phillip Kyriakakis, Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute

Phillip Kyriakakis

Senior Basic Life Research Scientist, Bioengineering

Quan Dong Nguyen, MD, MSc

Professor of Ophthalmology and, by courtesy, of Pediatrics and of Medicine (Immunology & Rheumatology)

Erin Gibson

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Sleep Medicine)

Jill Wentzell

Executive Director, Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute