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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The UC Davis Neuroscience Consortium values a diverse community of scholars with a variety of viewpoints and ideas. We believe that diversity fosters both innovation and excellence- so much that we’ve invested in numerous education, training and outreach efforts to increase the access, mentorship and success of women and underrepresented groups in science.

The Consortium is committed to fostering an inclusive, equitable, safe and enriching environment for our students, staff and faculty. We have an unwavering dedication to promoting success at every academic level. We serve the greater neuroscience community regardless of religion, disability, socioeconomic background, race, gender, age or sexual orientation. We fully embrace the promise of the UC Regents Diversity Statement and the campus’s Principles of Community - pillars for a common vision of diversity and inclusiveness at UC Davis. Consistent with these statements, the Consortium seeks to achieve greater diversity, equity and inclusion. Broad perspectives are absolutely fundamental to creating long-term, relevant solutions to the most pressing health concerns for the rich community we serve.  

    Members of the Neuroscience Consortium have undertaken a wide range of efforts to address implicit and explicit bias, racism and structural inequalities present within our community. Such resources include: 

    • The Seminar Outreach for Minority Advocacy (SOMA) -  initiated by two neuroscience graduate students in 2017, SOMA is a fully student- run organization that highlights the work and stories of underrepresented scientists
    • The Neuroscience Initiative to Enhance Diversity (NIED) -  faculty and student organized event hosted at the Center for Neuroscience that builds community through skill building workshops, mini-lectures on graduate school and the admissions process and peer mentorship. Designed for undergraduates from disadvantaged or underrepresented backgrounds who are interested in pursuing an advanced degree in the neurosciences
    • The Advancing Diversity in Aging Research Program - supports diverse upper division undergraduate students who plan to pursue advanced degrees and research careers in aging-related areas
    • The Advancing Diversity in Neuroscience Research Program - supports diverse upper division undergraduate students who plan to pursue advanced degrees and research careers in neuroscience

    We encourage you learn about how our campus is making strategic investments in diversity, equity and inclusion, read over individual Center and Institute commitments and visit the many additional campus programs, centers and resources:

          Neuroscience Consortium Links

         UC Davis Offices and Councils

         Campus Initiatives

    • UC Office of the President Historically Black Colleges and Universities Initiative - connects faculty and undergraduate scholars at both UC and HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) campuses. Through faculty-guided summer programs students learn how to conduct research and develop professional skills and knowledge of graduate school in a variety of academic disciplines
    • First Generation Grad Initiative - designed to address the needs of first-generation graduate students with a multi-pronged approach involving 1) peer mentorship, 2) professional development, and 3) a series of networking events
    • Center for the Advancement of Multicultural Perspectives on Science (CAMPOS) - seeks to form a community of faculty scholars who bring gender and multicultural perspectives to STEM science. Built on an inclusive environment that is diversity-driven, mentorship-grounded, and career-success focused.  To date, over thirty exceptional ladder-rank faculty comprise the CAMPOS scholar community, including several Consortium affiliates

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