The Stanford Neurosciences PhD Program believes diversity, inclusion, equity and belonging are essential to the advancement of science and to the development of a vibrant intellectual community. Research and education conducted in the absence of diversity and inclusion of all people and their ideas limits the quality of education, slows the pace of science and our ability to treat diseases and improve lives.
The disparities produced by the history of exclusion of certain groups from science, on the basis of race, gender, sexuality or socioeconomic background, persist today, and it is our duty to commit to ending these injustices. We, the Neuroscience PhD Program (including the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee, strive to correct these inequities, and our work is far from done. We commit to implementing changes within our organization to produce and sustain equity for historically underrepresented groups.
Over the next weeks and months, we call upon ourselves and our community to reevaluate all components of the Neuroscience PhD Program including — but not limited to — our admission process, training and research programs, and leadership in order to identify ways that we can ensure that all voices are heard, and all have equitable access to resources. We welcome and look forward to engagement with all of the Neurosciences PhD Program, Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute, and Departmental communities as part of our evaluation and prioritization-for-change processes.