Diversity in Neuroscience
Compared with two decades ago, women are now well represented among medical and graduate students, postdocs, and assistant professors. However, despite these gains, we still have a small number of senior women faculty and far fewer faculty from under-represented minority groups—at Mount Sinai and nationwide. Recent studies continue to document implicit biases in the scientific workplace, and concerns remain around quality of life issues and obstacles to faculty retention and promotion that affect everyone. We are driving an ongoing discussion within the Friedman Brain Institute — now in its fifth year — to formulate positive steps by which we can make progress in these areas. We cannot solve societal issues, but perhaps we can serve as a smaller focus group and demonstrate the kinds of tangible actions that lead to real improvements.