Diversity, equity and inclusion are core values, woven into everything we do. We recognize that building a diverse community where everyone is valued is not only enriching but also essential to our success. We define diversity broadly to include race, ethnicity, age, place of origin, gender identity, socioeconomic factors and more.
The department’s Neurology Committee on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (NCEI&B) exists to support, advance and educate the department’s faculty, staff and learners on the value of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging to reach our goals as a world-class academic neurology department. Here is a sampling of its activities.
In recruitment: We seek to improve diversity of all forms among our faculty, staff and trainees. In employee hiring, we are training people to serve as diversity advisors to guide search committees to foster equity in attracting, evaluating and hiring candidates.
In mentorship: We are putting forward those who excel in mentoring, training those who want to develop the skills and being intentional about mentoring individuals from groups underrepresented in medicine.
In research: We are expanding community engagement programs designed to help us focus research to serve community needs.
In departmental planning: We seek input from everyone, including learners. Plans address DE&I in all areas, including core values, internal culture, business development, research goals and professional development.
In staff development: To mirror opportunities such as Grand Rounds that allow faculty to interact and learn from each other, we are creating similar quarterly events for staff.