Diversity and Inclusion Resources

The Neuroscience Training Program is dedicated to promoting education and understanding of difficult topics like racism, bias, and privilege both in science research and beyond. Below are resources to further education on these issues that have been collected from webinars, training programs, and independent research.

Personal Stories

For Black Scientists, the Sorrow is Also Personal” – Dr. Kafui Dzriasa’s story about being a trailblazer in the field of psychiatry, but his fears that coincide with being a black academic in America give great insight into today’s world. He discusses the consequences racial bias in science research.

Madison 365 Virtual Town Hall” – Black Leaders in Madison discuss George Floyd’s murder, daily trauma, COVID-19, and other issues that disproportionately affect the black community.

Neil Degrasse Tyson Speaks on Being Black, and Women Scientist” – Neil speaks on being a minority in a white male dominated society, specifically in science.

What I’ve Learned About Being a Black Scientist” – An Ivy League Black scientist discusses privilege and challenges of life that come as being a Black scientist in America, and what his vision is for the future.


What Black scientists want from colleagues and their institutions” – Black academics in science and beyond have curated a list of actions steps that white colleagues can do to create a safer space to have difficult conversations, conduct research, and bring in more diversity to lab spaces.

Mitigating Implicit Bias: Tools for the Neuroscientist” – A group of experts from various specialties of academics put together resources to address implicit biases in academia.

Becoming Anti-Racist” – A powerpoint put together by graduate students Angeline Dukes and Elena Dominguez, and faculty member Dr. Autumn Ivy, at UC-Irvine.

Fostering Diversity and Inclusion in Neuroscience Faculty” – A recording of a webinar that covers enhancing diversity within faculty of neuroscience programs, the myths surrounding it, and how to navigate the challenges.

Increasing Women in Neuroscience Toolkits” – Short, 30-minute trainings on how to increase awareness on issues women face in neuroscience academia.

Diversifying the Field Through Mentorship and Scientific Exposure” – An interview of an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School on the importance of mentorship and the impact it had on his career.

Responding To Injustice – A Message for our Non-Black Allies Who Want To Join the Struggle” – Video to address privilege, give action steps to white allies, speaking out against systems of racism, and putting the putting the black community in front of the movement.

97 Things White People Can do for Racial Justice” – List of resources on how to combat racism at all levels.

Actions to take to Address Microaggressions” – A PDF document that gives you tool to address comments you may overhear that are biased towards people of color.

How to Be Anti-Racist – 2020 Election and Beyond” – Dr. Ibram X Kendi, Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, author, and activist, is hosting a live Zoom Call on September 1oth at 6 p.m. discussing ways to be actively anti-racist in your daily life. 

Support & Wellness

Wellness Resources from the Office of Intramural Training and Education” – Resources developed and collected in response to COVID-19. Discusses how to cope with stress, support yourself, and be resilient in these trying times.

NINDS Building Up the Nerve Podcast” – Resource to help navigate the application process of NIH grants and funding.

COVID-19: Information for NIH Applicants and Recipients of NIH Funding” – This page will be continuously updated as information becomes available.

Supporting Emotional Well-Being in Trainees” – A webinar that will help garner support for graduates students mental health, wellness, support for at-risk communities, and implement initiatives and resources for students with complex needs.

Madison Specific Resources

Wisconsin Union Social Justice Hub Resources – A curated list of groups, events, and other resources that a specific the city of Madison and the University.

Supporting Our Black Communities – List of Black owned businesses in Madison, resources created by black leaders, Madison based charities and non-profits, and educational resources.

Madison Black Chamber of Commerce Black Business Directory – List of Black Owned businesses in the greater Madison area – both sorter alphabetically and and index by category.

Building A More Inclusive Campus – A conversation between UW-Madison leader on inclusivity in higher education, specifically in the midwest and in Madison. Addresses what needs to be done and what is in progress on campus to be mindful about diversity and inclusivity.

Additional Resources Can Be Found Here.

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