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Values and Actions: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

As a leading neuroscience and brain research institute, The Picower Institute for Learning and Memory’s excellence can only be as strong as the diversity of our community. We must work together to provide an inclusive and equitable culture invested in the well-being and advancement of every member.

We care about the mental and physical health of our students, faculty, and staff above all else. We will vigorously combat racism, discrimination, bias and harassment on the basis of nationality, ethnicity, gender identity/expression, religion, belief, age, sexual orientation, or disability.

New Commitments with Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Together with fellow leaders of the MIT neuroscience community, Picower Director Li-Huei Tsai announced several new actions and commitments in June 2020 to recognize, understand, and address systemic racism in our own community and society at large.

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Yet we acknowledge that we are not as diverse and inclusive as we strive to be. And we know that true anti-racism, equal opportunity and allyship with underrepresented minority members of our community requires action, not just words. So as we come together as an Institute to build our future, we are committing to doing the sustained work needed to broaden our outreach and recruitment, to make our climate more welcoming and inclusive, and to ensure we are a place where people from every background thrive professionally and personally.

This page will be a space for sharing what we’re doing and tracking our progress along the way – transparently and accountably.

Watch this space. We’ll be working on ourselves and our future.

Working together

We are not alone. We are joined in these values and actions with a broader community. To learn more about the values and actions we share with our affiliates across MIT please visit their pages:

Video: Li-Huei Tsai on diversity and inclusion in neuroscience

As part of a series of interviews by the Alba Network, Picower Institute Director Li-Huei Tsai discussed her research, her career path and her views on diversity and equality in her working environment and in brain research in general.