Faculty & Trainee Statements & Involvement in DEI Work

Faculty & Trainees Active in DEI Work

My approach to DEI work begins with the acknowledgement that it requires learning, reflecting, and acting and that all three are necessary for authenticity in one’s actions. I believe that all interactions, including effective mentorship, begin with advocating for an environment of open communication and mutual respect. As PI of a lab and elsewhere, it is important for me to act in ways that promote respect, empathy, and an inclusive and equitable environment where all individuals can thrive. Continued learning and reflection is required to help me achieve authenticity in my actions.

  • BEHN Diversity Committee member (since July 2020)
  • Co-directed course “Promoting Anti-Racism in Higher Education” (Winter 2021)
  • Attended “Provost’s lecture featuring Ibram X. Kendi: A Conversation About How to be an Anti-Racist” (April 2021)
  • Completed “Anti-Racism for White People” Program (Spring 2022)
  • Attended “Lunch & Learn: Creating Equity Every Day” (August 2022)
  • Completed “OHSU Mentorship Academy” (April 2021)

My philosophy for DEI work is facilitating collaborative discussion from people across different racial, idealistic, developmental, and personal backgrounds to make us think outside of ourselves and learn and reflect on the experiences and needs of other people. Creating an open and respectful environment that can accept we have things to learn and improve on is critical to building a supportive and inclusive community.

  • BEHN Diversity Committee Member (Since 2021)
  • Alliance for Visible Diversity in Science Operations Committee (Since 2020)
  • Safer Space for BLM tech team
  • Completed “Promoting Anti-Racism in Higher Education” Course

As a Latina in science, I believe increasing representation of historically underserved groups is indispensable. I am committed to the ongoing process of achieving an equitable and inclusive environment in and out of academia. My approach is to practice active listening, amplify voices, and create space for future generations to find their own.

  • OHSU BEH Diversity Committee Member (Since July 2021)
  • University of Michigan Neuroscience Institute DEI Committee Member (Fall 2017-2020)
  • University of Michigan SACNAS Chapter Board Member (Fall 2017-2019)

As a Latino (Portuguese-speaking Brazilian) neuroscience researcher, I believe that strong diversity in science is critical not only to address the historical biases and lack of fairness in the selection and support for underserved minorities in research, but also to increase diverse and creative thinking in science. Open communication and respect for divergent opinions is critical to foster a diverse and vibrant research community that is better prepared to engage in productive research activities, while also identifying and preventing sources of discriminatory behavior and bias.

  • Helped to create the BEHN Diversity Committee in 2020
  • Member of the BEHN Diversity Committee since 2021
  • Member of the AVDS faculty committee 
  • Attended the “Promoting Anti-Racism in Higher Education” course, Winter 2021
  • Member of the Anti-Racism Community of Learning

My strategy for DEI work is typically to create spaces for others to feel safe and comfortable discussing problems and potential solutions. In the past I typically avoided leadership roles in DEI, feeling my lack of experience and formal education made me a poor choice for a very critical role. However, in recent years it’s become clear that verbal affirmations and more passive support is insufficient. So, going forward I am trying to dedicate myself to more direct action and participation. I hope to focus my future DEI work on motivating my peers and community to do the same.

  • BEHN Diversity Committee member (since Spring 2022)
  • Attended course “Promoting Anti-Racism in Higher Education” (Winter 2021)
  • Member of AVDS operation committee (since Summer 2020)
  • Completed course: Reading Prose Fiction: Margins and Centers: Who's In, Who's Out, & Why that matters for all of us (Autumn 2015, UW)