Accountability, 2024 HBCU Neurosciences Career Day, PrIMES, BOOST

By Andrew Spector


Good morning, Folks.

Here is the D&I update for July. Thankfully, there’s a bit less national news to cover this month, so we can focus more on the department.

Each year, we pick a theme and target our projects around an EDI goal. These have included the following: 

  • Transparency 
  • Accountability 
  • Equity 
  • Community 
  • Empowerment 

This year, the D&I Committee voted for another year of Accountability. We will cycle back to the projects we completed 4 years ago and reassess how we are doing. This will include a departmental census, a D&I satisfaction survey, a pay equity analysis, and more. Stay tuned over the course of the upcoming year for results.


Save the date:  

April 6, 2024 will be our 2nd annual HBCU Neurosciences Career Day. It was a huge success this year, and we’re hoping to grow next year, which will mean more volunteers from the department. 


One of our residents, Maria Minor, would like to invite you to participate in the PrIMES program to mentor high school and college students from underrepresented groups in medicine to help them through the application process to medical school. PrIMES is recruiting current residents, fellows, and new (<3 years) attendings to participate. Visit their website for more information or to apply to be a mentor.

Will Alexander reports an outstanding response to his call for BOOST participation. If you are interested in joining that group, contact Will and he’ll give you more details.  


Also from Will Alexander, he has put together new websites for APPs and staff members with bios and resources for these groups. You can reach these pages from the department home page.

We also have a new website devoted to equity, diversity, and inclusion for our residents and fellows.