Neuroscientists recognize the importance of diversity and that diversity by itself leads to excellence in research.
Realizing the promise of neuroscience will require diverse voices and many perspectives. From its inception in 1969, the Society has led the way in bringing together scientists of diverse backgrounds to achieve this goal, and diversity is integrated into the Society’s mission and strategic plan.
In the U.S., only 7.7 percent of the scientific community is composed of underrepresented minorities. While studies show that minorities share an interest in careers in science and technology at similar rates as white and Asian students, they do not graduate at the same rate. This phenomenon has been labeled the “leaky pipeline.”
Worldwide, scientists from diverse backgrounds are making significant contributions to research, yet confront unique challenges accessing teaching and training resources, and strive to bring unique perspectives to the field’s growing knowledge base. They seek engagement with the global community.