Diversity

PiN strives to create and nurture a community of students from all backgrounds who are dedicated to becoming the next generation of neuroscientists.  We are fully committed to fulfilling the promise of the Harvard Medical School Diversity Statement.  To that end, we offer students the following resources, and support our students in creating new resources when the need arises.

 

  • Underrepresented Students of Neuroscience.  USN seeks to provide community support for students who are underrepresented minorities or who come from underrepresented/non-academic backgrounds. By providing strong peer support and faculty mentorship, USN hopes to combat actively the “imposter syndrome.”  USN additionally seeks to help students strengthen academic backgrounds that might be weak in a particular area by helping them find tutors or study groups. USN welcomes any student who self-identifies as “underrepresented.”

 

  • Harvard-Morehouse Partnership. PiN has partnered with the Morehouse School of Medicine’s (MSM) B.S./M.S. program in Neuroscience to provide opportunities for student and faculty collaboration between our two institutions. A core component of this partnership is the visit of rising MSM Master’s students to Boston for 2-3 weeks during August to participate in the Boot Camp in Quantitative Methods course and professional development activities alongside incoming first-year PiN students. Members of PiN’s Underrepresented Students in Neuroscience (USN) group are integral in planning the visit, during which MSM students are introduced to Harvard Medical School faculty and research areas, become acquainted with Harvard PhD and MD programs, and meet members of the PiN and USN communities in addition to gaining training in quantitative methods.

 

  • ENDURE T32 Recruitment Fair at SfN. The NIH Blueprint initiative “Enhancing Neuroscience Diversity through Undergraduate Research Education Experiences” (ENDURE) provides research opportunities for students from traditionally underrepresented groups, with the goal of preparing students to apply to and be successful in neuroscience Ph.D. programs. Each year, PiN sends program representatives to the annual ENDURE meeting held in conjunction with the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) annual meeting to participate in the T32 Graduate Program Recruitment and Networking Fair. At both the recruitment fair and the ENDURE poster session held later during the SfN meeting, PiN faculty meet with ENDURE scholars to learn about their research and to encourage students to apply to PiN to pursue their graduate training.

 

Harvard Resources

 

  • Minority Biomedical Scientists of Harvard. MBSH is dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion among life sciences students at Harvard.  They offer a variety of community-building and career development events throughout the year; these events bring together graduate students, undergraduates, research assistants and staff at Harvard University and Harvard Medical School.

 

  • W.E.B. Du Bois Graduate Society. The oldest diversity group on campus, the W.E. B. Du Bois Graduate Society serves as a forum for GSAS students to deal with concerns about race and ethnicity.  It has worked with all minority students over the years, and has expanded its mission to include fostering interactions with Harvard’s minority faculty and administrators.

 

  • GSAS Diversity and Inclusion Fellows. GSAS created two positions for graduate students as Diversity and Inclusion Fellows. The Fellows have the opportunity to make significant contributions to supporting underrepresented students at Harvard, and to participating in recruiting and outreach to underrepresented undergraduates.  The program has been so successful that GAS is adding a third Fellow to represent students in the BGLTQ community.
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  • Harvard College Office of BGLTQ Student Life. This office brings together all of the resources available at Harvard for student members of the BGLTQ community.  It is a great resource for finding the many student groups that serve the community, as well as finding resources and groups in the greater Boston area.
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  • Harvard University Native American Program. HUNAP is an interfaculty initiative; as such it brings in Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty from across the university.  Their efforts serve to promote curriculum development on issues relevant to Native Americans, and to engage the Harvard community in outreach activities that address issues important to Native Americans.
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  • Harvard GSAS Latinx Student Association. The Latinx Student Association draws students from across Harvard.  It seeks to build community through academic, social, and cultural events.

​For Further Information

 

 

For the complete HMS Diversity Statement in various languages, as well as a downloadable PDF, click here.

 

Visit DMS's Diversity site here.

 


 

 


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