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Diversity Commission members include University and departmental leadership, faculty, students, alumni, administrative staff, and a community leader. The commission believes diversity is essential for excellence in science. Our programs address issues related to diversity and inclusion in the field of neuroscience.

Del Monte Institute Proclamation

From mission to action to impact!

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The Commission is action oriented! At our inception in June, we identified three over-arching action areas (shown above) as the spaces we want our work to impact. Within those areas, the priorities which guide our programming are:

  • Build an inclusive and equitable culture.
  • Increase the recruitment and retention of minority faculty.
  • Increase the recruitment and retention of underrepresented students.
  • Build community connections.

 

Photo of Manuel Gomez-RamirezManuel Gomez-Ramirez, PhD
   *2020
Commission Chair
Assistant Professor
Depts. Brain & Cognitive Sciences and Neuroscience

Photo of Adrienne MorganAdrienne Morgan, PhD
   *2020
Vice President for Equity and Inclusion and Richard Feldman Chief Diversity Officer
University of Rochester

Photo of Shaun NelmsShaun Nelms, EdD
   *2020
Vice President for Community Partnerships
University of Rochester

Photo of Victoria PopovVictoria Popov
   *2020
Neuroscience Graduate Program

Photo of Bryan RedmondBryan Redmond
   *2020
Medical Scientist Training Program (MD, PhD)

Photo of Nathan Smith, Ph.D.Nathan A. Smith, PhD
   *2020
Associate Professor
Dept. of Neuroscience
Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion in Research and Research Education in the School of Medicine and Dentistry

Photo of Kelsie Smith-HaydukKelsie Smith-Hayduk
   *2020
Public Relations
Department of Neuroscience

Photo of Rianne StowellRianne Stowell, PhD
   *2020
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dept. of Neuroscience

Photo of Benjamin Suarez-JimenezBenjamin Suarez-Jimenez, PhD
   *2020
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Neuroscience

Photo of Kathryn ToffoloKathryn Toffolo
   *2020
Neuroscience Graduate Program

Photo of John Gonzalez-AmorettiJay Gonzalez-Amoretti
   *2021
Neuroscience Graduate Program

Photo of Catalina GuzmanCatalina Guzman
   *2021
Neuroscience Graduate Program

Photo UnavailableRacha El Husseini, MS
   *2022
Senior Financial Analyst
Dept. of Urology

Photo of Claire MarinoClaire Marino
Research Assistant
Dept. of Neuroscience

Photo of Pavel RjabtsenkovPavel Rjabtsenkov
Research Assistant
Dept. of Neuroscience

Photo of Leah SheppardLeah Sheppard
   *2022
Neuroscience Graduate Program

Photo of Estephanie BalbuenaEstephanie Balbuena
   *2023
Neuroscience Graduate Program

Photo of Lia Calcines-RodrigyezLia Calcines Rodriguez
   *2023
Neuroscience Graduate Program

Photo of Lauren HablitzLauren Hablitz
   *2023
Department of Neurology and Center for Translational Neuromedicine

Photo of Olympia MathiaparanamOlympia Mathiaparanam
   *2023
Brain and Cognitive Sciences Graduate Program

Photo of Marissa Terry SobolewskiMarissa Terry Sobolewski
   *2023
Assistant Professor, Departments of Environmental Medicine and Neuroscience

Photo of Samantha SpallinaSamantha Spallina
   *2023
Research Assistant
Dept. of Neuroscience

Photo of Ruby (Quinqzhi) ZengRuby (Qinqzhi) Zeng
   *2023
Brain and Cognitive Sciences Graduate Program

Photo of John Foxe, Ph.D.John Foxe, PhD
   *2020
Ex-officio Commission Member
Director Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience

 

  • Katherine Andersh, PhD, Graduate Student Member, 2020 - 2021
  • Shraddha Shah, PhD, Trainee Member, 2020 – 2022
  • Keshov Sharma, MD, PhD, MSTP Member, 2020 – 2022
  • Monique Mendez, PhD, Department of Neuroscience Alumna Member, 2020 – 2022
  • Ania Majewska, PhD, Department of Neuroscience, 2020 - 2022
  • Tufikameni Brima, PhD, Department of Neuroscience, 2020 - 2023
  • Sarah Latchney, PhD, Department of Neurobiology St. Mary's College of Maryland, 2020 - 2023
  • Elizabeth Berry, Commission Projects Coordinator, 2020 - 2023

We believe this Commission will bring . . .