Diversity Initiatives

The Department of Neuroscience at Hopkins is committed to advancing diversity and inclusion in neuroscience at all levels.

We recognize the need for diligent, continuous efforts to create and support a diverse community of neuroscientists in order to generate the most creative and innovative science.

More than a decade ago, the department instituted a Chair of Diversity and Cultural Competency, a faculty member who spearheaded efforts to encourage people of diverse backgrounds to come to Hopkins for graduate school, postdoctoral fellowships, staff and faculty positions. These initial efforts have evolved and grown. Today, Hopkins Neuroscience hosts two engaged committees, the Department of Neuroscience Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) and the Student Diversity Committee (SDC). The CDI consists of faculty members, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students and meets approximately every two months to plan and coordinate various initiatives. The SDC, which consists entirely of graduate students, was founded in 2017 to organize the large number of students committed to diversity. The SDC works jointly with the CDI as well as independently on its own initiatives, all with the common goal of improving diversity in Hopkins Neuroscience as well as in the broader scientific community. The committees also coordinate outreach efforts to the broader community around Baltimore and to area schools.

We believe that the most creative communities include representatives from a broad range of perspectives who actively support and learn from one another. We strive to tackle challenges faced by groups such as underrepresented races and ethnicities in science, LGBTQ+ individuals, persons from low socioeconomic status, persons with disabilities, women, immigrants, and international students, among others. We welcome you to join our program and further our commitment to a diverse and inclusive community.

  • Neuroscience Department Statement Against Systemic Racism
  • Summer Internship Program (SIP)
  • Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP)
  • Doctoral Diversity Program (DDP)
  • Johns Hopkins Neuroscience Scholars Program (JHNSP)
  • Johns Hopkins Internship in Brain Sciences Program (JHIBS)
  • Accepted Students’ Second Look Visit
  • Conference Outreach
  • Graduate Life Advisor
  • URM Panel & Happy Hour
  • Cientifico Latino Application Preparation Initiative
  • Recruitment Seminars
  • Other Diversity Efforts