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  1. 1. Lauren Fink & Millie Copara Neuroscience Graduate Group SOMA: Seminar Outreach for Minority Advocacy
  2. 2. 1. U.S. Census Bureau. Population Estimates. 2010 2. Sved, A.F., Society for Neuroscience, 2011. Percentage of Minorities in Neuroscience Programs vs. U.S. Population Students and faculty lack models of minority success ● From 2011 survey report of 97 Neuroscience graduate programs in the United States ● Demographics within neuroscience vastly mismatch the actual distribution of minority communities within the United States population ● This hasn’t changed much in the last ~30 years
  3. 3. “You can’t be what you can’t see” - Sally Ride
  4. 4. Seminar Outreach for Minority Advocacy Provides a platform for scientific researchers to share a diverse set of ideas and perspectives as well as sharing their journeys in academia Seminar Lunch Meetings Dinner Event Structure: 15 min – Academic Journey 45 min – Research Talk Candid dialogue with students Make research connections with UCD faculty Further connection w/ faculty + students
  5. 5. Evaluation Pre- and post- seminar series surveys assessing participants’ perspectives on diversity-related issues in academia and neuroscience 6 months later: survey to evaluate whether any formidable mentorship connections were established, or professional networks supplemented, by the seminar speakers’ visits.
  6. 6. Impact Enhance the visibility of underrepresented scientists and their research Give them a broader platform to reach the scientific community, especially aspiring young scientists - aligning with Goal 3 of UCD Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan Facilitate candid dialogue between underrepresented faculty and students - aligning with Goal 4 of the Strategic Plan Establish research connections between our invited speakers and researchers at UC Davis
  7. 7. Thank you for your attention! Questions? Acknowledgements: - Lillian Cruz-Orengo, Center for the Advancement of Multicultural Perspectives on Science (CAMPOS) Faculty Scholar - Marty Usrey, Center for Neuroscience - Cristeta Rillera, Center for Neuroscience - Steve Lee, Graduate Diversity Officer of STEM Disciplines
  8. 8. Budget & Timeline Estimated Fees for one speaker/seminar: Transportation/ Flight …… $550 Hotel ….. $200 Food (catered lunch & reception).. $250 Food (catered dinner).. $250 __________________________________ Total (one seminar) $1,250 X 4 speakers/seminars __________________________________ $5,000 May 2017: appoint graduate student hosts and organizing committee June 2017: Send out speaker invitations July 2017: Book all travel and accommodations ($3000) August 2017: Develop advertisement for the seminar series and begin advertising September 2017: Book catering for all talks ($2000). Organize speakers’ schedules (e.g. pick up, meetings with other faculty, etc.) October 2017: Seminars 1 and 2 November 2017: Seminar 3 December 2017: Seminar 4 Timeline for Expenditure

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  • Establish mismatch
    Matters because:
    (students and profs)
    Higher percentage than who they’re exposed to
    Instead could say we are x% and we want to highlight and retain people we do have and promote underrep minority success
  • Few underrepresented minorities are invited to give seminars in our Neuroscience department, creating an illusion among our group that success as a minority is rare - a sentiment counter to the stated goals in the Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan.
    Equitable representation in potential mentors and role models promotes success for everyone
  • Seminar begins w/ personal story
    Lunch for students only
    Meetings with groups, students, and faculty across campus
    Dinner with students and faculty

    Faculty will be from varying status - associate, assistant, full professor

    Half of these speakers will be from cellular or systems neuroscience backgrounds, while the other half will be from social neuroscience, speaking on their research related to the neuroscience of implicit bias, race relations, gender, etc.

    Patricia Devine
    Tiffany Ito
    Beverly Daniel Tatum
    Jennifer Kubota
    Nilanjana Dasgupta
    Ben Barres
  • We will assess the impact on their personal academic aspirations, their identity as an ally for underrepresented minorities, and their likelihood of involvement in inclusion-related initiatives.
  • upholding Goals 3 and 4 of the UC Davis Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan
    Goal 3: advance a climate that fosters inclusion excellence
    Goal 4: promote diversity and inclusion approaches and frameworks in research, teaching, public service and training across campus and in neighboring communities