Equity Diversity and Inclusion in Neurobiology

Key components to our success

Duke Neurobiology fosters the pursuit of diverse, cutting-edge ideas by actively recruiting women and underrepresented minorities, including people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community and persons with disabilities. We continue to build diversity in the Neurobiology Graduate Training Program and hope our efforts will encourage more people with diverse backgrounds to consider obtaining doctorates in biomedical science. Within the collaborative neuroscience community at Duke University, we practice inclusiveness and encourage mentorship opportunities for our students, postdocs, staff and faculty to advance their knowledge and success. 

We recognize that our community comes with diverse perspectives, and we respect all of our differences. We are committed to ensuring that members of the community act respectfully to each other and help maintain our safe, welcoming environment. We are committed “to justice, not discrimination; to civil protest, not violence; to authentic dialogue, not rhetoric; and to empathy, not hatred” (Vincent Price, President of Duke).

We strive to provide a safe, welcoming environment to learn, work and excel, and we invite feedback and conversations to continually improve our diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Questions? Email edi_neurobio@duke.edu or any member of the Neurobiology Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Team, listed below.

  • To send anonymous suggestions about Neurobiology Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, use the Diversity and Inclusion Suggestions Form.
  • To anonymously alert the department chair of concerns about professional conduct, scientific conduct, or any other ethical issue, use the department's Whistleblower Form.
  • You may contact Duke’s Office of Institutional Equity (919-684-8222)to report discrimination, harassment, and/or sexual misconduct.

Strategic Plan

Neurobiology Equity Diversity and Inclusion Team

Seth Egger - postdoc, chair

Robin Blazing - student, vice-chair for continuity

Anita Disney - faculty, EDI Leader

Jeremy Kay - faculty

Julianne Krueger - postdoc

Thomas Pomberger - postdoc

Bonnie Bowell - staff

Hazel Jackson - staff

Stuart Behling - student

Jennifer Li - student

Sara Gannon - student

Lucas Bellaiche - student

Daniel Quintero - student

Alev Brigande - student

Ned Kan - student

Equity Diversity and Inclusion at Duke University

The Duke University Office of Graduate Student Affairs (GSA) and the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Advancement, and Leadership in the Sciences​ (IDEALS) Office for the School of Medicine work together to coordinate, supplement and expand the recruiting efforts of all Duke graduate departments and programs. Duke faculty and staff travel across the country to actively seek and recruit talented students from underrepresented groups.

Each year, the Duke University Graduate School awards approximately 35 Dean's Graduate Fellowships to the strongest students from underrepresented groups. The fellowship provides a 12-month stipend during the first two years of study and a $5,500 summer stipend or stipend supplement in the third and fourth years of study.  

Through increasing diversity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, Duke strives to create a welcoming work environment where every student and employee is guaranteed equal opportunities to prosper. We believe that diversity is a critical contributor to innovation.