Diversity & Inclusion

The Princeton Neuroscience Institute is committed to fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment for researchers from all backgrounds. Backgrounds include but are not limited to political views, religion, national or ethnic origin, race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, veteran status, disability, research discipline, history of conviction or incarceration, socioeconomic status, and educational history. We strive to create an environment that makes interactions and collaborations enjoyable and fulfilling while also eliminating discrimination, harassment, exploitation, and intimidation. We affirm that promoting diversity is an active process that requires engagement.

We seek to promote awareness of perspectives that may have been previously inaccessible (or less prominent) to groups traditionally represented in scientific research environments. We affirm that diversification requires cultural, experiential, and ideological representation as well as increasing the number of researchers and students from underrepresented groups. We aim to foster an environment where various perspectives are valued because they serve to advance the Institute’s academic excellence and intellectual capacity, and will contribute to a more productive and respectful professional environment.


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University and Institute resources available to report a concern: https://pni.princeton.edu/community/reporting-concern


Community Principals

Our principles as a community are:

  • Respect and support department members
  • Commit to inclusion
  • Take initiative

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Climate & Inclusion Committee

The Princeton Neuroscience Institute formed the Climate and Inclusion Committee in the Spring of 2019. The overarching goal of this committee is to ensure that PNI that is an inclusive, respectful, and welcoming place to work and learn.

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Brain Womxn Advocating Visibility and Equity in Science (brainWAVES) is building an equitable professional experience in the Princeton Neuroscience Institute and the Department of Psychology by providing a platform and safe community to discuss the occupational challenges faced by womxn*, educating about strategies to eliminate gender-based disadvantages, and ensuring that everyone has knowledge of, and access to, resources for responding to misconduct.

* womxn: used, especially in intersectional feminism, to be explicitly inclusive of trans and nonbinary women and women of color.

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EPSP (Empowering diversity and Promoting Scientific equity at PNI) aspires to build and support an inclusive, accessible, and diverse community for underrepresented groups and their allies at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute. EPSP aims to empower and support equity amongst undergraduate and graduate students, post-docs, and research staff from first-generation, low-Income, and racial and/or ethnic underrepresented groups in neuroscience. Additionally, EPSP celebrates intersectionality and strives to advocate for and welcome all underrepresented groups, including individuals who are neurodiverse, medically disabled, and/or LGBTQIA+. EPSP is committed to offering personal, academic, and professional development opportunities, shaping spaces for networking and community-building, facilitating discussions of issues about barriers to diversity and inclusion in neuroscience, and organizing community outreach.

EPSP also offers support for prospective applicants. Please sign up if you would like help in preparing your Princeton University application materials.

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Outreach Programs

Diversity and Outreach in PNI is designed to cultivate partnerships with educational and community-based organizations. We have the interest to add diversity to our Neuroscience community. We would like for students in underserved communities to gain exposure and opportunities in neuroscience as early as possible and to be prepared, qualified and motivated about science.

We are looking for volunteers to assist in cultivating a partnership with students in underserved communities to give exposure and hands-on opportunities in neuroscience.

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