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Black In Neuro

celebrating Black excellence in neuroscience-related fields

about us

Black In Neuro is a soon-to be non-profit organization that was born in July 2020 in response to the brutal murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd and the prevalence of anti-black racism in society, seen notably with the New York Central Park incident with Christian Cooper. The latter birthed #BlackBirdersWeek which became the catalyst for #BlackBotanistsWeek #BlackInAstroWeek and our own movement #BlackInNeuroWeek. #Black initiatives are not new, and

we celebrate those who came before us such as #BlackAndSTEM. With this foundation laid and the events of 2020 as a driving force our response is mass collective mobilization.

Owing our existence to a "call to action" tweet from our President and Founder Angeline Dukes, 16 Black and 6 non-Black neuroscientists across various stages of the academic pipeline responded and began planning #BlackInNeuroWeek. This celebration of Blackness within the neurosciences blossomed with a viral promotional video (seen over 140,000 times on Twitter), millions of engagements via Twitter and Instagram and the collation of over 300 profiles of Black neuroscientists on Blackinneuro.com. The success and reach of Black in Neuro with engagement in over 80 countries has led us to go about becoming a permanent fixture within the world of neuroscience and STEM and push towards diversity, equity and inclusion representation, accountability, and justice within academia.

With our movement, we will promote the visibility of Black neuroscientists, advocate for improved retention within our field and galvanize non-Black allies to join us in creating this change. We will lift as we climb, continue to grow and cultivate our community and inspire the next generation to succeed and surpass us. We are Black In Neuro!

Screenshot of Black In Neuro founding team, on a Zoom call in gallery view, smiling wide.

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