The human brain consists of approximately 86 billion neurons, which underlie our every thought, action, and emotion. Hundreds of neuronal cell types – distinguished by morphology, neurotransmitter content, firing patterns, and synaptic profiles – underlie the rich repertoire of brain activity responsible for our unique identities. Similarly, diversity in our communities underlies the rich repertoire of our collective perspectives, experiences, and interactions. As neuronal diversity gives rise to the beautiful complexity that makes each of unique, we likewise benefit from embracing the diversity in our communities.
Throughout my academic life, I have engaged in a wide range of community leadership, educational outreach, and professional development activities in an effort to embrace and foster more diverse, equitable, and inclusive spaces for all students, staff, and faculty.