The MNI is proud to be one of the early organizational signatories on the ALBA Declaration for Equity and Inclusion, reflective of our shared beliefs that “diversity is a fundamental component of excellence in brain sciences, and that access to education, training, resources, mentorship and jobs should be based on an individual’s potential, not on their sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, race, nationality, religion, or culture”.
Alba means sunrise in several languages (e.g., Spanish, Italian), and the ALBA network was named accordingly; as it represents an emerging energy to help catalyze movement towards a definitive change that will allow all brain scientists an equal opportunity to thrive and contribute to the advancement of scientific knowledge. The ALBA Network was founded by a group of leading scientists across the globe with the goals of: 1) promoting best practices and counteracting bias, 2) recognizing outstanding contributions to science and diversity, and 3) providing networking and mentoring opportunities to promote careers for members of underrepresented groups.
The ALBA Network officially launched in January 2021, in conjunction with the Society for Neuroscience virtual meeting (SfN Connectome). We recognize this as one of many steps in declaring our commitment, as an Institute, to improve and enhance our culture surrounding diversity, equity and inclusion. We know that there are many additional steps needed to achieve this goal and look forward to learning from our colleagues across the globe, via the ALBA Network, as we identify and prioritize action items.