Proactively solicit applications from underrepresented groups
We are all biased. What can we do? The ALBA Declaration on Equity & Inclusion advises to implement unbiased selection, hiring, and assessment, by proactively solicit applications from underrepresented groups. This article provides useful tips & resources on best practices about soliciting diverse applications.
Academic and research institutions seeking women and minority applicants to the student body, faculty, and research positions face numerous challenges to locating potential candidates and attracting responses.
- Conduct a pro-active search and solicit applications, specifically welcoming contact from women and minorities.
- Utilize networks of women and minority conferences for affinity groups to post advertisements.
Examples of best practices:
- Unbiased Recruitment Procedures; Marianne Schmid Mast, 2018, U of Lausanne Haute école de commerce (CH)
- Promising Practices for Addressing the Underrepresentation of Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine; National Academies of Sciences (US)
- BlackInNeuro Mission Statement; Black In Neuro Community (global, US-based)
- If you want more women in your workforce, here’s how to recruit, Nature
- Recruiting Diverse and Excellent New Faculty, Inside Higher ED
Lists of repositories and/or organizations highlighting scientists from underrepresented groups:
- Databases of Databases of Diverse Speakers in STEM
- Anneslist; Highlights female systems neuroscientists, to aid in choosing speakers.
- Women in Neuroscience Repository; To identify and recommend female neuroscientists for conferences, symposia or collaborations.
- Request a Woman in STEMM; 500 Women in Science A resource for journalists, educators, policy makers, scientists, and anyone needing scientific expertise.
- BlackinNeuro Member directory; Promoting Black excellence in neuroscience related fields.
- 500 Queer scientists; A visibility campaign for LGBTQ+ people and their allies working in STEM and STEM-supporting jobs
- World Women in Neuroscience; For true diversity in neuroscience
- The STEM Village; Creating a platform to improve visibility of the LGBTQ+ STEM community around the world.
- Queer in Neuroscience; Network for LGBTQIA+ scientists in Neuro | Highlighting Queer and Trans excellence in all Neuro fields