Univerity of Wisconsin-Madison

Anti-racist pledge

Systemic racism exists in all arenas, including academic neuroscience and psychology. I support the Neuroscience Training Program (NTP) in believing that dismantling the beliefs and policies that perpetuate inequities requires intentional and enduring actions from each and every member of the UW–Madison community. Because scientific excellence thrives when diversity is celebrated, we strive for a world where ALL scientists can lead fulfilling lives without having to overcome discrimination. To further our collective progress towards this goal, I (Brad Postle) pledge:

•to consider my own biases and hold myself accountable for my actions and words, even if uncomfortable

•to intentionally and consistently act to address inequities that I witness or experience

•to engage in life-long learning in the realm of diversity, equity, and inclusion through training and other activities that are documented on a yearly basis.


During the 2020-2021 academic year I have:

• attended the (remote) BlackInNeuro conference in Fall 2020;

• organized a BlackInCogNeuro session for CNS 2021;

• explored the curation of a BlackInCogNeuro-themed Special Focus at the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience and learned about limitations of ally advocacy in this arena;

• worked with NTP ad hoc Equity and Diversity working group to formulate this pledge and related Code of Conduct for the NTP;

• (re-)volunteered to mentor a SfN Neuroscience Scholar;

• learned from committing microaggression in role as Director of Psychology Research Experience Program;

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