Diversity and Inclusion Mission

Influential Person Highlight of the Month

Dr. Flores Neimann is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Northern Texas. After she experienced a hostile climate rife with racism and sexism in her first faculty appointment, she became interested in more narrative-based work, and in administrative leadership. Those interests led her to publish a narrative about her first experience (The Making of a Token, 1999), and later, produce Presumed Incompetent: Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia (2012) with Gabriella Gutierrez y Muhs, Carmen Gonzalez, and Angela Harris. Her scholarship has focused generally on critical race psychology and more specifically, on the role that macro, socio-ecological, contextual forces play in:

  •  Tokenization of Faculty of Color

  •  Faculty development and job satisfaction

  •  The recognition and impact of microaggressions

  • The generation and maintenance of stereotypes

  •  Intergroup perception and relations; pedagogy for courses on social psychology and race

**Courtesy of the Diversity & Inclusion Work Group in the BraIN Lab**

UWM BraIN Laboratory Diversity and Inclusion Mission

The UWM BraIN Laboratory is committed to promoting diversity and fostering an inclusive, equitable, and welcoming environment. We recognize that diversity is broad and includes a range of identities, including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, sex assigned at birth, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, religious affiliation, nationality, age, and socioeconomic status. We are committed to anti-racist and anti-discrimination attitudes and actions.

Utilizing a multi-tiered approach, we strive to integrate this mission across several domains such as the lab environment, student recruitment and mentorship, research design and analysis, participant engagement, developing community relationships and collaborations, and dissemination of research findings back to community partners (e.g., parents, youth, educators, mental health providers, medical professionals, policymakers, and other scientists).

Importantly, we recognize that education, training and self-growth in the areas of diversity and inclusion is an ongoing, lifelong process. We agree to approach this process with cultural humility, self-reflection, education, and accountability. We aim to increase diversity in psychology by reducing barriers to research, promoting mentorship and funding opportunities for underrepresented students, and supporting/amplifying the scholarship of marginalized clinicians and scientists. We also aim to utilize the research environment to cultivate growth in undergraduate students who are a part of disenfranchised communities, and provide the resources needed for those who are new to world of research. We often have volunteer and paid research assistant positions, starting at entry-level positions for students without research experience (other relevant work experience, such as volunteering with youth, is encouraged). If interested, email the BraIN lab at uwmbrainlab@gmail.com.

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UWM Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge in Milwaukee that we are on traditional Potawatomi, Ho-Chunk and Menominee homeland along the southwest shores of Michigami, North America’s largest system of freshwater lakes, where the Milwaukee, Menominee and Kinnickinnic rivers meet and the people of Wisconsin’s sovereign Anishinaabe, Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Oneida and Mohican nations remain present.