(all seminars via Zoom)


 Aug 19, 2021

12:00 p.m.

Guest:  Julian McNeil, MSEd

Program Manager, DGSOM Anti-Racism Roadmap

Topic:  Overview of the DGSOM Anti-Racism Roadmap, insights on organizational/departmental change, and ways that the department, including non-research staff, can advance JEDI work


October 21, 2021

12:00 p.m.

Guest:  David McIntosh, PhD

Vice Dean for Justice, Equity, and Diversity Inclusion (JEDI) – DGSOM

Topic:  Overview of JEDI Vision and Interactive Activity/Discussion on “Disrupting Microagressions”


Dec 9, 2021

12:00 p.m.

Guest:  Natalie Perry, PhD

Program Lead, DGSOM Cultural North Star

Topic:  DGSOM Cultural North Star:  new directions and how it will work with the Anti-Racism Roadmap and JEDI


More to come in 2022!

Recruiting two tenure-track faculty at the Assistant Professor level in the field of Neuroscience

UCLA is recruiting two tenure-track faculty at the Assistant Professor level in the field of Neuroscience. One position is in the David Geffen School of Medicine with an appointment in the Department of Neurobiology and the other position is in the College of Letters and Science, Division of Life Sciences with a split appointment in the Department of Integrative Biology & Physiology and the Institute for Society and Genetics. Successful candidates will be evaluated by the respective units/departments in which they are appointed. These positions were created in partnership with the Ralph J. Bunche Center as part of the campus-wide effort to rise to the challenge expanding scholarship in the areas of racial and social justice at UCLA, sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor and the Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost. Both appointments have the opportunity to be affiliated with the UCLA Brain Research Institute.

We seek candidates whose research addresses fundamental biological, environmental, or social mechanisms influencing the nervous system that affect health, well-being, resilience, and/or physiology in Black individuals and communities living in a racialized society. Successful candidates will exhibit interdisciplinary skills and aspire to work at the intersection of neuroscience, biology, and society. Preference will be given to applicants who have strong academic scholarship, potential for joining or leading initiatives that address the health of Black communities and a strong record/potential for mentoring trainees from diverse backgrounds.

Applicants must have a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree in any relevant discipline and are encouraged to apply one or both positions. For the latter, the same documents may be uploaded to both links. To apply, candidates are directed to the website where they will be able to search for the position under JPF06811 and JPF06815. The following materials are required: 1) full curriculum vitae; 2) a description of research plans (≤ 3 pages); 3) a statement on teaching, mentoring, and community engagement (1-2 pages); 4) a statement on contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion (1-2 pages); 5) 3-5 letters of reference. Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. We highly encourage applications from women, underrepresented minorities, and individuals with a commitment to mentoring underrepresented groups in the sciences.

Selected applicants will be invited to present their research at a 2-day symposium at UCLA on December 13 and 14, 2021.

Cultural North Star: The shared values of the David Geffen School of Medicine (DGSOM) are expressed in the Cultural North Star, which was developed by members of our community and affirms our commitment to doing what’s right, making things better, and being kind. These are the standards to which we hold ourselves, and one another. Please read more about this important DGSOM program at

Anti-racism Roadmap: The David Geffen School of Medicine Anti-racism roadmap is our co-created path to ensuring racial justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. We are committed to actively dismantling structural racism in our organization as described in more detail at

Congratulations to Ceazar Nave for receiving the IRACDA@UCLA Fellowship

Congratulations to Ceazar Nave, Ph.D., postdoctoral scholar in the laboratory of Jeff Donlea in the Dept of Neurobiology, for receiving the Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award at UCLA Fellowship.

The IRACDA Program at UCLA supports postdoctoral scholars in the biological sciences who have a demonstrated interest in teaching, research, mentoring, and supporting diversity in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. IRACDA combines a traditional mentored postdoctoral research experience with an opportunity to develop academic skills, including teaching, with pedagogical training provided through CEILS workshops and CIRTL courses, as well as faculty mentored teaching assignments at our partner institution, California State University Los Angeles (CSULA). The program is expected to facilitate the progress of postdoctoral candidates toward research and teaching careers in academia. The program is sponsored through Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA), supported by the division of NIGMS at NIH. A major goal of IRACDA is to produce a workforce in STEM with a strong commitment to teaching diverse undergraduates, particularly at institutions that have a history of training students underrepresented in higher education. In addition to motivating the next generation of scientists at our partner institution, another goal of IRACDA is to foster interactions between UCLA and CSULA faculty that can lead to further collaborations in research and teaching.