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Diversity & Inclusion at CTN: Suggestions and Concerns
This form is intended for all members of the Center for Theoretical Neuroscience.

We welcome your suggestions and concerns on how to make the Center a more diverse and inclusive place for everyone.

We encourage you to be as specific as possible while protecting yours and others' identity when describing a first-hand experience, something you witnessed as a third party, or an idea that you feel would improve diversity and inclusion at the Center.

All submissions will be reviewed by the Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

**Please note that your submission may be brought up as a discussion topic at one of our diversity-inclusion meetings.** These meetings are open to all members of the Center. The Diversity and Inclusion Committee will anonymize all identifying characteristics as appropriate prior to the discussion.

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Discrimination today often happens in the form of microaggression - subtle, indirect, or unintentional ways. Some common examples are complimenting non-white people on their "perfect English", the use of the pronoun "guys" to refer to all people, and using statements like "when I see you, I don't see color".
I witnessed or experienced discrimination in a subtle, indirect, or unintentional way
Suggestions on how to make the Theory Center a more diverse and inclusive place
Concerns or experiences at the Theory Center that had an impact on you
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All University faculty members, staff members, and administrators, with the exception of those working in a confidential capacity (e.g., counselors, rape crisis advocates, medical providers, and clergy) who learn of suspected instances of discrimination, harassment or gender-based misconduct, directly or indirectly, have a duty to refer the information immediately to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action or the Gender-Based Misconduct Office.

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