Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

To advance equity in brain health, GBHI recognizes and embraces the need to grow and promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB). These are core ideals of GBHI and they are key to our success and to the implementation of effective strategies that will protect the brain health of disadvantaged communities. 

By focusing on vulnerable populations disproportionately affected by dementia and prioritizing initiatives that can make a difference to these communities, GBHI endorses and amplifies the ideals of DEIB.

Atlantic Senior Fellows Lingani Mbakile-Mahlanza and Maira Okada de Oliveira with GBHI Faculty member Lea Grinberg
Atlantic Fellow Gabri Christa speaking to the room on a microphone

GBHI recognizes the importance of DEIB in the following ways:

  • Selection and recruitment are targeted towards building a community of diverse fellows, faculty, and staff, composed of people from many different countries and professions, united by the common goal of improving brain health globally.
  • Leadership reflects our global diversity, our ambitions of equity, and the communities we serve.
  • Equity Awards, awarded annually, support innovative research and projects focused on brain health and dementia prevention in underserved communities.
  • The Global Atlantic Community, led by the Atlantic Institute, includes seven interconnected Atlantic Fellows programs, including Atlantic Fellows for Equity in Brain Health, each committed to different aspects of equity. 
  • The founding sites of GBHI are dedicated to instilling the ideals of DEB in our respective communities. Read more about efforts to build welcoming and supportive communities at UCSF and Trinity
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Training is part of the training for GBHI community members.
  • Diversity Champions, founded in 2019, is a dedicated team of GBHI community members supporting personal and program growth in this space.

Our mission to improve brain health for populations across the world is firmly seated in working compassionately with all people, including vulnerable and underserved populations, to improve outcomes and promote dignity for all.

— Victor Valcour, Executive Director

Othering and Belonging

Brain science shows us why we should favor belonging over othering. This video in the Citizen Brain series is hosted by Josh Kornbluth, an Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health at GBHI.

Musician walking down street in Havana, Cuba
Older woman smiling at camera