The Mission Statement of the NSP Diversity Committee

The NSP is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

The NSP Diversity Committee’s mission is to ensure that all NSP members feel equally respected, supported, and treated with dignity despite their differences in race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, disability, age, religion, military/veteran and social status, or income. To accomplish this mission, the Committee makes concerted and on-going efforts to (i) actively examine NSP program’s climate for DEI, (ii) actively promotes recruitment of students, faculty and staff from diverse background, (iii) educate NSP members to identify and mitigate bias, and (iv) develop and implement strategies to elevate equity, embrace diversity, and harness inclusive leadership.

These initiatives will serve as solid and sustainable frameworks to help shift our mindsets and behaviors and promote best practices towards a more equitable and inclusive environment for scientific research and excellence.


The NSP Diversity Committee Members

The NSP is pleased to announce that the Diversity Committee includes our faculty, staff and students and represents diverse groups.

Dr. Hee Jung Chung, Chair (NSP Faculty, Molecular and Integrative Physiology)
Dr. Stephanie Ceman (NSP Faculty, Cell and Developmental Biology)
Dr. Fatima Husain (NSP Faculty, Speech and Hearing)
Dr. Lori Raetzman (NSP Faculty, Molecular and Integrative Physiology)
Dr. Taher Saif (NSP Faculty, Mechanical Science and Engineering)
Dr. Michelle Tomaszycki (NSP Coordinator)
Ms. Stephanie Pregent (NSP Executive Function Manager)
Amara Brinks (NSP Grad Student)
Jonathan Cerna (NSP Grad Student)
Jilai Cui (NSP Grad Student)
Usan Dan (NSP Grad Student)
Chen Huang (NSP Grad Student)

Past NSP Diversity Committee Members

The NSP is thankful to members that have previously served on the committee:

Dr. Janice Juraska, NSP Faculty (2021-2022)
Dr. Daniel McKim, NSP Faculty (2022-2023)

Mickeal Key, NSP Grad Student (2021-2022)
Stephanie Soriano, NSP Grad Student (2021-2022)