Diversity in Neurology
Nerissa Ko, MD - Vice Chair for Diversity

Brain Camp

Brain Camp

Dr. Josephson explains the structures of the brain at Brain Camp, a free, immersive, week-long experience for underserved high school students in San Francisco. Learn more here.

Diversity Committee

The Neurology Diversity Committee was formed in January 2014 to improve diversity, defined across multiple domains, throughout the department. The committee advises the Hiring and Compensation Committees on equity issues in recruitment/retention and coordinates educational and community activities to increase awareness of diversity issues among faculty, staff, and trainees. The Committee reports to the Chair of the Department and also advises the Director of Administration.


Winston Chiong, MD, PhD - co-Chair
Mercedes Paredes, MD, PhD - co-Chair

Noriko Anderson, MD, MPH
Christine Fox, MD, MAS
Viktoriya Irodenko, MD
Lani Pettersen
Ann Poncelet, MD
Julio Rojas-Martinez, MD, PhD
Neel Singhal, MD, PhD
Sandeepa Sriram, MD
Benjamin Tang, PhD
Charles Windon, MD

Leadership Opportunities

AAMC Leadership Seminars: The in-person AAMC Leadership Seminars have been cancelled for 2020. Please review their course catalog.

AAN Leadership University: Women Leading in Neurology Program (now closed, but subscribe for updates). 

Would you like to be a speaker or mentor? Please contact us.

Message from the
Vice Chair for Diversity

Given recent events, we need as a community to address the healing and recovery needed from the continuing social injustice and racism that pervades our society. Black Americans and others are suffering, and we are compelled to support individuals and to take action while continuing to make our department and campus safe and equitable for all. To facilitate how we can work together and do our part, I have included the resources below from the Office of Diversity and Outreach. Together we can focus on healing, exchanging ideas, and finding our common humanity during these difficult times. As always, I am available to support you and please do not hesitate to contact me.


Nerissa Ko, MD

Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion



Here are some things you can do

  1. Offer support to your learners, faculty and staff who may be suffering.
  2. Listen and engage in discussions about these difficult subjects with your groups.
  3. Learn more about these issues and gain knowledge.
  4. Grow your individual self-awareness (unconscious bias, allyship, microaggression training).
  5. Speak up and be an active ally and partner. 


  1. UCSF Library Guide to Anti-Racism Resources
  2. Unconscious bias education and training
  3. Resources for engaging in anti-racism work
  4. We are living in a racist pandemic
  5. Your Black Colleagues May Look Like They're Okay - Chances are They're Not
  6. Affirming Black Lives Without Inducing Trauma
  7. Vice Chancellor Navarro's Statement on Anti-Blackness
  8. 5 Ways to Show Up For Racial Justice Today
  9. 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice
  10. Dear Bruh. A Eulogy. A Baptism. A Call for Action.
  11. Before You Call the Cops: The Tyler Merritt Project
  12. An Antiracist Reading List
  13. Explain racism and protest to your kids with these books
  14. E-book for kids, "I Want to Be a Neurosurgeon" (in 12 languages)



MLK Day 2021: Black Liberation and Legacy Panel
Tuesday, January 19, 12:00 - 1:00pm

Join the Multicultural Resource Center, Office of Diversity and Outreach to virtually honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with this dynamic panel.

Please register here. For inquiries, please contact [email protected]

Racial Justice and COVID-19
January 28, 6:00 - 7:30pm
The Latinx Center of Excellence SALUD Luminaries Series

This is designed for residents and fellows. Please contact your program director for the Zoom link and password.

See more listings at the UCSF Office of Diversity & Outreach.

Recordings of Recent Events


Town Hall: UCSF United Against Racism - video

UCSF Diversity Initiatives and Resources

UCSF Black Caucus is an instrument of change, community building, and professional support for students, faculty, and staff.

Visiting Elective Scholarship Program (VEP) for fourth-year medical students who are underrepresented in medicine.

Differences Matter: developing and sustaining a culture of equity and inclusion at UCSF.

UCSF's Diversity and Outreach website.

"Injustice and Health" UCSF Teach-in 
with CNN Correspondent Soledad O'Brien (recorded earlier)

Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)

Resource Allocation Program (RAP) Under-Represented Faculty and Senior Fellows for Clinical and Translational Research Award

Take the Implicit Association Test (IAT) online at Project Implicit to discover and measure your attitudes and beliefs toward others.