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The primary mission of Women and Diversity (WDC) is to support women and minority clinicians, investigators, and  trainees through education, mentorship, and the collection of resources and metrics.

WDC evolved from the combined efforts of Women in Neuro-Oncology and the diversity task force of the clinical trials enrollment working group who acknowledged a critical unmet need in the neuro-oncology community to support each other within this dynamic and evolving sub-specialty. Within this subcommittee, strategies will be developed to support the diverse and evolving needs of our members.  This committee is focused on promoting member engagement, research opportunities, and clinical care. Innovative solutions to the dilemmas faced by our members will be implemented. The Women and Diversity Committee welcomes collaboration with other SNO committees and working groups. 

Working Groups

You are encouraged to be part of a working group. Your expertise and investment are essential! If you are interested in participating in any of the working groups listed below, please contact [email protected].

  • Women in Neuro-Oncology - The mission of this working group is to advance the careers of women in neuro-oncology.  
  • Mentorship and Networking - The mission of this working group is to establish tools for connections and collaboration within neuro-oncology.
  • Abstract and Travel Scholarships - The mission of this working group is to secure funds and partner with the awards committee in the selection of women and underrepresented in medicine (URM) trainees for travel scholarships to the annual meeting.  
  • Metrics - The mission of this working group is to establish surveys to and collect data regarding the unique needs of women and URM in neuro-oncology with a goal of developing solutions to help support our membership.
  • Investigator diversity - The mission of this working group is to collaborate with funding agencies to promote and advertise funding opportunities for minority investigators.  
  • Clinical trial enrollment - The mission of this working group is to develop strategies to enhance minority enrollment in clinical trials.  
  • Neuro-Oncologic considerations in women and diverse populations - The mission of this working group is to share and commission research focused on women's issues and minority health including annual meeting education sessions.  
  • Community outreach - This working group will organize community outreach lectures that coincide with the annual meeting.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement

The Society for Neuro-Oncology believes that bringing together a diversity of backgrounds, cultures, and identities is integral to advancing multi-disciplinary research, education, and collaboration to drive discovery and improve patient care. We are committed to advancing our diversity, equity, and inclusion practices across events, journals, the member experience, and the larger neuro-oncology community. We aspire to these values for all members:

Transparency: Providing open and clear access to information and opportunities throughout the organization
Diversity: Involving a diverse mix of people—including institutions, geographies, and disciplines—across everything we do
Equity: Providing education and opportunities to promote diverse participation and leadership as well as support research and initiatives to provide care for all in neuro-oncology
Inclusion: Encouraging members to be themselves while being heard and respected to build a culture of belonging—this is your neuro-oncology home


Diversity Investigator Funding Opportunities & Resources

  1. Amos Minority Medical Faculty Development Program 
  2. Diversity Supplement
  3. Exploratory Grant Award to Promote Workforce Diversity in Basic Science (R21 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) 
  4. NIH Diversity in Extramural Programs
  5. Harvard-specific
    1. Harvard Catalyst Program for Faculty Development and Diversity (PFDD) Inclusion Fellowship (clinical and/or translational research)
    2. Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership (DICP) Faculty Fellowship
  6. NIH Loan Repayment Programs
  7. AAN Transcends Program 
  8. Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC) Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity
  9. Short-Term Research Education Program to Increase Diversity in Health-Related Research
  10. American Psychological Society (Porter physiology development fellowship)
  11. Ford Foundation Pre-doctorate fellowships
  12. BMS Foundation National Medical Fellowships to Increase Diversity in Clinical Trials
  13. National LGBT Cancer Network
  14. Diversity in Clinical Trials Career Development Program (BMSF DCTCDP)
  15. BMSF Clinical Investigator Pipeline Program (BMSF CIPP)