Culture & Diversity Committee

Mission Statement

The mission of the NAN Culture and Diversity Committee is to increase the knowledge of diversity issues and to promote the inclusion and affirmation of diversity, in its broadest sense, through science and human understanding. Diversity includes the intersections of gender, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, age, physical and mental abilities, socioeconomic status, physical attributes, as well as other personal and social characteristics that comprise individual identity.


Chair: Paola Suarez, Ph.D. 
Committee Members: David Gonzalez, Ph.D., Timothy O'Brien, Ph.D., Lawrence Pick, Ph.D., Luz Restrepo, Psy.D., Adriana Strutt, Ph.D., Audrina Mullane, Ph.D., Kendra Anderson, Ph.D. (Trainee)

Tony Wong Diversity Award

The NAN Culture & Diversity Committee is extremely pleased to announce the fifth annual diversity award in honor of Dr. Tony Wong. NAN members -- please nominate your peers and trainees! Self-nominations are also accepted.

*    Students, post-doctoral residents, and early-career members of NAN (within five years of graduating) are eligible to apply for the 2019 Tony Wong Diversity Award.  Awardees receive $500 (students and post-doctoral residents) or a commemorative plaque (early-career members) in recognition of their efforts to promote public education, advocacy, and research in brain health in culturally diverse and minority communities.

*    Nominations are also being accepted for the Tony Wong Diversity Award to recognize outstanding mentorship in relationship to diversity.  Mentor awardees will be celebrated and presented with a plaque at the NAN conference.

Please click here for more information or to submit a nomination. The deadline to submit a nomination is midnight EST on August 1, 2019. To make a donation to fund the Tony Wong Diversity Award, please click here.

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Past Awardees:

Tony Wong Diversity Award for Outstanding Work Related to Diversity as a Mentor
2018 Pegah Touradji, Ph.D
2015 Margaret Lanca, Ph.D.
2014 Jennifer J. Manly, Ph.D.
2013 S. Walden Miller, Ph.D.

Tony Wong Diversity Award for Outstanding Work Related to Diversity as an Early Career Professional
2018 Beatriz MacDonald Wer, Ph.D
2017 Yakeel T. Quiroz, Ph.D. 
2014 April D. Thames, Ph.D.
2013 Maiko Sakamoto, Ph.D.
Tony Wong Diversity Award for Outstanding Work Related to Diversity as a Graduate Student or Post-Doc
2014  Mirella Diaz-Santos, M.A.
          Paola Suarez, Ph.D.
2013  Nicholas S. Thaler, Ph.D.