At the MIND Foundation, we’re building a healthier, more connected world through psychedelic research and education. We understand that realizing this vision means making diversity and inclusion a priority, regardless of sex, age, ethnicity or social status, religion, sexual orientation, physical features, disability, or any other opinion or belief.
MIND is proud to welcome people from all walks of life to get involved with our organization. Whether it’s making MIND Academy programs more accessible, or warmly welcoming and encouraging a variety of perspectives within the MIND office, we are committed to bringing a focus to this important matter as our organization grows over the coming years.
“I believe that the discourse on the psychedelic experience can immensely benefit from the contribution of a broad spectrum of perspectives. For this reason, MIND Academy encourages an inclusive approach to psychedelic research and education. Our aim is to lay the groundwork for constructive dialogues with a solid foundation in science and critical thinking.”
Sergio Pérez Rosal, MD Director of MIND Academy
MIND Academy Diversity Program
The MIND Academy Diversity Program is designed to make our Academy programs more accessible, regardless of socioeconomic status.
The MIND Members Association embraces the wide variety of people that make up its community. We welcome people of all backgrounds and of any sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, culture, national origin, color, immigration status, sex, political belief, or religion.
The MMA is formed by more than 600 members of like-minded neuroscientists, medical doctors, psychologists, researchers, policymakers, artists, economists, students, and friends who support our vision and are committed to establishing the safe and legal therapeutic use of the psychedelic experience.
MIND members come from all over the world. Our community expands across five continents and consists of members from 34 nationalities living in 28 countries. This variety of people truly enriches our community and is only continuing to grow!
To learn more about becoming a member of our international community, click here.
Voices of MIND Staff
Perspectives on Psychedelic Research & Therapy
Melina Mitsotaki, RKE Intern and uniMIND Project Coordinator Greece
“I am passionate about the ways in which psychedelics not only open the gates to, but intently ring the bells for interconnectedness and systems thinking. Be it in the context of interpersonal relationships or mainstream science, to me it’s high time that our interconnectedness is embraced, so we can create a thriving world around us and tackle the systemic problems of our time. Looking at psychedelic research from such a lens reveals not a disparate outlier in the tree of science, but a central metabolic pathway that really strengthens the communication between all other branches of science.”
Vlad Nicolescu, MIND Academy and RKE Intern Romania
“As many scientists and therapists have pointed out in the past decades, psychedelics have a great potential as tool to understand, transform and heal the human consciousness. Where I come from, these matters are rarely, if ever, discussed, and the consequence is that people suffer silently from mental illness and its stigmatization. The authoritarian political regime of the past century left a deep mark in our psyche, which is especially visible if you look at mental health and social inequality issues, both of which are addressed with a certain fear and misunderstanding. I hope that eventually psychedelic-assisted therapy will be able to alleviate some of these issues by providing a way to understand, accept and transform oneself and one’s social context.”
Alejandra Díaz, Members Manager Mexico
“I come from a country with a surprising variety of hallucinogenic cacti, herbs, and mushrooms that have been known and used within indigenous cultures for thousands of years. It is very exciting to see how these compounds reached beyond our borders and sparked imaginations around the world. Now, thousands of years later, the renewal of worldwide psychedelic research is starting to explain some of the profound and unique changes in consciousness that these substances can produce. One aspect that amazes me is the impact of psychedelics on neuroplasticity. Science seems to point out that psychedelics have the potential to change the wiring of the brain, giving us the possibility to rewrite the story of our lives, individually and collectively.”
Luis Retana, Marketing Manager Guatemala
“I feel fortunate to work in psychedelic research. I believe we are used to taking care of our physical health more than our mental health, because it’s something easier to practice. When it comes to looking after our own mental health, this is somehow harder to do on a daily basis. The understanding of the psychedelic experience may help treat mental illness by learning more about the human consciousness, and this is something I find fascinating.”
Jagoda Mackowiak, Intern and ASC Study Monitor Coordinator Poland
“As cliché as it sounds, I do believe that psychedelics can change the world. Although neglected in the modern history, psychedelic substances have been present in indigenous medicinal practices for centuries. It is an enormous loss for society that, instead of exploring their therapeutic potential and focusing on harm reduction, we have put them on the shelf. Since today we observe a revival of psychedelic science, I would like to be a part of the reversal of the bad fame of psychedelics and contribute to the improvement of global mental health.”
Sasha Silberberg, Director of Communications Washington DC, USA
“While I am excited by many areas within psychedelic research, I find the therapeutic use of psychedelics in patients suffering from end-of-life anxiety particularly inspiring and interesting. Psychedelics may be able to help patients address the ontological questions that come at the end of their lives, alleviating the fear that comes with uncertainty. I am curious to see how this research area unfolds as the proportion of elderly people that make up the world population increases over the coming years.”
MIND’s Diversity Policies
The MIND Foundation adheres to the principles laid out in the European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights, regarding equality, non-discrimination, and diversity. As we grow, we are continuing to further develop our policies to address the need for diversity within psychedelic research and education.
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