Antoinette Foster has a PhD in Neuroscience and is passionate about establishing racial equity within and across the scientific enterprise. During her PhD training, she observed the ways in which systemic racism is embedded into the fabric of science, reflected by scientific policies, practices, and common beliefs held within US and global academic institutions. To help catalyze meaningful change, Dr. Foster co-founded a campus affinity group, Alliance for Visible Diversity in Science, which focuses on the specific ways that systemic racism manifests within graduate programs at Oregon Health and Science University in order to create a more equitable and inclusive environment.
As the Director of Community Transformation, Dr. Foster co-founded and currently co-directs the Racial Equity and Inclusion at Oregon Health and Science University, where she aims to directly impact internalized and interpersonal racism by empowering community members to become active agents of change. This position focuses heavily on creating culture shifts by using a racial equity lens to assess the current institutional culture, determine cultural values and processes incongruent with racial equity, and develop strategic pathways to align cultural norms and practices with a racially inclusive environment for students, staff, and faculty. Her career aspiration is to radically shift scientific research culture towards establishing and practicing inclusive values and actions required to drive racial equity.