Conversations surrounding toxicity in academia, imposter syndrome, mental health, and suicide are often difficult. Academics holding one or more marginalized identities are often left without adequate support in their daily academic environment. It is past time for change.

We are a group of current and former Howard Hughes Medical Institute Gilliam Fellows who formed the TAE Consortium (Transforming Academic Ecosystems) following the loss of our friend Taylor Brown (2018 Gilliam Fellow) to suicide. The phrase “TAE” honors Taylor “Tay” Brown who has inspired dialogue about the culture of academia, first with our institutions and now, around the world. Taylor was a fierce advocate in promoting change and helping others. We hope to further her legacy by enacting positive change within the scientific environment through evidence- and experience-based initiatives.

The TAE Consortium is committed to sharing personal experiences and learning from the broader scientific community to redefine the academic ecosystem. In doing so, we aim to:

  • Reduce the stigma of mental health conversations in academia
  • Champion marginalized academics facing unique mental health and wellbeing challenges
  • Advocate for institutional obligation to provide readily-available mental health and wellbeing resources
  • Create educational workshops and tools to support academics pushing for change at their institutions