Teaching, Mentoring & Service 

Philosophy 

Teaching: Developing Neuronal Identity
& a Professional Identity

The formation of a neuron's identity is similar to the formation of a professional identity. Both processes are driven by intrinsic and extrinsic factors, which interact to create a mature and unique individual. Dr. Singleton believes embracing student's identities and meeting them "where they are" in terms of their intellectual and technical skill set, is the key to helping them find their strengths and introducing students to STEM.

Mentoring: Finding your Scientific Beyoncé

When identifying a mentor Dr. Singleton encourages her peers and students to imagine Beyoncé. 

 

"The genius of Beyoncé is that she is so excellent, she doesn’t make you want to be her, but instead the most excellent version of yourself. Her excellence while relentlessly persuasive is also intentionally permissive." 

Find a mentor who believes in you, sees your potential, and inspires you to be the best version of yourself everyday.

Service: Expanding Diversity, Equity & Inclusion to include Representation & Accountability 

Dr. Singleton aims for her students to feel a sense of belonging in the scientific community and give them hope and confidence in pursuit of their professional goals. To accomplish this she is committed to using her voice and platform to promote and uplift Black and Brown people and educate herself  by performing bias training, reading about critical Race theory, intersectional feminism, LGBTQIA issues, and actively speaking out against racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, and transphobia. 

"Nothing will work unless you do"

-Maya Angelou

Kaela S. Singleton was named Agnes Scott College's Outstanding Young Alumnae for early competence in their chosen field or area of service and exceptional promise for the future.

Statements by

Kaela S. Singleton, PhD 

Teaching

“Education must not simply teach work.
It must teach life.”

– W.E.B. DuBois

“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people
who prepare for it today.”

– Malcom X

Mentoring

"When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, remember your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else." 

- Toni Morrison

Service

"You Can’t Be What You Can’t See"

— Marian Wright Edelman

“The youth need to see greatness reflected in our eyes.Go forth, let them know it’s real.”

— Danai Gurira

Cultivated Resources

Follow

@BlackInNeuro

Along with numerous talented scholars in the neuro community, Dr. Singleton aided in planning and organizing the first ever #BlackInNeuroWeek (July 27-August 2)

IPN Response to

Racism

Georgetown University's Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience's response to racism and resource guide were written and cultivated in part by Dr. Singleton

Read

#BlackintheIvory

Started by
Joy Melody Woods, MA & Dr. Shardé M. Davis about being Black in Academia.

Supporting Black & Brown Folks

in STEM

Collaborators at Harvard, Penn, Duke & Stony Brook complied concrete steps to recruit, support and advocate for URMs
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