Parity Movement

who we are

The Academic Parity Movement is a non-profit organization born out of a need for justice, and the protection of students’ most basic human rights within academic institutions.

We are a group of people from all different backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences fighting to end academic discrimination, violence, and bullying with the help of legal professionals, psychologists, researchers and our legislators.

OUr goals

Provide a legal pathway for students to pursue their rights following incidents of discrimination, violence, or bullying

Compile data into a comprehensive base for further research

Keep institutions accountable for ensuring students have safe environments in which to study and grow

Parity aims to uproot academic bullying, discrimination and violence by empowering students themselves with the tools to defend their most basic rights. Historically, minorities such as women, people of color, and immigrants have been disproportionately devastated by the magnified societal prejudices and pressures that are only exacerbated in the lab environment. Together we must take a stand to make the academic world an equitable, accepting, and safe environment.

meet our team

Morteza Mahmoudi, Co-Founder and Director
Morteza Mahmoudi, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Radiology and Precision Health Program at Michigan State University (MSU). Prior to coming to MSU, he was an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He was a target of academic bullying. His specific research interests include, nanomedicine and regenererative medicine for prevention and treatment of life-threatening conditions. He is among the 2018 most highly cited researchers as reported by Clarivate Analytics.

He and Saya founded the Academic Parity Movement to ensure that no researcher would suffer from violence, discrimination, or academic bullying without sufficient support.

Saya Ameli Hajebi, Co-Founder and Director

Saya Ameli Hajebi is an artist, graphic designer, and environmental activist. She is currently a national Spokesperson, and local media lead for the Sunrise Movement. She has interviewed with The Guardian, Al Jazeera, BBC, and Buzzfeed News to raise awareness about the climate crisis and represent the Sunrise Movement. 

She hopes to incorporate activism and social change in academia, and make a safe learning environment for all with the Academic Parity Movement.

Sherry Moss, Direcor

Sherry Moss, PhD is currently Professor of Organizational Studies in the School of Business at Wake Forest University. Her research interests include leadership, feedback, abusive supervision, multiple job holding, authenticity and meaningful work. She has also served as the Director of the Full Time MBA Program at Wake Forest and as the Area Chair for the Management Faculty.

Her research has been published in prestigious academic journals such as Journal of Applied Psychology, Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Academy of Management Executive, and Nature. Her most impactful research has been about abusive supervision (bully bosses).


Saman Hosseinpour, Advisor

Saman Hosseinpour, PhD is the surfaces and interfaces group leader at the Institute of Particle Technology at

Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany). He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in
material science and engineering in Iran and later was promoted as a faculty member of the Department
of Material Science at Azad University. After finishing his Ph.D. at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH-
Sweden) he moved to Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPIP-Germany) as a postdoc.
He has always been keen on supporting young researchers against academic bullying and actively works
toward increasing the awareness regarding scientific and personal misconduct in academia.

Tim Noakes, Advisor

Timothy David Noakes, best known for his work in sports science and for his support of a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet, is a South African scientist and emeritus professor at the University of Cape Town in the division of Excercise Science and Sports Medicine. He is also a member of the National Research Foundation (South Africa), and listed as one of their highest-rated members.

His research in sports science has lead to the publication books including, The Real Meal Revolution and Lore of Nutrition: Challenging Conventional Dietary Beliefs.

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