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Native American Heritage Month: An Ideal Opportunity

November 21, 2023

Centuries before NIH was built on this land we call Bethesda, the Piscataway-Conoy Tribe lived here. We need to acknowledge this relationship and pay respect to the Piscataway-Conoy people and their ancestors and future generations of Piscataway descendants.

Acknowledging that the land…

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Join Us for a Seminar Exploring the Impact of Research-Active Institutions on Scientific Workforce Diversity

November 08, 2023

I am pleased to announce that our 2023–2024 Scientific Workforce Diversity Seminar Series (SWDSS) will begin with “How Do Research-Active Institutions (e.g., HBCUs, TCUs, and MSIs) Impact the Diversity of the Scientific Workforce?” Registration is now open for this seminar, which will take place…

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Opportunity for Outstanding DEIA Mentors to Apply for Supplemental Funding

November 01, 2023

I am pleased to announce the availability of administrative supplements that recognize the essential role of effective mentorship in developing future researchers and building a diverse scientific workforce. Through the reissue of a Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) led by the Chief Officer for…

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Share Your Thoughts on NIH’s Mission Statement

October 11, 2023

I am pleased to share a notable development in NIH’s ongoing efforts to advance disability equity and inclusion in the biomedical and behavioral research enterprise.

NIH is inviting feedback on a proposed revision to its mission statement through a new Request for Information (RFI). The…

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National Hispanic Heritage Month from a Scientific Leader’s Point of View

September 21, 2023

First and foremost, Nora D. Volkow, M.D., is a scientist. But she’s also a woman who self identifies as Latinx. As the Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Dr. Volkow has spoken all over the world about the complexity of brain research and addiction and the need for diverse…

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El Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana desde el punto de vista de un líder científico

September 21, 2023

Este año, algunas de nuestras publicaciones en el blog de COSWD han destacado a líderes científicos en el NIH de orígenes diversos para demostrar la variedad de perspectivas que influyen en las políticas y prácticas del NIH. Este blog, al igual que otras publicaciones sobre líderes en el NIH,…

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Featuring Dr. Michele Evans—Outspoken Advocate for Health Equity and Scientific Workforce Diversity

August 16, 2023

As those who know Dr. Evans can attest, when she speaks out, it’s best to listen.

Dr. Evans has achieved remarkable results as a member of the editorial board of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), the lead investigator of a landmark study, and a mentor to generations of scientists…

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The NIH Disabilities Subgroup Report: Initial Steps

July 26, 2023

In late 2022, NIH leadership received the Disabilities Subgroup Report, containing recommendations NIH could implement to support disability equity and inclusion. I discussed the report in a prior blog post. Today's post describes NIH's initial steps in advancing the report’s suggestions.

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NIH UNITE Continues to Grow and Flourish

July 14, 2023

On February 26, 2021, at a special meeting of the ACD, NIH unveiled the UNITE initiative to foster equity across all NIH activities, with a focus on racial and ethnic equity. It has been satisfying to see UNITE develop from a fledgling effort with disparate inputs and viewpoints to a cohesive…

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Pride Month—It’s Important for Us All

June 14, 2023

Pride Month—It’s Important for Us All 

“People are more engaged when they can bring their whole selves to the table.”

As we celebrate Pride Month, I’m pleased to share wisdom from my colleague Karen L. Parker, Ph.D., M.S.W., Director of the Sexual & Gender Minority Research…

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