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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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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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Register Today for “How Does Mentoring Impact Diversity in the Biomedical and Behavioral Research Workforce?”

May 24, 2023

I invite you to join me for our next online seminar, “How Does Mentoring Impact Diversity in the Biomedical and Behavioral Research Workforce?,” on Wednesday, June 14, from 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. ET. Seminar registration is open. This seminar will be the final event of our 2022–2023 Scientific…

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The Power of Empathy: Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May 09, 2023

The power of empathy can’t be understated.

It helps broaden our outlook to embrace a diverse scientific workforce.

I was reminded of this when I spoke with National Eye Institute (NEI) Director Michael F. Chiang, M.D.

I reached out to Dr. Chiang in honor of Asian American,…

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Celebrating Five Years: NIH Distinguished Scholars Program

April 26, 2023

In our office, we say that great minds think differently.

It’s a given—and a must—for progress.

So, it’s not surprising that a program to increase the number of principal investigators committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) in the NIH Intramural Research…

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Announcing the NIH Institutional Excellence in DEIA Prize Competition

April 04, 2023

I am delighted to announce that the NIH is now accepting submissions for a new initiative that rewards effective strategies for enhancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) in research environments: the NIH Institutional Excellence in DEIA in Biomedical and Behavioral…

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COSWD’s Role in the New NIH-Wide Strategic Plan for DEIA

March 20, 2023

I am delighted to announce that NIH has published the Fiscal Years 2023–2027 NIH-Wide Strategic Plan for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA). I was privileged to co-lead the development of the plan, along with colleagues from the Office of Human Resources and the Office of…

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