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Women’s History Month: Reflecting on the Past to Redirect the Future

March 08, 2023

As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we can be motivated by many pioneers in health, medicine, and science.

Consider the bravery of Susie King Taylor (1848—1912), a Black nurse who cared for soldiers during the Civil War. In her book Reminiscences of My Life in Camp, she wrote, “It seems…

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Register for Our March Seminar on Advancing Antiracism in STEMM Organizations

February 22, 2023

I invite you to join us for the next Scientific Workforce Diversity Seminar Series (SWDSS) event of the 2022–2023 season, “Outcomes from NASEM’s Advancing Antiracism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in STEMM Organizations Report,” on Thursday, March 30, from 2:00–3:00 p.m. ET.


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Black History Month—Looking Back and Forward

February 08, 2023

As we commemorate Black History Month, I encourage you to reflect upon the abundant contributions made by Black Americans over the course of our nation’s history. For centuries, Black Americans have been integral to our nation’s progress in many fields,…

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Answering Dr. King's Call to Action

January 17, 2023

January honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and compels us to examine why and how we champion his commitment to equity. As Dr. King said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” In a December interview for The Lancet, I was asked to reflect on my…

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New Recommendations for Enhancing Disability Inclusion

December 30, 2022

It is my pleasure to start 2023 by reporting on the Disabilities Subgroup Report of the Advisory Committee to the Director’s (ACD) Working Group on Diversity (WGD) that was first presented at the ACD meeting on December 9, 2022.

The COSWD team, on behalf of the ACD WGD, convened a panel of…

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Evidence-Based Approaches for Enhancing Diversity in Aging Research

December 15, 2022

As you may know, prior to becoming the COSWD, I was deputy director of the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at NIH. I recently discussed strategies to enhance scientific workforce diversity in the aging-focused research workforce in a guest editorial coauthored for the November issue of the…

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New Funding Opportunity Recognizes Excellence in DEIA Mentorship

November 22, 2022

It is a pleasure to announce the reissue of the COWSD-led Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) NOT-OD-23-002: Administrative Supplements to Recognize Excellence in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Mentorship.

This NOSI recognizes the crucial role of effective mentorship…

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Register Today: November Seminar on the Impact of Diversity Supplements

October 26, 2022

Our next virtual seminar, “How Do Diversity Supplements Impact Careers in Biomedical and Behavioral Research?,” will be on Thursday, November 17, from 1:30–3:00 p.m. EST. Registration is now open, and I hope you will join me for this informative and engaging discussion.

All NIH institutes…

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Announcing the Inaugural UNITE Progress Report

October 20, 2022

I co-authored this post for the NIH UNITE Co-Chairs’ Corner in my role as a UNITE co-chair; the COSWD office also provides UNITE strategic leadership and tactical input to advance its mission and the charges of its five committees.

Publication of UNITE’s first progress report is a critical…

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Dr. Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable Helps Raise Others Up

September 15, 2022

In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, today I wanted to spotlight a leader in health care and disparities research at NIH. Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, M.D. is director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), which advances the science of minority…

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