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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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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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