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Introducing the Inaugural NIH 21st Century Scholars Program Cohort

April 15, 2022

Today, I am pleased to introduce the inaugural cohort of the NIH 21st Century Scholars Program—a new COSWD-sponsored initiative to promote awareness of the science of scientific workforce diversity. Six mentors and 13 cohort engagement participants were selected from the NIH scientific staff who…

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COSWD Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2022–2026 Now Available

April 06, 2022

I am pleased to present the Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity (COSWD) Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2022–2026. It outlines a bold vision for our future efforts and renews our charge to lead the science of scientific workforce diversity, using evidence-based approaches to…

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Supporting and Promoting Women in Science: Actionable Strategies from the NIH

March 29, 2022

The scientific enterprise must redouble efforts to address its lack of gender diversity and foster a culture of inclusive excellence where women scientists are not marginalized, diminished, or harassed in any setting.

So concludes a March 2022 Nature Communications article I co-authored…

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How Virtual Convenings Can Enhance Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility

February 24, 2022

In the COSWD Office, we continually explore ways to foster inclusive excellence in the biomedical research enterprise. As such, I have decided to hold all COSWD seminars, conferences, and meetings entirely online throughout 2022.

The COVID-19 pandemic-induced shift to online events has led…

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New NIH Administrative Supplements Available to Support Diversity Mentorship

February 09, 2022

I am pleased to announce the availability of a new NIH administrative supplement that recognizes the crucial role outstanding mentors play in fostering future leaders in the biomedical research enterprise.

Qualified investigators can now submit proposals in response to the Chief Officer…

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Join Us for the Fostering Cohort Recruitment Virtual Forum

January 20, 2022

I am pleased to announce that registration is open for the Fostering Cohort Recruitment (FCR) Virtual Forum on the afternoons of February 23 and 24, 2022. I look forward to hosting this event, which will introduce attendees to faculty cohort recruitment programs at the NIH and within the broader…

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Invitation to Comment on the Draft 2022–2026 COSWD Strategic Plan

January 13, 2022

As our nation continues to identify and address the challenges and threats to equity across systems and populations, we are also focusing on these issues as a core mission within my office. We are updating our strategic plan for scientific workforce diversity, and we welcome your input as we…

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The Power of an Inclusive Workplace Recognition Project: Picturing Scientific Workforce Diversity

December 20, 2021

On November 19, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) unveiled new portraits of agency staff on its Bethesda, Maryland campus to better reflect and recognize the diversity of everyone who contributes to its mission.

Organizations communicate their identity and culture through the…

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UNITE Wants to Learn from You: Join an Upcoming Listening Session

December 15, 2021

What is the NIH UNITE initiative about? How can you become involved? The UNITE initiative was established to identify and eliminate structural racism in biomedical research, and was publicly unveiled February 26, 2021, at a special meeting of the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD). On…

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Championing a Diverse Genomics Workforce

December 01, 2021

I am pleased to introduce Vence L. Bonham, Jr., JD., Acting Deputy Director of the NIH National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). Mr. Bonham leads NHGRI’s health equity and workforce diversity programs and delivers on NHGRI’s mission across the NIH.

He is a member of the leadership…

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