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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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Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: What Your Institution Can Do

November 23, 2021

The inaugural NIH Workplace Climate and Harassment Survey (WCHS) was spearheaded by the COSWD Office in 2019 to assess the NIH workplace climate and identify elements of the NIH organizational climate associated with harassment. Recently, my predecessor, Dr. Hannah Valantine, and our own Dr.…

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Two Upcoming Events on Using Cohort Models to Enhance Diversity

November 16, 2021

Today’s post first appeared on “Open Mike,” the NIH Office of Extramural Research blog of Dr. Michael Lauer, NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research. I was pleased to be invited to share news of COSWD activities on his blog and encourage readers to regularly read it for updates on the NIH…

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Reaffirming NIH’s Commitment to Workforce Diversity

November 04, 2021

Diversity is inextricably tied to the success of the NIH mission, thus ensuring diversity within the extramural biomedical research workforce is of utmost importance. We are aware that NIH’s recent decision to rescind a “Notice of Special Interest” (or NOSI) – intended solely to call attention…

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Perspectives on Promoting Scientific Workforce Diversity with Dr. Bruce J. Tromberg

October 28, 2021

I am pleased to introduce to you, our followers, Dr. Bruce J. Tromberg, Director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) at the NIH. In this role, Dr. Tromberg manages a research program portfolio focused on developing, translating, and commercializing…

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Recipients of NIH FIRST Program Awards Announced for FY 2021

October 19, 2021

I am pleased to share that the NIH Common Fund Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation (FIRST) program announced its first award recipients on September 30.

FIRST aims to increase the representation of faculty from underrepresented groups in biomedical science. The…

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