Effective Approaches to Increase Diversity and Inclusion in the Biomedical Research Workforce [HRA Members Meeting, Fall 2019]

The research workforce does not reflect the diversity of the U.S. population and individuals from specific groups remain underrepresented in the biomedical research workforce. According to the National Science Foundation, 8% of U.S. residing doctoral scientists and engineers are African American or Black, American Indian, Alaska Natives, or Hispanic Latinos. The number of individuals from these groups would have to quadruple to reach parity with the demographics of the US population. Funders and research institutions alike have engaged in efforts to expand the talent pool by increasing diversity in the workforce. This session will present different approaches that funders have taken to address this issue, the limitations of their approaches, and address the question of what works and what doesn’t work. A diversity officer from a research-intense institution will offer advice on other ways in which funders can support effective diversity and inclusion efforts.

Katrina Bandong, MS
Program Associate for Medical Research | Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

Lisa Evans, JD (Presentation)
Scientific Workforce Diversity Officer | NIH

Kumea Shorter-Gooden, PhD (Presentation)
Principal/Owner | Shorter-Gooden Consulting

Krissa Smith, PhD (Presentation)
Director, Research Programs | Susan G. Komen

Patricia Frustace (Presentation)
Director of Awards and Diversity | American Society for Hematology