Strengthening a Neural network: Pathways for Institutional Change Regarding Diversity and Inclusion

04/29/2019 - 04/30/2019


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Monday, April 29, 2019

7:30 – 8:00 am         Registration

8:00 – 8:15 am         Welcome
Walter Koroshetz, M.D.
Director, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

8:15 – 8:25 am         Meeting Goals
Michelle Jones-London, Ph.D.
Chief, Office of Programs to Enhance Neuroscience Workforce Diversity (OPEN) - NINDS

8:25 – 9:05 am         Featured Lecture
Molly Carnes, MD
Professor, Departments of Medicine, Psychiatry, and Industrial & Systems Engineering
Director, UW Center for Women's Health Research

9:05 – 9:25 am         Q & A Session

9:25 – 9:45 am         BREAK

9:45 – 11:15 am       Panel 1: Strategies for Institutional Change

Moderator: Letitia Weigand, Ph.D. – NINDS
Discussants: Beth Ruedi, Ph.D. – SEA Change, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Penny Beuning, Ph.D. – ADVANCE, Northeastern University
David Asai, Ph.D. – Inclusive Excellence, HHMI

  • What institutional programs and approaches have been successful in reducing isolation, increasing community building, and fostering career advancement for early-career faculty from diverse groups?
  • The institutional framework provides incentives that dictate the kinds of skills and knowledge perceived to have the maximum pay-off. How can this perception harm or help the efforts to increase workforce diversity?
  • How does your institution demonstrate or communicate how diversity relates to the educational and research mission?

11:15 – 12:00 pm    Discussion/Brainstorming in Small Groups

12:00 – 1:00 pm       LUNCH BREAK

1:00 – 2:30 pm         Panel 2: Making Data-Driven Decisions

Moderator: Lauren Ullrich, Ph.D. – NINDS
Discussants:   Elizabeth Watkins, Ph.D. – Coalition for Next Generation Life Science, University of California, San Francisco
Chris Pickett, Ph.D. – Rescuing Biomedical Research
Kenneth Gibbs, Jr., Ph.D. – Data-Based Intervention Recommendations, NIGMS

  • What data on the workforce are available nationally and locally?
  • How does your program collect and use data on participants and applicants?
  • How can we ensure data collected are useful and informative?

2:30 – 3:15 pm         Discussion/Brainstorming in Small Groups

3:15 – 3:35 pm         BREAK

3:35 – 5:05 pm         Panel 3: The Role of Societies & Associations in Institutional Change

Moderator: Marguerite Matthews, Ph.D. – NINDS
Discussants:   Rae Nishi, Ph.D. – Society for Neuroscience, Marine Biological Laboratory
Kevin Jones, Ph.D. – Society for Neuroscience, University of Michigan
Kelly Mack, Ph.D. – Association of American Colleges & Universities
Chantel Fuqua, Ph.D. – Association of American Medical Colleges

  • What are the major challenges to meeting the career development needs of a diverse workforce?
  • How can institutions utilize professional societies and associations to facilitate institutional change?
  • What opportunities does your organization offer to promote diversity and inclusion in the biomedical workforce?

5:05 – 5:50 pm         Discussion/Brainstorming in Small Groups

5:50 – 6:00 pm         Day One Wrap-up and ADJOURN
                                    Michelle Jones-London, Ph.D. - NINDS

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

7:30 – 8:00 am         Breakfast

8:00 – 8:10 am         Welcome and Introduction of Activity

8:10 – 9:10 am         Landis Award Winners Share Their Mentoring Philosophy

Moderator:      Stephen Korn, Ph.D. – NINDS
Discussants:   Matthew Gentry, Ph.D. – University of Kentucky College of Medicine
                       Sarah Kucenas, Ph.D. – University of Virginia
                       Chris Dulla, Ph.D. – Tufts University School of Medicine

9:10 – 11:10 am       Interactive Mentor Training to Increase Research Self-Efficacy
Arpita Ghosh, Ph.D.
National Research Mentoring Network
The University of Kansas                    

11:10 – 11:20 am    BREAK

11:20 – 12:00 pm    NIH's Scientific Approach to Inclusive Excellence: Focus on Institutional Accountability
                                    Hannah Valantine, M.D.
                                    Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity - NIH   

12:00 – 12:30 pm    Report out, concluding remarks, and ADJOURN
        Michelle Jones-London, Ph.D., and Steve Korn, Ph.D. - NINDS




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