OPEN Stage webinar: 2023 HBCU Alumni Pathways to NIH

June 16, 2023 | 2:00 - 3:00 PM

Contact: Anahid Ebrahimi
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Virtual | Zoom Meeting
2:00 - 3:00pm EDT

Brown theater stage with red curtains pulled back revealing the words Open Stage in white. The NIH NINDS graphic in the top left corner. Overlaid on the stage are the words Hosted by the Office of Programs to Enhance Neuroscience Workforce Diversity

NINDS staff who are HBCU alums will share their personal journeys and roles at various divisions and offices across NINDS. You will also hear about the research experiences that can happen on the NIH campus as well as opportunities outside of NIH. All career levels, especially undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, early career faculty, and sponsored grant offices are strongly encouraged to attend.

Our speakers include:

  • Ashley Givens-Burton, BS: Bowie State University Alum, Program Specialist in the Division of Translational Research
  • Brittany Brooks: Tennessee State University Alum, NINDS Intramural Research Program Graduate Student
  • Chris Hollingsworth, DVM: Morehouse College Alum, Research Veterinarian in the NINDS Surgical Neurology Branch
  • David Jett, PhD: Hampton University Alum, Director in the Office of Neural Exposome and Toxicology (ONETOX)
  • Marguerite Matthews, PhD: Spelman College Alum, Program Director in the Office of Programs to Enhance Neuroscience Workforce Diversity
  • Nsini Umoh, PhD: Howard University Alum, Program Director in the Division of Neuroscience
  • Rakonda Medley, BS:  Virginia Union University Alum, Operations Coordinator in the Division of Translational Research

The NINDS Office of Programs to Enhance Neuroscience Workforce Diversity (OPEN) is pleased to welcome you to the ongoing OPEN Stage webinar series, a targeted outreach effort for our diverse neuroscience community to learn about NINDS programs and network with NINDS program staff. Each webinar will feature a different NINDS program, division, or cluster with the goal of increasing the representation of diverse groups in our portfolio. To stay informed of more events in this series, join the NINDS Diversity News to Use Listserv.

Check out the OPEN Stage webinars YouTube playlist for recordings from the entire series.

Webinar slides(pdf, 3801 KB)