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

April 29 - 30, 2019

This workshop was held to discuss issues on institutional change and transparency in pursuit of enhancing the diversity of the neuroscience workforce. It is a follow-up to two previous workshops: one in 2016 to identify successful approaches to recruit, train, and retain diverse individuals in the neuroscience workforce and a second in 2017 to discuss the issues, misconceptions, and barriers that currently exist in neuroscience graduate admissions programs with regard to diverse trainees.

The 2019 workshop goals were: 1) building alliances between individuals who are actively engaged in addressing issues surrounding workforce diversity and individuals engaged in neuroscience training; 2) identifying opportunities and sharing successful approaches for more effective institutional change; 3) fostering dialog around institutional approaches to interventions targeted at critical transition points along the career path, such as entry to and persistence in training programs (undergrad, grad, and postdoc) and hiring and retaining diverse faculty; 4) providing training to administrators of neuroscience R25 and T32 training programs on how to implement institutional change around diversity and inclusion at their institutions; and 5) receiving feedback on how NINDS programs and policies can catalyze institutional change around a diverse neuroscience workforce. The attendees were neuroscience graduate program directors, directors of neuroscience undergraduate research programs, and experts in diversity and inclusion.

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Agenda and Resources

DAY 1: April 29, 2019

Time Event Resources
7:00 – 8:00 am Registration  
8:00 – 8:25 am

Walter Koroshetz, M.D.
Director, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

Meeting Goals
Michelle Jones-London, Ph.D.
Chief, Office of Programs to Enhance Neuroscience Workforce Diversity (OPEN) - NINDS

8:25 – 9:25 am

Featured Lecture
Molly Carnes, MD
Professor, Departments of Medicine, Psychiatry, and Industrial & Systems Engineering
Director, UW Center for Women's Health Research

Presentation Slides - Carnes(pdf, 558 KB) (pdf, 545 kb)

A Gender Bias Habit-Breaking Intervention Led to Increased Hiring of Female Faculty in STEMM Departments  J Exp Soc Psychol, November 2017

Women in Science & Engineering Leadership Institute

9:45 – 12:00 pm

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?

Discussion/Brainstorming in Small Groups

Presentation Slides - Beuning(pdf, 482 KB) (pdf, 475 kb)

Presentation Slides - Asai(pdf, 4015 KB) (pdf, 3.9 mb)

STEM Equity Achievement (SEA) Change

SEA Change Handbook and Criteria & Guidelines

ADVANCE: Organizational Change for Gender Equity in STEM Academic Professions

HHMI Inclusive Excellence

12:00 – 1:00 pm LUNCH  
1:00 – 3:15 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?

Discussion/Brainstorming in Small Groups

Presentation Slides - Watkins(pdf, 3655 KB) (pdf, 3.6 mb)

Presentation Slides - Pickett(pdf, 1589 KB) (pdf, 1.6 mb)

Presentation Slides - Gibbs(pdf, 2879 KB) (pdf, 2.8 mb)

Coalition for Next Generation Life Science

A New Data Effort to Inform Career Choices in Biomedicine

Rescuing Biomedical Research

Becoming More Transparent: Collecting and Presenting Data on Biomedical Ph.D. Alumni

Improving Support for Young Biomedical Scientists

The GSS is an Unreliable Indicator of Biological Sciences Postdoc Population Trends

Examining the Distribution of K99/R00 Awards by Race

Decoupling of the Minority Ph.D. Talent Pool and Assistant Professor Hiring in Medical School Basic Science Departments in the US

Biomedical Science Ph.D. Career Interest Patterns by Race/Ethnicity and Gender

3:35 - 6:00 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?

Discussion/Brainstorming in Small Groups

Presentation Slides - Nishi and Jones(pdf, 4079 KB) (pdf, 4.0 mb)

Department Chair Training to Increase Women in Neuroscience

Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) 

Assessing Institutional Culture and Climate

Diversity 3.0 Learning Series


DAY 2: April 30, 2019

Time Event Resources
8:00 – 8:10 am

Welcome and Introduction of Activity
Michelle Jones-London, Ph.D.
Chief, Office of Programs to Enhance Neuroscience Workforce Diversity (OPEN) - NINDS

8:10 – 9:10 am

Landis Award Winners Share Their Mentoring Philosophy

Moderator:      Letitia Weigand, 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

The NINDS Landis Award for Outstanding Mentorship by an NINDS Investigator
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 
Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER)
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   

From the NIH: A Systems Approach to Increasing the Diversity of the Biomedical Research Workforce

NIH Scientific Workforce Diversity Toolkit NIH Office of Scientific Workforce Diversity

NIH Distinguished Scholars Program

Independent Research Scholar Program

Future Research Leaders Conference

12:00 – 12:30 pm Report out, concluding remarks, and ADJOURN


Other resources are available on the meeting website.

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