This summer’s reflection on systemic racial injustice needs to be more than just a moment if we’re going to create lasting change in Johns Hopkins institutions. Student groups like the Biomedical Engineering Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee and the Biomedical Scholars Association are committed to seeing that change.
For The Johns Hopkins House Staff Diversity Council united the Hopkins community to stand in solidarity with the Black community against systemic inequity and police brutality. The video features many of our School of Medicine learners. "In light of the recent murder of George Floyd and the countless Black lives before him, compounded by the backdrop of the racial […]
Jul 7, 2020
Last November, I was able to attend the National Science Policy Network Symposium in Madison, Wisconsin. The goal of this two-day symposium was to understand how many scientific issues (such as climate change and genome-based medicine) disproportionately affect minority and vulnerable populations. One of the workshops I attended discussed how “big genomic data” is handled, […]
Feb 25, 2020
For early career female scientists, the environment is rapidly becoming more inclusive. However, later career female scientists face a harsher reality.
Jan 17, 2020
Last week, NPR published “Academic Science Rethinks All-Too-White ‘Dude Walls’ of Honor” on its website. This article addresses the message that walls of honor that mostly feature white men may send to nonwhite and nonmale trainees. Several academic institutions are dismantling or relocating their “dude walls” to send a more inclusive message, and this has […]
Sep 11, 2019
Most days, I just think of myself as a scientist. But in honor of Pride Month, I am embracing my identity as not just any scientist but specifically a gay scientist by reflecting on the struggles I’ve faced as a gay student and the challenges LGBTQ+ scientists face today. It’s easy to minimize the difficulties […]
Jun 17, 2019
In 2012, the Advisory Committee to the Director Working Group on Diversity (ACDWGD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) produced its first report. The committee stated plainly that diversity increases core scientific principles — creativity, innovation and rigor — and that the NIH had a responsibility as a publicly funded body to maintain the […]
Mar 14, 2019
In one of my courses in the neuroscience Ph.D. program at Johns Hopkins, we recently discussed the 2016 National Institutes of Health (NIH) mandate requiring consideration of sex as a biological variable in grant applications to NIH agencies. Citing the success of the initiative to include both men and women in human clinical trials, the […]
Jan 4, 2019