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Co-Chairs:

Dr. Jabbar Bennett, jbennett@nationalpostdoc.org

Dr. Cherie Butts, cbutts@nationalpostdoc.org

Committee Members

The Diversity Committee is dedicated to increasing diversity at the postdoctoral level; see our MISSION statement.  Currently, the Diversity Committee is focused on identifying key issues and collecting data to determine which topics and initiatives should be addressed initially.  Due to the nature of the committee’s charge, the Diversity Committee will maintain and foster close ties with the NPA Policy and International Postdoc Committees as well as other organizations dedicated to increasing diversity among postdoctoral fellows.  Please see the Diversity Committee philosophy for more information.

NPA 2005 Annual Meeting in San Diego California, March 11 and 12, 2005. Featuring two workshops coordinated and run by the Diversity Committee: Diversity in Perspective --offered Friday 1:45-3:15 and Saturday 9:00-10:30 and Addressing Diversity & Moving Forward--offered Saturday 2:00-3:30 pm.


MINORITY POSTDOC SUMMIT A GRAND SUCCESS!

The NPA participated in the SACNAS meeting held in Austin Texas from October 21-24, 2004. The Diversity Committee co-sponsored the pre-conference Minority Postdoc Summit on diversity issues for postdocs with keynote speaker, Shirley Malcom of AAAS. The NPA also had a booth at the exhibition hall. Look for several articles describing the summit, the meeting, and other aspects of the collaboration in the NPA Postdocket and other publications. Details can be found at http://www.minoritypostdoc.org

Funding Resources for Diversity We are collecting information about sources of funding that may assist in efforts to increase diversity at the postdoctoral levels.

Diversity, Affirmative Action, and Non-discrimination Policies The NPA Diversity Committee recognizes that state, federal, and local or institutional funding and laws may include requirements or policies on maintaining diversity in the workplace, equity in funding practices, encouraging participation by underrepresented groups, and related activities.  Keeping all parties interested in this issue informed about what policies may apply at their institutions will help to provide leverage for diversity activities.  In addition, these policies should clarify the value-driven underpinnings of the activities of an institution. The collection of links provided here is just a beginning. We hope to amass a large database of such policies.

Statistics on Diversity Many discussions of increasing diversity center on having the “ammunition” to persuade funders, administrators, policymakers, and others of the need.  Even though we know the reality, numbers generated in systematic ways are necessary to compile. We hope to provide as many links to such data as we can find.

Publicly Available Resources for Minority Scientists and Researchers There are many sources of information, resources, assistance, collaboration, and networking for minority scientists and researchers. We are compiling links to these resources, some of which target groups at different levels in their careers than postdoctoral training.

RESOURCE LIST FOR ADMINISTRATORS, ORGANIZERS, INDIVIDUALS INTERESTED IN DIVERSITY We have found that the controversy and sensitivity of the subject of diversity in American culture brings up the need for access to definitions, historical and legal perspectives.  We are collecting links to such perspectives.

UPCOMING EVENTS Check out these links and join us and others in networking and working towards diversity in the research workplace.

DIVERSITY COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP For information on the activities of the Diversity Committee, or to join, contact the committee chair, or members (listed above). 

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