ACD Working Group on Diversity, Diversity Program Consortium (DPC) Subgroup

Mission and Charge

The ACD Working Group on Diversity (WGD), Diversity Program Consortium (DPC) subgroup was established in response to the June 2017 recommendations prepared by the ACD WGD and endorsed by the ACD. The DPC subgroup is charged with supporting the ACD WGD to assist, in turn, the ACD with its advice to the NIH Director on the DPC's integrated initiatives: Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity – BUILD, National Research Mentoring Network – NRMN, the and Coordination and Evaluation Center – CEC, the Sponsored Programs Administration Development Program – SPAD, and the DPC Dissemination and Translation Awards – DPC DaTA. As a whole, these initiatives aim to enhance diversity in the biomedical research workforce through the development, implementation, assessment, and dissemination of innovative and effective approaches to (a) student outreach, engagement, training and mentoring, (b) faculty development, and (c) institutional research training infrastructure. The DPC subgroup focuses its efforts on how to best sustain these programs and how to effectively disseminate the best practices.

For additional information, please contact:
Christa Reynolds
DPC Communications Editor
Division of Training, Workforce Development and Diversity, NIGMS
(301) 451-3850


  • David Asai, Ph.D.
    Senior Director, Science Education
    Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • Roberto Frontera-Suau, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Department of Biology
    Elizabeth City State University in South
  • Larry Hedges, Ph.D.
    Department Chair and Board of Trustees
    Professor of Statistics
    Northwestern University
  • John Matsui, Ph.D.
    Director, Biological Scholars Program
    Assistant Dean, Biological Sciences
    University of California, Berkeley
  • Sandy Merino, Ph.D.
    Senior Scientist
    Novozymes, Inc.
  • Charisse Nartey, Ph.D.
    Research Scientist II
    UT Dallas, Department of Biological Sciences
  • Olivier F. Noel, Ph.D.
    Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
    M.D., Ph.D. Candidate
    Pennsylvania State University School of Medicine
  • Pablo R. Sacasa, Ph.D.
    Chair, Department of Chemistry, Physics and Earth Sciences
    Miami-Dade College
  • Sederick C. Rice, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor of Biology
    University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
  • Fatima Rivas, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    St. Jude’s Children's Research Hospital
  • Ahna Skop, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Jessi L. Smith, Ph.D.
    Associate Vice Chancellor for Research
    Professor of Psychology
    University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
  • Augusto Tentori, Ph.D.
    Postdoctoral Associate
    Massachusetts Institute
  • Ruth Washington, Ph.D.
    Executive Director
    Kent State University


  • Marie A. Bernard, M.D.
    Acting Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity, Office of the Director
    Deputy Director, National Institute on Aging
    National Institutes of Health
  • Alison Gammie, Ph.D.
    Director, Training, Workforce Development and Diversity (TWD)
    National Institute of General Medical Sciences, NIH

This page last reviewed on January 15, 2018