ACD Working Group on Diversity

Mission and Charge

The Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) Working Group on Diversity (WGD) was formed in response to the ACD Working Group on Diversity in the Biomedical Research Workforce (WGDBRW) recommendations. The WGD is a permanent working group of the ACD and has been charged with providing regular advice to the to the ACD and National Institutes of Health Director on effective strategies to increase the representation of diverse individuals underrepresented nationally in biomedical research and to reduce disparities in research awards from diverse applicants underrepresented nationally in biomedical research. The goals of the WGD are to:

  1. Enhance access and opportunities for all in order to foster a diverse scientific community
  2. Enrich the educational, mentoring, and scientific experience of individuals in the biomedical research training pipeline
  3. Promote personal and professional growth for biomedical researchers underrepresented nationally in biomedical research
  4. Foster mutual respect and valuing of differences, as well as cross-cultural understanding and the realization of the value of diversity in science
  5. Advance programs that prepare diverse individuals underrepresented nationally in biomedical research as scientific leaders

Related Resources

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  • David Asai, PhD
    Senior Director
    Undergraduate and Graduate Science Education Programs
    Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • Nanibaa' Garrison, PhD
    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Anthropology
    Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society
    Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Renée Navarro, PharmD, MD
    Vice Chancellor, Diversity and Outreach
    University of California, San Francisco
  • Gordon Moskowitz, PhD
    Professor and Chair of Psychology
    Lehigh University
  • Jack Dovidio, PhD
    Professor of Psychology and Principal Investigator
    Yale University
  • Stanley Andrisse, PhD, MBA
    Assistant Professor, Howard University College of Medicine
    Adjunct Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins Medicine
  • Edwin J. Barea-Rodriguez, PhD
    Professor and Associate Dean for Student Success and Instructional Innovation
    The University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Steven Barnett, MD
    Director, National Center for Deaf Health Research and Rochester Bridges to Doctorate
    Associate Professor of Family Medicine
    University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Sherilynn Black, PhD
    Director, Office of Biomedical Graduate Diversity
    Assistant Professor, Practice in Medical Education
    Assistant Vice Provost of Faculty Advancement
    Duke University School of Medicine
  • George C. Hill, PhD
    Former Vice Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
    Levi Watkins Jr., MD, Professor Emeritus in Medical Education
    Vanderbilt University
  • Rae Nishi, PhD
    Burroughs Wellcome Fund Director of Education
    Marine Biological Laboratory
  • Florastina Payton-Stewart, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Xavier University of Louisiana
  • Iris Romero, MD
    Dean for Diversity and Inclusion
    Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Nelson Sanchez, MD
    Assistant Professor of Medicine
    Urgent Care Physician
    Weill Cornell School of Medicine and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center


  • Irene Avila, PhD
    Office of the Director
    National Institutes of Health


  • Hannah Valantine, MD
    Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity
    National Institutes of Health
  • Elba Serrano, PhD (Term Ends December 2017)
    Regents Professor of Biology
    New Mexico State University
  • Roy Wilson, MD (Term Begins December 2017)
    Wayne State University


  • Benjamin T. Butler
    Senior Attorney
    HHS Office of the General Counsel, NIH Branch
  • Richard Nakamura, PhD
    Center for Scientific Review
    National Institutes of Health
  • Alison Gammie, PhD
    Division of Training, Workforce Development and Diversity
    National Institute of General Medical Sciences
  • Kay Lund, PhD
    Division of Biomedical Research Workforce
    National Institutes of Health

This page last reviewed on November 22, 2017