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

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  • Gordon Moskowitz, Ph.D.
    Professor and Chair of Psychology
    Lehigh University
  • Jack Dovidio, Ph.D.
    Dean of Academic Affairs of the FAS
    Carl I. Hovland Professor of Psychology and Professor in the Institute for Social and Policy Studies and of Epidemiology (Chronic Disease)
    Yale University
  • Stanley Andrisse, Ph.D., M.B.A.
    Assistant Professor, Howard University College of Medicine
    Adjunct Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins Medicine
  • Edwin J. Barea-Rodriguez, Ph.D.
    Professor and Associate Dean for Student Success and Instructional Innovation
    Roland K. and Jane W. Blumberg Professorship in Biosciences
    The University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Steven Barnett, M.D.
    Director, National Center for Deaf Health Research and Rochester Bridges to Doctorate
    Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences
    University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Sherilynn Black, Ph.D.
    Director, Office of Biomedical Graduate Diversity
    Assistant Professor, Practice in Medical Education
    Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement
    Duke University School of Medicine
  • George C. Hill, Ph.D.
    Former Vice Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Levi Watkins Jr., M.D., Professor Emeritus in Medical Education and Administration and Professor Emeritus of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology
    Vanderbilt University
  • Rae Nishi, Ph.D.
    Senior Research Scholar
    Marine Biological Laboratory
  • Florastina Payton-Stewart, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
    Xavier University of Louisiana
  • Iris Romero, M.D.
    Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    The University of Chicago Medicine
  • Nelson Sanchez, M.D.
    Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Weill Cornell School of Medicine
    Urgent Care Physician, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Healani Chang, Ph.D.
    Program Director, Research Associate Specialist, Pacific Biosciences Research Center
    Affiliated Faculty, Center for Teaching Excellence, Office of Faculty Development and Academic Support
  • Hilda Hutcherson, M.D., M.S.
    Senior Associate Dean, Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, Columbia University, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Vijay Pendakur, EdD.
    Robert W. and Elizabeth C. Staley Dean of Students, Cornell University
  • Siobhan Wescott, M.D., M.P.H.
    Assistant Professor of Practice, North Dakota State University
  • Talithia Williams, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Mathematics and Associate Dean for Research and Experiential Learning, Harvey Mudd College


  • Nicole Lang
    Scientific Program Manager
    Scientific Workforce Diversity Office
    Office of the Director
    National Institutes of Health


  • Hannah Valantine, M.D.
    Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity
    National Institutes of Health
  • Roy Wilson, M.D.
    Wayne State University


  • Benjamin T. Butler
    Senior Attorney
    HHS Office of the General Counsel, NIH Branch
  • Noni Byrnes, Ph.D.
    Acting Director
    Center for Scientific Review
    National Institutes of Health
  • Alison Gammie, Ph.D.
    Division of Training, Workforce Development and Diversity
    National Institute of General Medical Sciences
  • Kay Lund, Ph.D.
    Division of Biomedical Research Workforce
    Office of Extramural Programs
    National Institutes of Health

This page last reviewed on November 20, 2018