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


  • Hannah Valantine, M.D. (Co-Chair), Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity, National Institutes of Health
  • Elba Serrano, Ph.D. (Co-Chair), Regents Professor of Biology, New Mexico State University
  • Roy Wilson, M.D. (Co-Chair Elect), President, Wayne State University
  • David Asai, Ph.D., Senior Director, Undergraduate and Graduate Science Education Programs, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • John Dovidio, Ph.D., Carl I Hovland Professor of Psychology and Inst Soc Pol Studies and School of Public Health, Yale University
  • Nanibaa' Garrison, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Anthropology, Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Gordon B. Moskowitz, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Psychology, Lehigh University
  • J. Renée Navarro, Pharm.D., M.D., Vice Chancellor, Diversity and Outreach, University of California, San Francisco
  • Joan Reede, M.D., M.P.H., M.S., M.B.A., Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership and Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Scout, Ph.D., Vice President of Social Justice, The Torvus Group
  • Abigail Stewart, Ph.D., Sandra Schwartz Tangri Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies, University of Michigan
  • Michael Summers, Ph.D., Professor and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Dana Yasu Takagi, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Clyde Yancy, M.D., Magerstadt Professor and Chief, Division of Medicine-Cardiology, Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

This page last reviewed on July 7, 2017