ABRF Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Council

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Purpose

The purpose of the Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Council  is to ensure that ABRF advances the organization’s core value to “foster diversity and inclusion throughout the ABRF community.”

Responsibilities

The DEI Council will:

  1. develop for Executive Board consideration  a recommendation regarding  which  characteristics of diversity and types of equity and inclusion ABRF should foster,
  2. conduct research, surveys, and other investigations to understand and determine a base line for the ABRF community’s assessment of our current level of diversity, equity and inclusion,
  3. develop metrics and benchmarks for evaluating ABRF’s success in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion,
  4. draft a Diversity Equity and Inclusion Policy for Board consideration,
  5. propose and scope programs for enhancing diversity equity and inclusion, and    
  6. recommend other actions that support the core value.

Composition

The DEI Council will include up to 12 members as follows:

  1. three ABRF member volunteers who have served in leadership roles, one of whom will serve as Chair;
  2. three ABRF at-large member volunteers, including those who are active with ABRF Chapters;
  3. two member volunteers from ABRF Institutional member organizations;
  4. two member volunteers from ABRF Corporate Partners;
  5. one Executive Board member liaison; and
  6. ABRF Executive Director.

Selection

A request for volunteers to apply for the DEI Council will be posted on the ABRF web site and discussion forums, and e-mail lists through the ABRF website. The Executive Director and Chairs of the Council will interview applicants and select members.  In selecting individuals to serve as members, every effort will be made to select a group that reflects the ABRF community’s diversity.

Current Members

Andy Chitty, Oregon Health & Science University
Justine Kigenyi, (EB liaison) University of Kansas Medical Center
George Langford, Syracuse University
Tania Mesa, (Co-Chair), Moffitt Cancer Center
Jane Romm, Agilent Technologies
Ken Schoppmann, ABRF Executive Director
Todd Smith, InnovATEBIO
Frances Weis-Garcia, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Mary Winn, (Co-Chair), Van Andel Institute

Prior Members

Roxana Del Rio Guerra, University of Vermont
Deborah Hollingshead, University of Pittsburgh
Bill Hendrickson, University of Illinois at Chicago (Retired)
Feather Ives, University of California, Berkeley
Eduardo Rosa-Molinar, University of Kansas

Resources

Community Colleges: the New Frontier for Advanced Biotechnology Education and Laboratory Services - ABRF 2019 Annual Meeting

Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation
America's Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads 
National Academies of Sciences, 2011

Minority Serving Institutions
America's Underutilized Resource for Strengthening the STEM Workforce
National Academies of Sciences, 2019