Upcoming Webinar on Campus Climate: What Can Leaders Do?


From the NPO

We invite you to join us for a webinar tomorrow (Wednesday, May 17) from 1:00-2:00pm Eastern Time on Improving Campus Climate for Diversity and Inclusion: What Can Leaders Do?  During the webinar, we will explore how leaders at campuses that have made significant progress toward diversity succeeded at moving the dial – through their actions, words, policies, and practices. We will learn about the AAMC’s ongoing pilot of a Diversity & Inclusion Culture and Climate Toolkit at eight institutions in California. Finally, we will hear from Cal State Fullerton, one of the pilot sites for the D&I toolkit, about how they used the tool and results for their campus. The webinar will conclude with an audience Q&A and discussion around how to monitor and improve campus climate. Register here.

The AAMC is seeking submissions for two research recognition awards.  The first is the Sharing Research Resources award which recognizes successful models for sharing biomedical research resources, such as sharing a core facility among institutions and campuses. The second is the Innovation in Research and Research Education award which highlights institutional biomedical research and research training initiatives that enhance research data rigor and reproducibility in innovative and more effective ways.  The application deadline for both awards is Friday, June 9, 2017.

The University of Cincinnati announced the creation of a new Collaborative for Student Success model that will foster new interdepartmental partnerships in order to improve support to all undergraduate students.

Funding Opportunities

HRSA is soliciting applications for the 2017 Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program. The BHWET Program aims to develop and expand the behavioral health workforce serving populations across the lifespan, including rural and medically underserved areas. Proposals are due June 12, 2017.

The NIH has announced an R01 grant opportunity, Addressing Health Disparities through Effective Interventions among Immigrant Populations. Funding will support innovative research to develop and implement effective interventions to address health disparities among U.S. immigrant populations. Standard dates apply.


 “For every 10 African-American students who enter college, only four will graduate,” writes Kim Wilcox, Chancellor of UC Riverside, in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. The Chancellor highlighted several strategies that UC Riverside used to address the achievement gap: enhancing data collection and analysis (particularly student surveys), supporting affinity groups on campus, and providing comprehensive staff support for diversity and inclusion efforts.

An article in The Atlantic explores the ways in which “whiteness” in math education reproduces racial advantages for white students and disadvantages historically marginalized students of color.

Cultural competency is steadily making its way into the curriculum at health professions schools. But what happens when patients are biased toward their providers? An article in AAMC News provides some suggestions for addressing patient bias and discrimination against physicians in clinical settings.

Dr. Hannah Valantine, Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity at the NIH, discusses the successes of the NIH-funded BUILD program in a blog entry.

Tonya Matthews, president and CEO of the Michigan Science Center, shares how we can stimulate achievement in science, technology and engineering literacy, and mathematics (STEM) for everyone, especially young black women.

What should a college president do in year 1? A new report by the Aspen Institute’s Task Force on the Future of the College Presidency lays out a model for what a productive first year should look like.

Portland State University has named Rahmat Shoureshi as its next president. Shoureshi most recently served as the interim president of New York Institute of Technology. He will succeed Wim Wiewel, who will step down at the end of this school year but remain on the faculty.


An op-ed by President Michael V. Drake of The Ohio State University was published in Nature. President Drake called for universities to engage in diversity research and identify effective strategies and models for improving diversity in the biomedical research workforce. The op-ed cited a recent report by USU/APLU and AAMC, Increasing Diversity in the Biomedical Research Workforce: Actions for Improving Evidence

An op-ed in STAT urges universities and academic health centers to include social justice topics when educating health professionals, as part of a strategy for reducing health inequities.

Upcoming Events

Register today for the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU) Summer Meeting, July 20-21 in Atlanta, GA. This year’s meeting will focus on strengthening our universities’ resilience and their ability to enhance local and regional resilience through community engagement and partnerships.

Do you want to conduct high quality research related to achieving health equity? Join the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health for a 2-day course on Applications of Innovative Methods in Health Equity Research. The course provides a comprehensive introduction to innovative methods and skills required to conduct rigorous health equity research and translate evidence-based strategies into practice and policy.

The American Public Health Association will hold their annual meeting November 4-8 in Atlanta, GA. The theme this year is Creating the Healthiest Nation: Climate Changes Health. Register here.

The Root Cause Coalition will hold their second annual national summit on the social determinants of health October 9-10 in Louisville, KY. The two-day event will bring together representatives from healthcare, the non-profit sector, the faith community, researchers, clinicians, government leaders, and businesses to share best practices, offer community connections and resources, and engage in the crucial discussion of how to best address the social determinants of health. Register here.

Publications and Resources

A new discussion paper released by the National Academy of Medicine attempts to define community-engaged health professions education and tie it to the World Health Organization’s Global Strategy for Health Workforce 2030.

In April, The Lancet published a new series about equity in the U.S. health care system. Articles span a variety of topics, from health disparities among American Indian/Alaska Native populations to the relationship of mass incarceration with public health inequities. Click here for a full list of articles from the series.

A JAMA article describes the frustrations of minority faculty who are repeatedly tapped to serve on committees and perform other service obligations – often at the expense of their own research – in order to improve diversity. Rather than continue to levy this “minority tax” on faculty of color, the author suggests that universities diversify administrative leadership, increase the supply of minority faculty, and pledge to eliminate both overt and subtle discrimination on campus.

Also in JAMA: new genomic health technologies could exacerbate existing disparities in access to quality care. However, these technologies do have the potential to improve health equity – if we increase minority participation in genomic research.