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ABRF Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Council

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 10 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 Corporate Partners,
  4. one Executive Board member liaison, and
  5. 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 Board Liaison to the Task Force 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, Chair, (EB Liaison), Oregon Health Science University
Bill Hendrickson, University of Illinois at Chicago (Retired)
Deborah Hollingshead, University of Pittsburgh
Feather Ives, University of California, Berkeley
Justine Kigenyi, University of Kansas Medical Center
Eduardo Rosa-Molinar, University of Kansas
Ken Schoppmann, ABRF Executive Director
Todd Smith, Bio-Link.org
Frances Weis-Garcia, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Mary Winn, Van Andel Institute

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