SWHR Comments to NIH UNITE Initiative Committees on Diversity in Biomedical Careers


Published 4/8/21

SWHR President & CEO Kathryn G. Schubert submitted comments to the National Institutes of Health UNITE Initiative Committees in response to their Request for Information: “Inviting Comments and Suggestions to Advance and Strengthen Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Biomedical Research Workforce and Advance Health Disparities and Health Equity Research.”

Women account for about half of medical graduates and doctoral recipients in the biological sciences, but are underrepresented at all levels of leadership in the biomedical field. Women of color encounter both significant racial and gender biases. SWHR asked members of the UNITE Initiative to not only address biases that affect communities of color, but also to consider how the intersectional influences of race, ethnicity, and gender — along with other demographic factors — can create compounding barriers for individuals in the scientific workforce.

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