Centers for AIDS Research (CFAR) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Pathway Initiative (CDEIPI): Developing Career Pathways for Early-Stage Scholars From Racial and Ethnic Groups Underrepresented in HIV Science and Medicine

Alan E. Greenberg*, Anthony Wutoh, Lisa Bowleg, Brandi Robinson, Manya Magnus, Lorena Segarra, Patti Simon, Anthony Wutoh, Kim Blankenship, Mark Burke, Nwora Lance Okeke, Amy Corneli, Sophia Hussen, Rhonda C. Holliday, Andrea Ciaranello, Musie Ghebremichael, Jessica Haberer, Risha Irvin, Nathan Irvin, Denis G. AntoineZhibin Chen, Florence Momplaisir, Kelly Jordan-Sciutto, Kaku So-Armah, Caroline Kuo, Timothy Flanigan, Martha Sanchez, Alan D. Levine, Nicolas Sluis-Cremer, John R. Koethe, Chandravanu Dash, Fred A. Pereira, Andrew P. Rice, Alana Newell, Jagadisadevasri Dacus, Christine Wood, Latesha Elopre, Aadia Rana, Eileen Pitpitan, Jamila K. Stockman, John Sauceda, Carina Marquez, Seronda Robinson, Benjamin H. Chi, Jennifer Balkus, Karina Walters, Anya Lewin, Annalise Schoonmaker, Elaine Wong, Eric Refsland

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Abstract

Background:There is an urgent need to increase diversity among scientific investigators in the HIV research field to be more reflective of communities highly affected by the HIV epidemic. Thus, it is critical to promote the inclusion and advancement of early-stage scholars from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in HIV science and medicine.Methods:To widen the HIV research career pathway for early-stage scholars from underrepresented minority groups, the National Institutes of Health supported the development of the Centers for AIDS Research (CFAR) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Pathway Initiative (CDEIPI). This program was created through partnerships between CFARs and Historically Black Colleges and Universities and other Minority Serving Institutions throughout the United States.Results:Seventeen CFARs and more than 20 Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Serving Institutions have participated in this initiative to date. Programs were designed for the high school (8), undergraduate (13), post baccalaureate (2), graduate (12), and postdoctoral (4) levels. Various pedagogical approaches were used including didactic seminar series, intensive multiday workshops, summer residential programs, and mentored research internship opportunities. During the first 18 months of the initiative, 257 student scholars participated in CDEIPI programs including 150 high school, 73 undergraduate, 3 post baccalaureate, 27 graduate, and 4 postdoctoral students.Conclusion:Numerous student scholars from a wide range of educational levels, geographic backgrounds, and racial and ethnic minority groups have engaged in CDEIPI programs. Timely and comprehensive program evaluation data will be critical to support a long-term commitment to this unique training initiative.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S5-S12
JournalJournal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes
Volume94
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2023

Keywords

  • CFAR
  • diversity
  • equity
  • inclusion
  • pathway

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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