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NIH Listening Sessions to Inform Efforts on Achieving Racial Equity

November 23, 2021

NIH launched the UNITE initiative in March of 2021 to address structural racism in the biomedical research enterprise. Through this initiative, NIH is holding a series of listening sessions from December 2021 - February 2022 to learn from external stakeholders about the full range of issues and challenges in advancing racial and ethnic equity in the biomedical research enterprise. Some of these issues include: 

  • Changing culture to promote equity, inclusivity, and justice
  • Improving policies, transparency, and oversight
  • Strengthening career pathways, training, mentoring, and the professoriate
  • Ensuring fairness in review and funding deliberations
  • Enhancing funding and research support for diverse institutions and historically under-resourced research areas
  • Structural racism in the biomedical research enterprise

The insights shared during these listening sessions will help to identify priorities for UNITE and inform the development of an NIH action plan. 


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