UNITE Wants to Learn from You: Join an Upcoming Listening Session

  • Funding Type:
    Meetings and Webinars
  • Opportunity From:

    NIH UNITE which was established to identify and eliminate structural racism in biomedical research, and was publicly unveiled February 26, 2021, at a special meeting of the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD).

Important Dates:

Historically Black Colleges and Universities - 3:00PM-4:30PM ET
January 11, 2022
Minority-Serving Colleges and Universities - 12:00PM-1:30PM ET
January 12, 2022
Health Centers and Systems - 6:00PM-7:30PM ET
January 13, 2022
Nonprofit Organizations (NPOs), Community-Based Organizations (CBOs), Advocacy Organizations - 6:00PM-7:30PM ET
January 18, 2022
Students and Trainees - 6:00PM-7:30PM ET
January 26, 2022
Research Staff (Assistants, Associates, Technicians) - 3:00PM-4:30PM ET
January 27, 2022
Colleges and Universities - 1:00PM-2:30PM ET
February 01, 2022

Opportunity Description:

UNITE invites external stakeholders from the biomedical research community who work in diverse settings to participate in its online listening sessions. Sessions began on December 1 and continue through February 2022. To date, more than 1,400 people have registered to participate, and UNITE hopes many more will sign up to lend their voices for the remaining events.

UNITE welcomes participants from all levels of the biomedical research community and those who partner and collaborate with research teams. The listening sessions are organized by audience, including people employed by or affiliated with Historically Black Colleges and Universities, tribal communities, and foundations and professional societies. There is also a session for students and trainees and one for research staff.

Readers can view the listening session schedule and register now for the one that best aligns with their affiliation. All registrants will receive a Zoom link the day before their scheduled session.

UNITE is committed to understanding the perspectives and experiences of the full range of contributors to the biomedical research enterprise. Through the listening sessions, UNITE seeks to deepen its knowledge of the issues and challenges underrepresented groups face in the scientific workforce.

Listening session discussion topics include the following:

  • 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
  • identifying structural racism in the biomedical research enterprise

UNITE will foster an environment where participants feel safe contributing their perspectives candidly, rather than seeking group or consensus advice in the sessions. An independent contractor will capture detailed notes, which will not include identifying information. The input UNITE receives will inform the development of its priorities and an action plan. If you have questions about the listening sessions or require a language interpreter or reasonable accommodation (e.g., closed captioning) to participate, please contact UNITEInitiative@nih.gov.

More Information:

** These sessions are intended to foster an environment where participants feel safe to contribute their unique perspectives candidly, as opposed to an effort to seek group or consensus advice. While participants may not agree with one another, it is important that we display respect for other’s perspectives and experiences. Detailed notes will be captured by an independent contractor and will not include identifying information.