Launched in February 2018, the Diversity Speaker Series is designed to recognize and acknowledge the Special Emphasis Portfolios, as designed by the NIH Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, and to place special emphasis on positive, equitable, and inclusive employment experiences for federally identified and underrepresented groups. Through this speaker series, we hope to provide educational and cultural/sensitivity awareness opportunities for NIEHS and surrounding communities.
Recognition Months and Special Emphasis Portfolios
Each group has a traditional month for recognition. Speakers are invited to present their work and/or their story with focus on the identified portfolio during the associated month.
|Month||Recognition||Special Emphasis Portfolio|
|February||Black History Month||Black/African Americans|
|March||Women’s History Month||Women|
|May||Asian Americans and Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders Heritage Month||Asian Americans and Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders|
|June||Pride Month||Sexual and Gender Minorities/LGBTQIA|
|Hispanic Heritage Month||Hispanics|
|October||National Disability Employment Awareness Month||People with Disabilities|
Speakers from any background, culture, or walk of life can also be invited at any time of year. Recognition, acknowledgement, and celebration are everyday events!
|June 22, 2023||2023 NIEHS Diversity Speaker Series – Honoring Pride Month||Mallory Choudoir, Ph.D.;
Cameron Kim, Ph.D.;
Carmen Williams, Ph.D.
|North Carolina State University;
|May 24, 2023||2023 NIEHS Diversity Speaker Series: Honoring Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month||Rosie Alegado, Ph.D.||Associate Professor, Oceanography and Hawaii Sea Grant; Investigator, Center for Microbial Oceanography; Research and Education; University of Hawaii at Manoa||Asian Americans and Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders Heritage Month|
|March 13, 2023||2023 NIEHS Spirit Lecture: Celebrating a Life of Unexptected Opportunities||Vivian W. Pinn, M.D.||Senior Scientist Emerita, Fogarty International Center, NIH; Founding Director (Retired), NIH Office of Research on Women's Health||Women’s History Month, Spirit Lecture|
|February 23, 2023||2023 NIEHS OSED Diversity Speaker Series: From Trying to Better Treat Pancreatic Cancer to Helping Diversify STEM: The Journey of an HBCU Grad||Antonio Baines||Associate Professor Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, Cancer Research Program, JLC-Biomedical/Biotechnology Research Institute, North Carolina Central University||Black History Month|
|October 24, 2022||NIEHS Diversity Speaker Series: An Introduction to Ableism||David Rice||NIH Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion||National Disability Employement Awareness Month|
|October 18, 2022||NIEHS Diversity Speaker Series: The Intersection Between Biography and Research: My Academic Journey||Fernando Rivera||Puerto Rico Research Hub, University of Central Florida||Hispanic Heritage Month|
|July 21, 2022||2022 NIEHS Diversity Speaker Series: Showing Up Whole: Pauli Murray's Courageous Life||Barbara Lau||Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice||Pride Month|
Older videos can be found in the Diversity Speakers Series video collection.
Ericka L. Reid, Ph.D., M.Ed.
Director, Office of Science Education & Diversity
P.O. Box 12233Mail Drop B2-06Durham, N.C. 27709