New Race & Ethnicity partnerships drive equality in research

Published: Monday 23rd November 2020
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Inequities in academic research are manifested in many different ways: from the low proportion of women who are tenured professors, to the extremely low rates of grants awarded to researchers who are members of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in research, to the lack of appropriate sex and gender-based analysis in research studies.

In March, Kumsal Bayazit, CEO of Elsevier, and Richard Horton, Editor of the Lancet, launched Elsevier’s Inclusion and Diversity Advisory Board, which has brought together the expert and thoughtful contributions of leaders from across the international research and healthcare community. The Board addresses issues around gender and racial & ethnic equity across the STEM research ecosystem with standards, best practices and evidence-based initiatives that drive unbiased, robust decisions on how research is conducted to improve equity in research funding, peer review, publication and career opportunities.

As part of our response to publicly condemn racism and recognize its deteriorating effects on our society, we have worked closely with Elsevier’s Race & Ethnicity leads and African Ancestry Network to develop a new portfolio of partnerships to tackle health disparities among black and ethnic minority communities, scholarships and tech programs for girls.

The Implementation Science Fellowship Program with the Julius L. Chambers Biomedical Biotechnology Research Institute at NC Central University

The partnership will facilitate the rapid adoption of evidence-based interventions to address health disparities in diverse communities. Funding will be made available to develop Implementation Science-focused research teams at NCCU to address specific health equity and disparities’ concerns in the community. The project will support IS training, outreach, and networking activities within the NCCU community; faculty workshops in nursing, social work, psychology and public health to embed IS best practice and examples and host a multi university Implementation Science seminar series.

CODE Girl Club with Black Girls CODE

BGC has developed an effective, culturally-sensitive, community focused STEM curriculum, and additionally provides soft skills training and core community building to foster deeper personal transformation, professional growth, and community ties for girls of color. BGC provide participants with both skills necessary to develop proficiency in basic computing concepts as well as build upon the learned core competences with a tiered curriculum offering further training opportunities.

In 2021, the Elsevier Foundation will support a BGC CODE Club in Philadelphia containing a series of interactive sessions throughout the duration of this 4-6 week program that includes mobile app development, web development, and game development. The program provides participants with intensive training sessions to develop skills sets in one or more of these coding technologies. In addition to classroom instruction, office hours are also available for participants throughout the duration of the program.

bwhaMillennial Sister Circle with Black Women’s Health Alliance

Black Women’s Health Alliance’s (BWHA) mission is to improve health care outcomes and reduce health disparities for African American and other minority women and families in Philadelphia through advocacy, education, research and support services. The Millennial Sister Circle seeks to increase knowledge and improve attitudes and behaviors, empowering young African American women to take charge of their health outcomes and reduce their emotional and physical health disparities. The project will build off of the success of the Prime-Time Sister Circle Curriculum, an existing BWHA program supporting women between 40-75 years of age.

2a) HBCU Schools of Nursing Scholarship Fund Historically Black Colleges and Universities Schools of Nursing Scholarship Fund

For many African-American students choosing an HBCU nursing school provides substantial encouragement and support to thrive in their careers while focusing research and outreach on the needs of minorities. Building off of the National League of Nursing/Elsevier HBCU Excellence in Technology Innovation programs, the 2020 scholarship fund will provide each of the 5 participating HBCU Schools of Nursing with a $10,000 scholarship fund to provide additional encouragement and support for the nurses of tomorrow.