Diversity Postdoctoral Alliance Committee
Welcome to the DPAC website! We encourage you to explore our site and learn more about the committee and how to get involved. This website makes available information about the mission and initiatives of DPAC, as well as introduces the leaders of the committee. We are in active partnership with many other like-minded organizations in the community and at Hopkins. The committee is currently co-chaired by Dionna Williams and Marc Edwards.
To create a prominent interdisciplinary network for engaging, connecting, developing and supporting postdoctoral fellows historically underrepresented in the sciences.
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DPAC is an interdisciplinary and postdoc-run sub-committee of JHPDA dedicated to enhancing the academic, professional, and social development of underrepresented individuals in higher education by systematically identifying and addressing their needs and concerns.
DPAC supports a variety of objectives through its initiatives, which can be found here.
Diversity Speaker Series. To provide an opportunity for talented underrepresented postdoctoral fellows and faculty (inside and outside of JHU SOM) to gain exposure and present their work at JHU SOM.
Leadership Fellowship and Travel Award. To formulate a highly competitive NIH standard fellowship and travel award for underrepresented postdoctoral fellows at JHU SOM.
Mentoring Network Family. To construct a network of support for minority individuals at the three critical career stages (graduate student, postdoctoral fellow, and faculty) of academic science.
Journal Club and Town Hall Meeting [add link to Spring meeting Agenda pdf] To provide information on diversity in the sciences and to provide an avenue to discuss challenges that underrepresented individuals in the sciences here at Hopkins may be facing.
DPAC holds bi-yearly social community building events as well as partnering with other diversity groups such as: Black Residents and Postdocs (BRAP) the Biomedical Scholars Association (BSA), Black Graduate Students Association (BGSA), Student National Medical Association (SNMA), Graduate Women’s Empowerment Network (GWEN), and others. Leadership: Co-Chair: Dionna Williams, Ph.D. – Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology firstname.lastname@example.org Co-Chair: Stanley Andrisse, M.B.A., Ph.D. – Pediatric Endocrinology email@example.com Committee Member: Marc Edwards, Ph.D. - Cell Biology firstname.lastname@example.org Committee Member: Charles Odonkor, M.D. - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation email@example.com
Travel Awards for Meetings
Career Development, Workshops, and Symposia
Why Diversity is Important (provided by Roland Owens, Asst. Dir. NIH Intramural)