UNITE - Events

A cornerstone of the UNITE initiative is collaboration through sharing and discussing relevant data and salient topics with stakeholders. At our regularly scheduled events, UNITE presents the latest data and ideas on diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the biomedical workforce and in research, and features leaders from the NIH community as well as other experts from the biomedical research community. For more information on upcoming events and to view presentations from past events, see below.

Upcoming Events

New UNITE Events 

  • New events will be added when available.

Upcoming DEIA Events Across the NIH

Past UNITE Events

  • From December 1, 2021 through February 1, 2022, the UNITE initiative hosted 14 listening sessions with external stakeholders who work and serve in diverse settings. The insights shared provided valuable information on the full range of issues and challenges facing diverse talent and will help develop UNITE initiative priorities and an action plan. Topics of interest included 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; and structural racism in the biomedical research enterprise. High-level summaries of each session are forthcoming and once final, will be added to the corresponding listening session.
    • Listening Session – Colleges and Universities
      December 1, 2021 | Summary
      February 1, 2022
    • Listening Session – Historically Black Colleges and Universities
      December 2, 2021 | Summary
      January 11, 2022 | Summary
    • Listening Session – Foundations and Professional Societies
      December 6, 2021 | Summary
    • Listening Session – Tribal Nations and American Indian / Alaska Native Communities
      December 7, 2021 | Summary
    • Listening Session – Faith-Based Organizations and Houses of Worship
      December 8, 2021 | Summary
    • Listening Session – Minority-Serving Colleges and Universities
      December 9, 2021
      January 12, 2022
    • Listening Session – Nonprofit Organizations, Community-Based Organizations, Advocacy Organizations
      December 14, 2021
      January 18, 2022
    • Listening Session – Health Centers and Systems
      January 13, 2022 | Summary
    • Listening Session – Students and Trainees
      January 26, 2022
    • Listening Session – Research Staff (Assistants, Associates, Technicians)
      January 27, 2022

Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD)

  • Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) Meeting
    The co-chairs of the UNITE committees present their respective priorities, progress and accomplishments, metrics of success, and next steps to the ACD.
    Presentation to the Advisory Committee to the Director, NIH

    December 10, 2021
    Learn more about the ACD meeting
  • Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Equity Learning Session (August 18, 2021)
    Dr. Lawrence Tabak provides an overview of the NIH UNITE Initiative, including progress to date and future plans, and answers questions in the hope that the discussion will catalyze efforts by other HHS agencies to increase inclusivity and diversity in their fields.
  • Update on the UNITE Initiative
    Presentation to the Advisory Committee to the Director, NIH
    June 11, 2021
  • Promoting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Biomedical Research — The UNITE Initiative
    Presentation to the Advisory Committee to the Director, NIH
    February 26, 2021

Past DEIA Events Across the NIH

This page last reviewed on May 17, 2022