2012 National Postdoctoral Association Conference

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Panel: Effective Strategies to Diversify Your Institution’s Postdoctoral Population

The national imperative to diversify the professoriate has led to new responsibilities for Postdoc Offices (PDOs). For example, federal funding agencies are holding institutions accountable for diversity objectives. PDOs can help implement a “Recruitment and Retention Plan to Enhance Diversity” for NIH training grants. Furthermore, campus leaders such as Chief Diversity Officers and Provosts now recognize local postdocs as a diversity training pipeline. Thus, PDOs can administer institutionally funded, diversity-minded postdoctoral fellowships as well as establish new methods to diversify the campus postdoctoral population.

This workshop will discuss strategies for targeting underrepresented minorities for the goals of 1) broadening the postdoctoral applicant pool in recruitment activities and 2) establishing a support system dedicated to the retention and success of minority postdocs. Additional outreach methods include marketing on niche diversity websites, creating campus visit programs, developing partnerships with Minority Serving Institutions, and proactive recruiting by dedicated PDO staff. Practices for sustaining underrepresented postdocs include creating local diversity-focused postdoc associations, tapping into national virtual communities, and participating in annual diversity mentoring conferences. PDOs serve as a critical focal point for assessing these diversity efforts as well as modeling effective mentoring strategies for the benefit of all postdocs.
Saturday March 17, 9 to 10:30 am
We gratefully acknowledge each speaker’s home institution for sponsoring panelist’s travel expenses.

Alberto Roca, Ph.D., MinorityPostdoc.org; Moderator
Welcome, Introductions, and Overview of Diversity Niche Marketing

LaShauna Connell, Diversity & Recruitment Coordinator, University of Pennsylvania
Institutional Recruiting by a Postdoc Office

Chris Des Jarlais, Ed.D., Assistant Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs, Univ of California, San Francisco
Postdoc Preparation Bootcamps

Edward Krug, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs, Medical Univ of South Carolina
Partnerships between NIH IRACDA Postdoctoral Fellows and Minority Serving Institutions

Poster: Introducing DiverseScholar: a New Periodical for Diverse Postdocs and their Allies

Alberto I. Roca*, Cassandra Brooks, Leticia Cano, Daniela Hernandez, Stephanie R. Miller, Andrea L. Stith, David G. Taylor, Jeremy B. Yoder, Suzanne Hunter

DiverseScholar is a new, interdisciplinary periodical for diverse students, postdocs, and their allies. All articles of this printed, biennial publication are also published online at MinorityPostdoc.org. Our mission is to help diversify the Ph.D. workforce by promoting the effective recruitment, mentoring, and career achievement of underrepresented postdocs. While economic and equity imperatives traditionally motivate an emphasis on the African-, Hispanic-, and Native-American communities, we also reach out to members of the Asian-American, LGBT, disabled, economically disadvantaged, recent immigrant, and other disenfranchised communities. The motto “we are all minorities, so let’s help each other” describes our inclusive approach since we believe that being a “minority” largely depends upon context.

Printed issues will be distributed through our unique database of diverse postdocs and graduate students and at diversity, mentoring conferences such as SACNAS, ABRCMS, AISES, SASE, NOBCChE, NSHP, etc. The periodical is an effective channel for publicizing job openings (postdoctoral, professional, faculty), fellowships, and workshops. By publishing here, institutions can also share best practices with our large network of recruiters and diversity allies such as Chief Diversity Officers. We welcome submissions to join the currently available articles: Uncovering the Invisible Minority Postdoc Talent Pool; The First National Celebration of Asian Heritage Scientists & Engineers: SASE Connects!; Online LGBT Pride: the Diversity in Science Blog Carnival; MinorityPostdoc.org Promotes New Postdoctoral Events at the 2010 SACNAS Annual Conference; “Social” Science: Experimenting with Social Media to Build Scholarship Communities; NOGLSTP “Out To Innovate” STEM Career Summit; Social Media for the Latina Scientist.


Theme “Promotion and support of a diverse population of postdocs”.
Led by the NPA Diversity Co-officers.

Proceedings and Notes

last updated 11-Apr-2012