Workforce Diversity in the Field of Immunology: Trying to “Boost” the Number of Underrepresented (UR) Immunologists
With threats from Zika, Ebola, malaria and even the annual round of ‘flu viruses ever present, there is a critical need for immunologists in the U.S. and around the world. At the request of Nature Reviews in Immunology, the DLSP was asked to write an article that examines the current status of UR immunologists in the U.S. The DLSP director enlisted the aid of KSF Cherie Butts (Class of 2009) who is also chair of the Minorities Affairs Committee for the American Association of Immunologists. Butts invited Dr. Avery August, chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Cornell University to join the discussion, and a happy writing team was formed.
The result of this alliance is an article, “Prime–boost strategies to embrace diversity and inclusion in immunology“ that is available online through Nature Reviews in Immunology. [nri-diversity-article]
This podcast provides a glimpse into the process of how this particular collaboration informed the direction of our story regarding the status of UR immunologists in the U.S.