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Diversity and Inclusion at DCEG

The Division has a long-standing commitment to the recruitment, retention, and development of a diverse group of investigators and trainees. The DCEG 2020-2025 Strategic Plan prioritizes “recruitment strategies to attract highly qualified and diverse candidates." These efforts are led by Jackie Lavigne, Ph.D., M.P.H., Chief of the Office of Education, who oversees training and career development for the DCEG fellowship program and various levels of scientific staff.  

Emphasis on Recruitment

DCEG partners with the NCI Equity Committee, the NIH UNITE Initiative, and the NIH Scientific Workforce Diversity (SWD) Office to diversify the scientific workforce and expand recruitment and retention.  

We recruit trainees and other staff through the NCI iCURE Program, participate in recruitment events at scientific meetings of minority-focused professional societies, and engage with minority high school students local to the NIH. 

Read about iCURE Scholars in DCEG.

Programs to Sustain Diversity in Research

DCEG is committed to supporting NCI's diversity and inclusion initiatives to retain women and underrepresented minorities in research careers. Each year, our postdoctoral fellows compete successfully for positions in NCI-supported one-year leadership training programs that provide coaching, training, and additional support: Sallie Rosen Kaplan Fellowship for Women Scientists and Diversity Career Development Program, respectively. 

Supporting Diversity through Continual Learning

To support and maintain a diverse workforce, DCEG staff elect representatives to the Women Scientist Advisors and leadership and staff serve on the NCI Equity Working Groups. Learn about our Women Scientist Advisors

In 2018, DCEG began the Inclusivity Minute Email Project as a joint effort between the DCEG Fellows Committee and Division Director to cultivate a culture of inclusion. Monthly Inclusivity Minute email messages address relevant topics and provide resources for learning more. Learn about the Inclusivity Minute

Spotlight on Scientists: Ashley Felix, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Former DCEG fellow Dr. Ashley Felix talks about what it means to be an epidemiologist and a trainee in DCEG.