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Inclusivity Minute Email Project - Frequently Asked Questions

What is the goal of this initiative?

The Inclusivity Minute Email Project is an initiative of the OD and the DCEG Fellows Committee, composed of representatives from each branch. The goal is to introduce DCEG staff to topics related to diversity and inclusion that they might not already be familiar with and to provide resources to learn more.

We all come to DCEG with different backgrounds and experience. The Inclusivity Minute aims to spark conversation and inquiry.

Why an email?

In 2017, the NCI offered a staff training on the topic of Unconscious Bias which was attended by many across the Division. Afterwards, the DCEG Fellows Committee received some feedback that those who might benefit most from the training had not attended, a phenomenon that has been observed elsewhere (Kulik et al. The rich get richer: Predicting participation in voluntary diversity training.J Organiz Behav).

In 2018, the DCEG Fellows Survey revealed that 13% of fellows have been made to feel uncomfortable or witnessed others being made to feel uncomfortable in our workplace because of their gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion or other personal qualities.

Spurred by these findings, the Fellows Committee proposed a short, DCEG-specific email to both complement the Unconscious Bias training and reach a broader audience.

How are the topics selected?

Members of the DCEG Fellows Committee have brainstormed an initial list of topics, and they hope to continue adding to this list with your help. They select a topic for the following month’s email message during monthly meetings. They try to prioritize topics that are new and may not otherwise be covered by NIH and NCI-wide emails.

What is the writing/review process?

So far, authors have been volunteers from the DCEG Fellows Committee. The writing responsibilities are rotated among members of the committee. Each Inclusivity Minute is first reviewed by the DCEG Fellows Committee, and then by staff in the DCEG Office of Education and the Communications team.

If you would like to be an author or to participate in the review process, please reach out to Jackie Lavigne in the Office of Education or Jeanny Wang on the DCEG Fellows Committee.

Please share any and all feedback and suggestions via our anonymous form.

Where can I go for more resources?

Resources on each specific topic are provided in the emails. In general, more information on issues of diversity and inclusion can be found at the NIH Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.