Diversity Postdoctoral Alliance Committee

Welcome to the DPAC website! We encourage you to explore our site and learn more about the committee and how to get involved. This website makes available information about the mission and initiatives of DPAC, as well as introduces the leaders of the committee. We are in active partnership with many other like-minded organizations in the community and at Hopkins. The committee is currently co-chaired by Dionna Williams and Marc Edwards.

To create a prominent interdisciplinary network for engaging, connecting, developing and supporting postdoctoral fellows historically underrepresented in the sciences.

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DPAC is an interdisciplinary and postdoc-run sub-committee of JHPDA dedicated to enhancing the academic, professional, and social development of underrepresented individuals in higher education by systematically identifying and addressing their needs and concerns.

DPAC supports a variety of objectives through its initiatives, which can be found here.
  • To provide a formal support system to individuals from groups historically underrepresented in science.
  • To encourage and support diversity in the sciences and among postdoctoral fellows at JHU. This will be accomplished by a variety of opportunities, including:
  • To articulate and promote the unique challenges, needs and goals of underrepresented postdoctoral fellows and effect change (where needed) in the postdoctoral community.
  • To increase the participation of underrepresented postdoctoral fellows in cultural, educational and social activities through the use of timely dissemination of information, print and electronic bulletin boards, social media and direct outreach.
  • To develop personal and professional relationships, mentoring, and networking by implementation of an internal mentoring network of underrepresented faculty, postdocs and grad students

Top Initiatives
Diversity Speaker Series. To provide an opportunity for talented underrepresented postdoctoral fellows and faculty (inside and outside of JHU SOM) to gain exposure and present their work at JHU SOM.
Leadership Fellowship and Travel Award. To formulate a highly competitive NIH standard fellowship and travel award for underrepresented postdoctoral fellows at JHU SOM.
Mentoring Network Family. To construct a network of support for minority individuals at the three critical career stages (graduate student, postdoctoral fellow, and faculty) of academic science.
Journal Club and Town Hall Meeting [add link to Spring meeting Agenda pdf] To provide information on diversity in the sciences and to provide an avenue to discuss challenges that underrepresented individuals in the sciences here at Hopkins may be facing.

Community Building 
DPAC holds bi-yearly social community building events as well as partnering with other diversity groups such as: Black Residents and Postdocs (BRAP) the Biomedical Scholars Association (BSA), Black Graduate Students Association (BGSA), Student National Medical Association (SNMA), Graduate Women’s Empowerment Network (GWEN), and others. Leadership: Co-Chair: Dionna Williams, Ph.D. – Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology dwill201@jhmi.edu Co-Chair: Stanley Andrisse, M.B.A., Ph.D. – Pediatric Endocrinology sandris2@jhmi.edu Committee Member: Marc Edwards, Ph.D. - Cell Biology maedwards86@gmail.com Committee Member: Charles Odonkor, M.D. - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation codonko2@jhmi.edu

Faculty Support
  • JHM Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Vice President James Page, M.B.A.
  • SOM Administrative Office of Faculty Diversity, Associate Dean Chiquita Collins, M.A., Ph.D.
  • SOM Administrative Office of Student Diversity, Assistant Dean Daniel Teraguchi, Ph.D.
  • SOM Department of Cell Bio Cell Biology, Associate Dean Graduate Biomedical Education, Professor Peter Espenshade, Ph.D.
  • SOM Comp Med Mol and Comp Pathobiology, Vice Dean Faculty Affairs, Professor Janice E. Clements, Ph.D.
  • SOM Department of Pharmacology, Associate Professor Namandje Bumpus
  • SOM Department of Surgical Oncology, Professor Martha Zeiger, M.D.


Travel Awards for Meetings

Career Development, Workshops, and Symposia

         Why Diversity is Important (provided by Roland Owens, Asst. Dir. NIH Intramural)
  • Hong L, Page SE. Groups of diverse problem solvers can outperform groups of high-ability problem solvers. PNAS. 2004 Nov 16;101(46):16385-9. Full text.
  • Freeman RB, Huang W. Collaborating With People Like Me: Ethnic co-authorship within the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) Working Paper No. 19905 Issued in February 2014. Full text.
  • "Diversity in STEM: What It Is and Why It Matters": by: NIH postdoc, Kenneth D. Gibbs, Jr., PhD, MPH. Full text.
  • Diversity in STEM: Why it is essential by: Fred Guterl. Full text
  • Diversity in the Workplace Full text.
  • Inequalities of Women in Science
  • Gender inequality in science By Andrew M. Penner: How should a better gender balance be achieved? Full text.
  • Nelson Diversity Surveys: A collection of data sets that quantify the representation of women and minorities among professors, by science and engineering discipline, at research universities. Link1; Link 2.
  • Social Media: Follow us on Facebook @Dpac Jhpda!!