PRIM&R values and promotes the diversity of people, ideas, and opinions. Diversity is one of our core values and a cross-cutting theme in our strategic plan. On this page, you'll find descriptions of PRIM&R's philosophy and initiatives that encourage and support diversity in all areas of our organization. This page also includes some other diversity resources of interest.
PRIM&R seeks to promote diversity and ensure equal opportunity for all persons within its staff, membership, leadership, and programs.
PRIM&R aims to advance good scientific and scholarly research by enhancing understanding of and commitment to the centrality of ethics on the part of all stakeholders in the research enterprise. We consider the diversity of perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences found among those many stakeholders to be an asset to our mission of advancing just and responsible research.
We strive to be aware of how diversity evolves and changes over time, and to encourage and cultivate a climate of awareness, inclusiveness, and respect in everything we do. We value and celebrate any and all differences among our staff and constituents, regardless of factors such as age, country of origin, disability status, ethnicity, gender identity, marital status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or veteran status.
PRIM&R's Diversity Advisory Group is a volunteer advisory body, appointed by the executive director from within the PRIM&R membership, that works to advance PRIM&R's goal of promoting a diverse and inclusive environment. To that end, the Diversity Advisory Group advises the PRIM&R staff on strategies for fostering a membership community where differences can flourish, and works to raise the profile of diversity as an issue that matters to the broader research oversight field. Since it was created in 2011, the Diversity Advisory Group has helped PRIM&R determine the baseline diversity of our membership by standardizing a consistent set of demographic questions, created and executed diversity sessions at eight annual conferences, promoted our core value of diversity through our blog Ampersand, advised on the organization's diversity statement, expanded our Institutional Capacity Building Scholarship Program to the IACUC conference, and offered their expertise to conference faculty to ensure presentations and case studies adequately address issues of diversity.
Below is a list of diversity-related resources that highlight the complex issues around diversity as they intersect with the work and structure of research and research oversight programs. These resources may be useful for improving diversity practices at your institution, fostering discussion among staff and stakeholders, and identifying areas for change. In addition, we provide links to PRIM&R's conference session proposal submission form; we encourage the submission of diversity-related topics and speakers for consideration by PRIM&R's conference planning committees.
Our blog, Ampersand, covers a range of topics relevant to the biomedical, behavioral, and social science research enterprise. Use the link above to see all posts with the diversity tag.
People & Perspectives (P&P) is a digital story-telling library featuring stories of those working in the human subjects and animal care and use enterprise.
Giselle Corbie-Smith and Margo Michaels: Why Are Minority Groups Less Likely to Participate In Research?
PRIM&R has three scholarship programs to assist individuals with the costs associated with attending our AER and IACUC Conferences.
Community (Unaffiliated/Non-Scientific) IRB Member Scholarship Program. The Community (Unaffiliated/Non-Scientific) IRB Member Scholarship Program aims to ensure that community members and non-affiliated IRB members receive educational and professional development opportunities equal to those of their colleagues. The program supports interested community members committed to advancing ethical research practices and provides a networking base among collegial practitioners and peers.
Institutional Capacity Building Scholarship Program. A number of small, underfunded institutions of higher education in the United States need, but do not have, fully functioning IRBs or human research protections programs (HRPPs). Many of these institutions serve primarily minority populations with educational disparities, such as historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs), and tribal colleges and universities (TCUs). Others are health institutions serving minority populations with significant health disparities, such as community clinics, regional or area Indian health boards, and tribal governments. Additionally, many small US colleges, universities and community organizations are called upon to engage in research with animals but struggle to form and/or support their institutional animal care and use committees (IACUCs) due to funding constraints. Almost all such institutions have significantly fewer resources than their larger peer institutions, which can make keeping up on and implementing best HRPP or IACUC practices a challenge. This scholarship program offers a funded educational opportunity to a limited number of teams of two representatives of such institutions, with the goal of building capacity and fostering change at their home institutions.
Global Research Scholarship Program. PRIM&R has created a limited number of scholarships for qualified representatives from low-and middle-income countries to attend the AER Conferences. In the years it is offered, the Global Research Scholarship Program is open to those who have established themselves in the research ethics profession as well as those who are in graduate school, are pursuing a doctorate, or who have less than five years' experience in their professional field.
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