Exploring and Enhancing Diversity for IACUCs and IRBs

Exploring and Enhancing Diversity for IACUCs and IRBs


IACUCs and IRBs should comprise skilled and knowledgeable individuals committed to the common goal of ensuring and promoting the ethical conduct of research. While most institutions have a diversity policy or program, the focus is often on demographic characteristics. For IACUCs and IRBs, expanding the definition to include diversity of perspectives, backgrounds, experiences, and social identities can strengthen a committee’s overall ability to carry out its mission.

How can IACUC and IRB staff and members foster and promote diverse representation on their committees, and utilize that diversity to enhance the oversight of research? Moreover, how can diverse committees work together effectively?

Presented by PRIM&R members who have successfully implemented diversity and inclusion strategies, this interactive webinar will offer practical advice and recommendations for increasing diversity to maximize IACUC and IRB effectiveness.

What will I learn?

After attending this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Define diversity, inclusion, unconscious bias, and stereotype threat
  • Understand the opportunities for IACUCs and IRBs to enhance research itself through diverse opinions and viewpoints
  • Understand the difference between "a seat at the table" and "a voice at the table"
  • Describe mechanisms to increase diversity communication competencies of regulatory personnel and committee members
  • Implement some strategies for managing conflict while embracing diverse perspectives

Who should attend?

This introductory webinar will be beneficial for research ethics and compliance professionals and members of all types, including IACUC and IRB staff, chairs, and members.

Continuing Education

Webinar participants holding the Certified Professional in IACUC Administration (CPIA®) credential may apply 1.5 continuing education credits towards CPIA recertification.


Duke Morrow, MDiv, DMin

Duke Morrow, MDiv, DMin

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Donna Matthews Jarrell, DVM, DACLAM

Donna Matthews Jarrell, DVM, DACLAM

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Additional Resources

A collection of relevant background reading, further reading, links, templates, checklists, and/or charts accompany each PRIM&R webinar. Groups that register for webinars receive a discussion guide containing thought-provoking questions and facilitation tips that may help in using the webinar as an educational tool for IRBs.


If you are not yet a PRIM&R member, we encourage you to join today, and take advantage of your very first membership benefit immediately: a discounted registration fee to this webinar.

Member $145 $0
Nonmember $200 $190
Member $325 $0
Nonmember $400 $190

PRIM&R’s Diversity Statement

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. Learn more.