Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility

The Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) is committed to a culture of inclusive excellence and recognizes that Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) are fundamental building blocks to optimize health for all. We respect and affirm the inherent value of every person as we strive for a diverse, inclusive and culturally-responsive scientific workforce directed toward the goal of health equity. Our aim is that every study, educational and training program and resource supported by the CCTS explicitly addresses equity in its development, implementation and dissemination. We remain diligent and intentional in our unified efforts to dismantle structural racism, implicit and explicit biases and inequities so that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to attain their highest level of health.   

Our DEIA plan demonstrates this CCTS commitment through efforts in four areas: Leadership and Culture; Workforce Development; Inclusive Research; and Assessment and Evaluation.

Leadership and Culture: The CCTS is a model of inclusive excellence and promotes a culture where equity is a core value and diversity flourishes.

Workforce Development: The CCTS supports the development of a diverse and culturally-responsive scientific community across the translational research workforce.

Inclusive Research: The CCTS will provide research and infrastructure support along two tracks—one where an equity lens is built into all program evaluation processes; and two where support is targeted towards minority health research (as defined by NIMHHD).

Assessment and Evaluation: The CCTS promotes data-driven and empirically supported approaches to DEIA.