Return to Issue #01 November / 2015
Keystone Symposia Diversity Life Sciences Programs E-Newsletter


Welcome to INCLUDE, the official newsletter for the Keystone Symposia's Diversity Life Sciences Programs (DLSP).

Dear DLSP Family:

I am so pleased to welcome you to the inaugural issue of INCLUDE. On a monthly basis, INCLUDE will provide timely information on issues that impact you – our program participants, mentors, sponsors, and other stakeholders in the biomedical science community. One of our standing features will be Profiles of participants, mentors, and sponsors that provide a snapshot of why that person and/or service is so important to the DLSP family. We will also feature articles, discussions, and podcasts that tackle the hard questions facing diversity issues in science, such as why there are still so few underrepresented (UR) participants in the most elite circles of biomedicine, and what places like the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), Keystone Symposia, and other organizations are doing to encourage and broaden UR participation.

We demand three things from INCLUDE: (1) that it informs our community about issues related to diversity in science; (2) that it educates our community on best practices associated with UR mentoring in science; and (3) that it inspires all of us to work even harder to advance the goal to broaden academic training and workforce development of all students, postdoctoral researchers, and early career scientists, but most especially UR scientists working in academe, industry, and the public sector.

I demand three things from our readers: READ the newsletter. SHARE it with colleagues. TELL us where we get it right, where we're off the mark, or just plain wrong. In other words – be proactive readers! We welcome your comments and the broad perspectives they will invite and encourage.

As you get to know me, you will hear me say this often: Let's Get It Done. I believe this newsletter is a first step in the right direction.

Let's start the journey today.

Warm regards,

Irelene P. Ricks, Ph.D.
Director of Diversity, Life Sciences
Keystone Symposia