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The primary mission of Women and Diversity (WDC) is to support women and minority clinicians, investigators, and  trainees through education, mentorship, and the collection of resources and metrics.

Members attending the SNO Annual Meeting in Boston are encouraged to attend a special diversity and inclusion session on Friday, November 19, 2021, featuring noted health policy expert, Joseph Betancourt, MD, MPH.  Details can be found here .

WDC evolved from the combined efforts of Women in Neuro-Oncology and the diversity task force of the clinical trials enrollment working group who acknowledged a critical unmet need in the neuro-oncology community to support each other within this dynamic and evolving sub-specialty. Within this subcommittee, strategies will be developed to support the diverse and evolving needs of our members.  This committee is focused on promoting member engagement (led by co-chair Alyx Porter), research opportunities (led by co-chair Shawn Hervey-Jumper), and clinical care (led by co-chair Ugo Chukwueke). Innovative solutions to the dilemmas faced by our members will be implemented. The Women and diversity committee welcomes collaboration with other SNO committees and working groups. 

To join the committee, indicate your interest by emailing any of the working group leaders. 

Working Groups

You are encouraged to be part of a working group. Your expertise and investment are essential! If you are interested in participating in any of the working groups listed below, please contact the working group leader.

  • Women in Neuro-Oncology is led by Dr Peters.  The mission of this working group is to advance the careers of women in neuro-oncology.
  • Mentorship and Networking is led by Dr. Porter.  The mission of this working group is to Establish tools for connections and collaboration within neuro-oncology.
  • Abstract and Travel Scholarships is led by Dr. Hervey-Jumper.  The mission of this workgroup is to secure funds and partner with the awards committee in the selection of women and underrepresented in medicine trainees for travel scholarships to the annual meeting.
  • Metrics is led by Dr. Jackson.  The mission of this working group is to establish surveys to and collect data regarding the unique needs of women and URM in neuro- oncology with a goal of developing solutions to help support our membership.  
  • Investigator diversity is led by Dr. Hervey-Jumper.  The mission of this working group is to work with funding agencies to promote and advertise funding opportunities for minority investigators.
  • Clinical trial enrollment is led by Dr. Chukwueke.  The mission of this working group is to develop strategies to enhance minority enrollment in clinical trials.
  • Neuro-Oncologic considerations in women and diverse populations is led by Dr. Gatson.  The mission of this working group is to share and commission research focused on women's issues and minority health including annual meeting education sessions.
  • Community outreach is led by Dr. de la Fuente.  This working group will organize community outreach lectures that coincides with the annual meeting.

Diversity Investigator Funding Opportunities & Resources

  1. Amos Minority Medical Faculty Development Program 
  2. Diversity Supplement
  3. Exploratory Grant Award to Promote Workforce Diversity in Basic Science (R21 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) 
  4. NIH Diversity in Extramural Programs
  5. Harvard-specific
    1. Harvard Catalyst Program for Faculty Development and Diversity (PFDD) Inclusion Fellowship (clinical and/or translational research)
    2. Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership (DICP) Faculty Fellowship
  6. NIH Loan Repayment Programs
  7. AAN Transcends Program 
  8. Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC) Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity
  9. Short-Term Research Education Program to Increase Diversity in Health-Related Research
  10. American Psychological Society (Porter physiology development fellowship)
  11. Ford Foundation Pre-doctorate fellowships
  12. BMS Foundation National Medical Fellowships to Increase Diversity in Clinical Trials
  13. National LGBT Cancer Network