To bring about change, you must not be afraid to take the first step. We will fail when we fail to try. – Rosa Parks
Eight Changes for Racial Equity (8CRE) were proposed in 2020 by members of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) community serving in various roles who are motivated to ensure the NIH workplace culture is one free of racism, discrimination and harassment; and committed to compassion, respect, and understanding for all. These eight changes were shared in an open letter to Dr. Francis Collins, NIH Director on July 22. Although important strides have been made in attempts to alleviate these elements of oppression from the workplace, much more must be done to truly and effectively attain this goal. Representatives of 8CRE are actively partnering with the NIH community and NIH leadership to develop tangible solutions to combat current racial inequities, discrimination and harassment at the NIH. All members of the NIH community are critical in implementing the necessary actions required for true transformation. Support this initiative by signing here.
8 Changes for Racial Equity at the NIH
Implement an annual workplace climate survey that includes questions specifically addressing the experience of perceived race-based discrimination
Develop required anti-racism and anti-discrimination training for ALL NIH employees (with special emphasis on leadership and HR roles)
Require and incentivize leadership to be active participants in NIH diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives (e.g., workforce recruitment, retention, and promotion efforts)
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