Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Promoting a Culture of Respect for All

NCURA’s Diversity and Inclusion Task Force was established in 2017 to evaluate NCURA’s ability to promote and adopt diversity and inclusion strategies at both the national and regional levels of the organization. In 2018, the Task Force was charged with developing an implementation plan that includes recommended guidelines for national and regional adoption in all aspects of NCURA. In March 2018, the Task Force developed NCURA’s Statement on Diversity and Inclusion. In 2020, the statement was rededicated into NCURA’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.


NCURA's Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) recognizes, values, and celebrates diversity of persons, skills, and experiences in its mission to advance the profession of research administration. Thus, NCURA is committed to building and maintaining a diverse membership and a culture of inclusion. Every member of NCURA has a right, without regard to gender, race, ethnicity, age, religion, social class, sexual orientation, ability, personality, functional experience, or background, to fair and respectful treatment, equal access to resources to support professional growth, and equitable opportunities to contribute to NCURA’s success.


Additional statements released by NCURA include this email from June 4th, 2020 and this statement from March 19th, 2021.



Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Collaborate Community





The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Collaborate Community strives to educate, engage, and empower our membership to actively participate in creating inclusive workspaces for all. The Collaborate community serves to:

  • Educate one another on diversity, equity and inclusion, providing information and suggestions of any resource material that will educate our members.
  • Engage with various topics related to diversity, equity and inclusion, modeling conversations by way of posts to the Collaborate space.
  • Empower members to use the resources and conversations in the space to drive change at each institution.

Join us as we share ideas and practices to support a diverse, equitable and inclusive research administration community!



DEI Resources

NCURA has produced a number of resources dedicated to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including a regular column in NCURA Magazine entitled "Inclusion Initiatives" and a series of webinars. Resources from the current calendar year are included below. The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Resources page includes a fuller list of resources available to the research administration community.


2021 Inclusion Initiatives articles:
Making Events Inclusive for All: Attending vs. Including, Invited vs. Belonging
by Beatrice Sakyibea-Nyamekye, Geraldine Pierre, Saiqa Anne Qureshi, and Bonniejean Zitske
May/June 2021
Involvement and Being Differently-Abled: Inclusion for All
by Theresa Caban, Tolise Dailey, Saiqa Qureshi, and Marianne Woods
March/April 2021
Increasing Diversity in the Workforce: Unconscious Bias and Combating Name Discrimination
by Saiqa Anne Qureshi, Marianne Woods, and Laneika K. Musalini
January/February 2021



LGBTQ+ Community in the Workplace - Trans Inclusion

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This webinar will focus on inclusion of the wide LGBTQ+ community, discussing the breadth of that community, including varied gender identity and use of terminology, and on supporting and affirming transgender people in the workplace.

This is the second of six webinars focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Originally Aired: March 10, 2022
Presenters: Joanna H. Foland, MA, CTA CC, Targeting Equity in Access to Mentoring (TEAM) ADVANCE, Center for Faculty Excellence, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Alaiyia Nicole Williams, MSW, LCSW, Heart 2 Heart Counseling & Consulting, LLC; Rev. Valerie Spencer, MSW, Transcend Empowerment Institute; and Facilitator Derick Jones, The Lundquist Institute

Breaking Down Cultural Norms within the Academic Setting: Strategies for Creating a Safe Space for Honest and Open Dialogue

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Strategies for creating a safe space for an honest and open dialogue, open forum for breaking down cultural norms within the academic setting: It is critical to create safe spaces for open dialogue within the academic setting, and a vital component in this is breaking down cultural norms. The current cultural conditioning does not intentionally create an environment that supports research administrators to be active allies, speak truth to power and create open dialogue. This session will focus on strategies to create open dialogue.

This is the first of six webinars focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Originally Aired: January 26, 2022
Presenters: Geraldine Pierre, Brandeis University; Theresa Caban, Lundquist Institute for Biomedical Innovation at Harbor - UCLA Medical Center; Laneika Musalini, Tri-County Technical College




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Allyship is a lifelong process of building relationships based on trust, consistency, action, and accountability with marginalized individuals and/or groups of people. Allyship is a benefit of new awareness and behavioral norms, which in turn can drive inclusion. Attendees will receive invaluable take-aways in understanding and defining Allyship. Attendees will also gain an understanding of what an ally is and the potential impact in which one can have personally, professionally and within NCURA.

This is the sixth of six webinars focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Originally Aired: November 18, 2021
Presenters: Rashonda Harris, University of Connecticut; Marchon Jackson, University of Maryland College Park; David Schultz, University of Houston; Bonniejean Zitske

Disability & -Isms: Racism, Sexism, and Ageism

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Disability & -Isms: Racism, Sexism, and Ageism - If an organization is overrun by “-isms,” everyone loses. This lively panel discussion will shed insight of the impact of racism, sexism, ageism, and ableism. When -isms are present in an organization, people do not work to their full advantage, teams are not as strong, communication is weaker, and consultation about important tasks that require collaboration and multiple perspectives may not happen. Attendees will gain an awareness of these -isms and understand how to combat these very common forms of bias.

This is the fifth of six webinars focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Originally Aired: September 9, 2021
Presenters: Jamie Caldwell, University of Missouri - Columbia School of Medicine; Tre'Shawn Hall-Baker, PhD, Santa Monica College; Jared Karol, JaredKarol.com; and Samantha Westcott, California Institute of Technology



Research Administration and Data: What the data says about us and how we can leverage this information to be the change we seek

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Research Administration and Data: What the data says about us and how we can leverage this information to be the change we seek. In today’s climate, you’d be hard pressed to find an organization that does not talk about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) as a priority, a goal, a value, a differentiator, a part of organizational culture, and, at the same time, a focused area for improvement. This panel will examine the outputs of the latest NCURA climate survey as well as the trajectories and impact of a series of surveys of the research administration community. Attendees will gain a better understanding of the general make-up of both NCURA and the research administration community as a whole, comparisons to the US workforce overall, and the impact of an aging and heavily white and female community on the industry.

This is the fourth of six webinars focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Originally Aired: July 8, 2021
Presenters: Dr. Laneika K. Musalini, Tri-County Technical College; Saiqa Anne Qureshi, PhD, University of California, San Francisco; Mario R. Medina, PhD, University of Kansas Medical Center; and Jennifer Shambrook, PhD, University of Central Florida

Workplace Cultural Norms: Professionalism

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Workplace Cultural Norms: Professionalism - This panel will unpack the effect of workplace cultural norms and the unintended impact of those norms. Managers that hire employees who come from all economic and sociopolitical backgrounds will bring unique viewpoints and perspectives to the organization. Embracing cultural diversity allows employees from disadvantaged backgrounds to have a better opportunity to enjoy a rewarding, fulfilling career. This session will focus on case studies related to gender, accommodation, and tropes, as well as provide insight into the unintended impact. Attendees will unlock discoveries of how workplace exams, dress codes and definitions of “professionalism” are rooted in bias.

This is the third of six webinars focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Originally Aired: May 4, 2021
Presenters: Saiqa Anne Qureshi, PhD, University of California, San Francisco; Rashonda Harris, Johns Hopkins University's Master of Science in Research Administration Program; Anya Soto, Culture Crafters; Steven Lei, The Phillips Academy



Recruitment, Promotion, and Retention

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Recruitment, Retention, and Promotion are of great importance to university administrators, particularly now as Universities seek to be a microcosm of society that embrace diversity and full minority participation in all aspects of our culture. This discussion, with an expert panel on the impact of and the mitigation of bias in recruitment, retention, promotion, and redeployment, will give attendees an in-depth perspective on each topic with practical takeaways to deploy as needed in the workplace to reduce the impact of bias in their teams and larger organization.

This is the second of six webinars focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Originally Aired: March 4, 2021
Presenters: Dr. Katrina Caldwell, Johns Hopkins University; 
Annette Hay, Coventry University; Jerry Knighton, Clemson University; Dr. Valyncia Raphael-Woodward, Western University of Health Sciences; and Dr. Marianne Wood, Johns Hopkins University

Unconscious Bias

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Unconscious Biases are social stereotypes of certain groups of people that individuals form outside their own conscious awareness. Attendees will learn the foundation and gain an in-depth understanding of the impact of unconscious bias; and the impact of an inherently racist social system, as well as mitigation strategies for the workplace. The DEI webinar series will include the following topics recruitment, retention and promotion; the impact on workplace cultural norms; data around who research administrators are; the effect on those with identified differences (disability, gender/sex and age); and allyship and its critical place in NCURA and research administration.

This is the first of six webinars focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Originally Aired: January 7, 2021
Presenter: Wayne Moody, Certified Dream Builder Coach, and Rashonda Harris, Johns Hopkins University