DEI Resources

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Resources



Each year, NCURA publishes 6 editions of NCURA Magazine, management, perspectives on federal policy written by members and non-members, and the latest information and topics of interest to research administrators. The January/February 2019 issue introduced the Inclusion Initiatives column, which highlights new or ongoing diversity and inclusion ideas or processes (see the column's introductory announcement by Denise Moody here). Full digital editions of this year's Magazine Issues are available to NCURA members here. Issues from prior years are available to both members and the general public here.


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
In Hindsight: The Vision of D&I in Research Administration. Where We Were, Where We Could Have Been, and Where We Are Going
by Theresa Caban, Saiqa Anne Qureshi, and Marianne Woods
December 2020
Empowered to Lead through Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
by Laneika K. Musalini
October/November 2020
Calling It Out: Responding to Bias and Stereotypes
by Saiqa Anne Qureshi and Tolise Dailey
August 2020
I'm Not Racist, I Have Black Friends
by Natasha Williams and Derick Jones
June 2020
Understanding Diversity and Equality: Managing Professional Etiquette Across Teams
by Saiqa Anne Qureshi and Jaime Petrasek
March/April 2020
Oh, The Places We Will Go! Diversity and Inclusion, Now What?
by Laneika K. Musalini
January/February 2020
Understanding Diversity: Research Study Design and Operationalization. The Role of the Research Administrator
by Saiqa Anne Qureshi and Jaime Petrasek
December 2019
Inclusion Without Borders
by Laneika K. Musalini
October/November 2019
Diversity Matters: Promoting Workplace Diversity in Research Administration
by Natasha Williams
August 2019
Building Towards the Future Together Through Diversity & Inclusion
by Laneika K. Musalini
May/June 2019
Culture and Diversity: The Next Frontier
by Mario Medina
March/April 2019


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