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Inclusion Is Our Roadmap Back to Global Science Dominance

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
By Kafui Dzirasa, MD, PhD
Kafui Dzirasa, MD, PhD K. Ranga Rama Krishnan Associate Professor Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

In this opinion piece published in The Hill, Kafui Dzirasa, MD, PhD, K. Ranga Rama Krishnan Associate Professor, highlights some key steps universities, STEM industries, funding agencies & others can and should take in order to capitalize on the United States' strength of diversity.

He notes that while the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (AICA), adopted into law in January 2017,  sponsored by Sen. Corey Gardner (R-Colo.) can help promote U.S. innovation and help our nation maintain its competitiveness in the global arena, "the strategy advanced by AICA will not be enough on its own."

"University and research centers must, at long last, prioritize the training and development of women and minorities in STEM fields, including countering the impact of institutional bias on tenure processes."

Read the full op-ed.