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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Introducing the MAVEN Leadership Training Initiative to diversify the scientific workforce

  1. Y Claire Wang
  2. Elizabeth Brondolo
  3. Rachel Monane
  4. Michaela Kiernan
  5. Karina W Davidson  Is a corresponding author
  6. The MAVEN Leadership Team
  1. Department of Health Policy and Management,Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, United States
  2. College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. John’s University, United States
  3. Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research, Northwell Health, United States
  4. Stanford Prevention Research Center, Department of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, United States
  5. Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, Northwell Health, United States
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Cite this article as: eLife 2021;10:e69063 doi: 10.7554/eLife.69063
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Diversity-related career development activities by career stage.

Diversity-related career development activities run by various parts of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the US from undergraduate student (bottom row) to senior scientist (top row). The Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program for senior women scientists who are already in leadership positions is also shown (top right). The MAVEN Initiative is aimed at newly tenured women scientists from underrepresented groups, as very few career development programs are presently targeted at this population.

MAVEN summer institutes.

The MAVEN Initiative will run two summer institutes. The institutes will have modules on respect-based scientific leadership; senior scientist career planning; evidence-based mentoring; organizational culture problem-solving, reproducibility, transparency, and open science; interdisciplinary team collaboration and inclusivity; effective science thought leadership and public engagement with science; and evaluation, sustainability, dissemination, planning, and conclusion. The topics to be covered within each module are shown in the figure.

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