What is a Diversity Representative (DR):
Each search committee is required to have a Diversity Representative (DR) who cannot also be chair the search committee. The DR must be a member of the faculty and is expected to take an active role in identifying women and minorities who qualify for the position. The DR is also charged with ensuring compliance with affirmative action guidelines in all phases of the search and with writing the portion of the Interim Pool Report that addresses the women and minority applicants. The DR should act during the search as an advocate for candidates from Protected Groups who are being considered for elimination from the pool.
It is the responsibility of the DR to ensure that the search committee fully understands and addresses potential implicit biases. Each member is required to review the AAMC E-Learning Seminar: What You Don't Know: The Science of Unconscious Bias and What To Do About it in the Search and Recruitment Process on the AAMC website.
The DR should contact Shontay Delalue, Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity, at 401-863-2216 to discuss the search process and deliberations regarding the Interim Pool Report, especially with respect to considering diverse candidates in the pool, prior to the Interim Pool Report being submitted to BioMed Faculty Administration (BMFA).
Further information can also be found on the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (ODMA) website. This office coordinates the recruitment efforts of those who are underrepresented in medicine and biology. ODMA is a dynamic resource offering academic, professional and personal support programs to students, faculty and staff.