Volume 6-Winter 1999
30th Anniversary Celebration of Affirmative Action
Recommitment to Diversity at HMS/HSDM
A panel on Diversity in Research Careers: Looking Ahead is scheduled
for March 4, 1999 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Carl Walter Amphitheater,
Tosteson Medical Education Center, Harvard Medical School. A reception
for the panel and audience will follow in the MEC Atrium from 5 to 6 PM.
This program is sponsored by the Division of Medical Sciences, the Joint
Committee on the Status of Women and the Biomedical Minority Students
The panel will discuss successes, strategies, and challenges for the
advancement of women and underrepresented minorities in developing research
Professor Virginia Valian, Author of the book, Why So Slow: The
Advancement of Women, published in 1998 by MIT Press. Dr. Valian is a
member of the psychology department at Hunter University in New York.
Professor Joe L. Martinez, Jr. of the University of Texas at San
Antonio. Martinez was faculty assistant to the vice chancellor for affirmative
action at UC Berkeley, and is currently professor of biology and director
of the division of life sciences at UT San Antonio. He has been an advocate
for increased diversity in the research sciences in a variety of settings.
Professor Deidre D. Labat of Xavier University in New Orleans is
Vice President for Academic Affairs at Xavier. Dr. Labat trained in microbiology
at Johns Hopkins University, Tulane University and Louisiana State University,
and has spent the last twenty years of her professional career teaching
and advising underrepresented minority science students and the faculty
members who work with them.