Scientific Workforce Diversity Officer in the Office of Extramural Research at the National Institutes of Health
Ms. Evans is the Scientific Workforce Diversity Officer in the Office of Extramural Research at the National Institutes of Health. She is responsible for developing extramural policy and national program recommendations to enhance the diversity of the NIH funded biomedical research workforce. Prior to coming to the NIH, Ms. Evans served as the External Compliance Manager for the Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and as the lead Civil Rights Analyst on Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, in the Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Ms. Evans received her B.A. in Political Science and Black Studies from Amherst College, and her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, where she was a Charles Evans Hughes Fellow and an NAACP LDEF Earl Warren Legal Scholar. Ms. Evans entered the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ), through the Attorney General’s Honors Program. She was a litigator in the Educational Opportunities Section for six years, and represented DOJ on an Executive Branch task force on affirmative action in education. Ms. Evans holds a Diversity and Inclusion Professionals Certificate from the Industrial and Labor Relations School at Cornell University.
The presentation will focus on overall Congressional direction to the NIH regarding diversity, and SBIR legislation provisions. In addition, we will look at some of the data that demonstrates under representation in the SBIR and extramural research grant PI population.