Workforce Development core director to present final workshop in new Cultural Diversity series

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Workforce Development Core Director Margarita Dubocovich, PhD (right)

Published March 20, 2018

“Enhancing Workforce Excellence and Cultural Diversity by Broadening Participation and Professional Development” will present approaches to increasing diversity and enhancing excellence in both educational programs and the translational research workforce.

“We will discuss how to promote learning and development, while emphasizing inclusiveness and sustained excellence.”
Margarita Dubocovich, PhD, Workforce Development Core Director
SUNY Distinguished Professor, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion
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The final installment of this year's CTSI Cultural Diversity Workshop Series will be conducted by Workforce Development Core Director Margarita Dubocovich, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor, Pharmacology and Toxicology, and Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion.

This workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, April 3, 5 – 6:30 p.m., in the Clinical and Translational Research Center.

“We will discuss how to promote learning and development, while emphasizing inclusiveness and sustaining excellence,” said Dubocovich. “We’ll show how this can be achieved through increased research opportunities, mentoring, and career and professional development.”

CTSI Core Competency Workshops are designed to increase the knowledge base of researchers and trainees in 14 subject areas that are deemed essential to researchers in clinical and translational science by the NIH’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. Participants who attend all the workshops in a series are eligible to receive a CTSI Certificate of Completion. Physicians who attend any or all of the Core Competency workshops in a series may be eligible for CME credit.

According to CTSI Educational Workforce Specialist Ashley Regling, MA, “The Cultural Diversity Workshop Series is designed to help attendees differentiate between cultural competency and cultural sensitivity principles. The workshops typically focus on the importance of recognizing the demographic, geographic and ethnographic features within communities and populations when designing clinical studies."

The Cultural Diversity Workshop Series was introduced this academic year.

Workshop participants learn to describe the relevance of cultural and population diversity in clinical research designs, she said. Furthermore, the series aims to create a dialogue regarding the cultural and social variation in standards of research integrity. Attendees acquire skills to help in their critique of studies for evidence of health disparities, such as disproportional health effects on select populations.

Follow the link at right to register for the “Enhancing Workforce Excellence” workshop.