Committees: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force

Reporting to the Board, the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Task Force charge is to engage all committees and implement its Board-approved Action Plan for ASHG’s current and evolving programming to address diversity, equity and inclusion in the genetics and genomics research workforce and in research participation. Initially charged for a two-year period (2019-2021) this group is renewed for an additional period until December 2024.

View the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force’s Action Plan

2024 Task Force Members

  • Chair: Athena Starlard-Davenport, PhD, University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center
  • Past President: Brendan Lee, MD, PhD, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Melinda Aldrich, PhD, MPH, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Michael Bauer, PhD, University of Arkansas College of Medicine
  • Robin Bennett, MS, CGC, University of Washington
  • Carla Easter, PhD, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History – serving in her personal capacity
  • Kimberlyn Ellis, BS, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Neil Hanchard, MBBS, DPhil, NHGRI – serving in his personal capacity
  • Kenneth Ramos MD, PhD, Texas A&M Health Science Center
  • Genevieve Wojcik, PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


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