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SERforum - Live with Dr. Martha Werler

Welcome to the SERforum - Live discussion with Dr. Martha Werler!

Join us at 12pm EST, where Dr. Werler will be available to answer your questions relating to Diversity and SER.

Quote from ssbevan on November 7, 2018, 9:05 am

Welcome to the SERforum - Live discussion with Dr. Martha Werler!

Join us at 12pm EST, where Dr. Werler will be available to answer your questions relating to Diversity and SER.

Hello SER folks - I'm looking forward to hearing from y'all on D&I matters in a few short minutes.  In addition to answering your questions, I have a question and a request for you:

Question: What does diversity within the context of SER mean to you?

Request: Send your ideas for extending 'diversity' in epidemiology - regarding research, researchers, study pops, training, or other areas.


Hi all,

I'm ready and waiting!  Let me know your thoughts.

I would love to find ways to encourage colleagues in other areas of public health and fields related to epidemiology, but not epidemiologists specifically, to participate in SER, especially those who work with disparate populations. I think such collaborations could promote innovative and comprehensive thought regarding the feasibility and meaning of our research. It could also lead to some great brainstorming and networking opportunities!

As a follow-up to the session at the 2018 Annual Meeting, is SER focusing efforts on or planing any workshops/sessions discussing gender equity issues (i.e. funding, transition from K to R, faculty appointments/promotions)?

Julie - this is a great idea.  SER has started partnering with other organizations (ACE, ISPE) for joint webinars - with more being set up.  We could expand those to focus on research in marginalized pops.

Thanks for doing this, Martha! To me, diversity means allowing for everyone to have access to opportunities to participate in SER, regardless of what institution they come from, level of public health racial/ethnic group, socioeconomic status, or national origin. Also, it means representing a range of research topics in the SER agenda.

Can you tell us a bit about what SER's focus will be in terms of expanding diversity within the institution?


From that symposium we are planning a mentor-mentee program for women in the early career stage.  


Diversity would likely first entail a focus on under-represented groups in more traditional categories.  A pipeline approach from early exposure to the field and training to senior epidemiologists.  It could then be extended to encompass other diversity goals, perhaps like the inclusion of scientific areas that have historically not been aligned with epidemiology.

Hi Magda,

SER has a great opportunity to influence both the diversity of epidemiologists and our research.  We can be leaders in inclusion with some simple steps like gender-neutral bathrooms at meetings, hosting symposia on D&I topics, offering playlists on diversity topics and teaching resources.

I’d like to see us make some bigger steps by prioritizing diversity among our invited speakers and by creating a mentoring program for early career epidemiologists.  I’d love to pair seasoned epidemiologists with junior folks of ‘color’ to provide guidance on navigating the many systems in place that affect success as an epidemiologist.  What do I mean by folks of color?  How about anyone feeling at the margins? 

I think SER could be proactive about promoting women and minorities in positions of power in our discipline (journal editorships, committee leaderships, study section reviewers).  But these require membership involvement, which brings in the D&I working group and viewers of this forum!