As Director of the National Eye Institute, I am proud to be part of NIH as we take a stand against structural racism in biomedical research.
Under the leadership of NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins, we:
- Launched a new initiative called UNITE. This initiative has already begun to identify short-term and long-term actions to address structural racism at NIH, the institutions we support, and anywhere where NIH research activities take place.
- Issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking input from the public and stakeholder organizations about our plans as we move forward. The RFI is open through April 9, 2021, and responses to the RFI will be made publicly available.
You can learn more about NIH’s efforts, actions, policies, and procedures through a newly launched NIH webpage on Ending Structural Racism aimed at increasing our transparency on this important issue.
We look forward to working together on this critical effort.