The Program for Faculty Development and Diversity (PFDD) emphasizes the recruitment and retention of a diverse clinical and translational workforce as a top priority throughout Harvard Catalyst governance, programming, training, and resource allocation.
Specifically, the program:
- Supports institutional efforts to increase diversity among Harvard faculty and trainees, through annual Faculty Development and Career Development Programs which include lectures and workshops aimed at addressing key career development issues. Topics span: Federal Funding opportunities, Presentation / Communication Skills, Getting it Right in Primetime: Improving Your Media Interaction Skills
- Offers education, mentoring and community-building events aimed at improving the promotion and retention rates among diverse faculty who are conducting clinical and translational research, and
- Improves the cultural competence of all Harvard faculty.
The PFDD collaborates with faculty development and diversity offices at Harvard Medical School and Harvard-affiliated academic health care centers, and is a member of the Consortium of Harvard Affiliated Offices for Faculty Development and Diversity (CHADD).
- Co-Sponsors the New England Science Symposium (NESS) promotes careers in biomedical science. NESS, offered annually since 2002, provides a national competitive forum for postdoctoral fellows; medical, dental, and graduate students; post-baccalaureates; college and community college students (particularly African-American, Hispanic, and American Indian / Alaska Native individuals) involved in biomedical or health-related scientific research, to present their research projects through oral or poster presentations.