Half-birthday for Diversity Club

For the last six months I’ve made brief mentions of the happenings of IHME “Diversity Club” on Healthy Algorithms. What is it?

I’m not sure if I mentioned, but I’m a co-chair of the Department of Global Health Diversity Committee, and we had a strategic retreat in December, where we identified “Training (Stand-alone and in curriculum)” as one of our top three priorities. We had a good brainstorm on ways to advance this priority, and an idea that stuck with me from it was “Different types of workshops, trainings, dialogues (format and topic – individual, structural, policy)”

Diversity Club is a different type of workshop. It has low-overhead. It is regularly recurring. And it has drawn a range of interest, depending on the time of year, the topic, and the competing priorities around IHME.

You can see some of the things we’ve discussed tagged diversity club on HA https://healthyalgorithms.com/tag/diversity-club/

Looking back on them, discussing The Invisible Knapsack was the one I was most nervous about https://healthyalgorithms.com/2017/04/10/diversity-club-the-invisible-knapsack/ it went fine.

Counter-measures for implicit bias left me the most optimistic about the possibility of positive change https://healthyalgorithms.com/2017/02/24/journal-club-counter-measures-for-implicit-bias/

I’ll report back again at a year.

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