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MRI Programs Subcommittee

Committee Roster

Chair
Deirdra Terrell, PhD  ('22)

Vice Chair
Rayne  H. Rouce, MD  ('22)

Appointed Members
Imo Akpan, MD  ('22)
Satiro  N. De Oliveira, MD  ('25)
Adolfo  Enrique Diaz Duque, MD  ('22)
Anita D'Souza, MD,MS  ('22)
Yolanda Fortenberry  ('22)
Gabriela Hobbs, MD  ('22)
Jorge Monge, MD  ('25)
Sandrine Niyongere, MD  ('25)
Joanna  M Robles, MD  ('25)
Margo  Renee Rollins, MD  ('25)
Jenny Ruiz, MD  ('25)
Vanessa  Marie Scanlon, PhD  ('25)

Staff Liaison
Lisa Fanning

Committee Mandate

The Minority Recruitment Initiative (MRI) Programs Subcommittee, a subcommittee of the Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, oversees all aspects of the MRI portfolio including awards administration, evaluation (including review of awardee progress), program refinements, mentoring, proposal development, and marketing and outreach. The subcommittee oversees the MRI Programs Study Section and subcommittee members are expected, but not required, to participate in at least one study section during their term.

The MRI Programs Subcommittee also manages the Promoting Minorities in Hematology event, which is held during the ASH annual meeting. This event, along with the MRI Luncheon, also sponsored by the subcommittee, provides minority hematologists and trainees with networking opportunities.

The membership of the MRI Programs Subcommittee includes:

  • Chair (current Vice Chair of Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) – term congruent with service on parent committee
  • Vice Chair (current member of Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion recommended by Chair of Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) – term congruent with service on parent committee
  • At least 8 additional members, at least one of whom holds a PhD

Members of the MRI Programs Subcommittee serve staggered 4-year terms (unless otherwise indicated) with the option for an additional term. Members are expected to participate in conference calls and communicate via email as necessary.

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