Black Voices in Research Storytelling Event

Deadline: Monday, Oct. 19, 2020 | 5 P.m.

Open Call for Participants

We want to hear your stories. The Black Voices in Research Storytelling event, scheduled for Jan. 14, 2021, is seeking Black biomedical researchers and research professionals who are interested in sharing their stories and experiences as part of this livestream storytelling event.

A microphone on a dimly lit stage

About the event

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As part of our mission to cultivate and engage each other in honest and vulnerable conversations about race, the UF CSTI Diversity and Cultural Competence Council (DC3) introduces our inaugural Black Voices in Research Storytelling Event. This event underscores the inherent value of telling our stories. Our goals of this event are to create a platform for black biomedical researchers and research professionals (faculty, staff, post-docs, and graduate students) to amplify their stories, to bring awareness to their experiences that have shaped how they show up in their field, and to build and enrich UF’s diverse research community.  Innovation, collaboration, and problem-solving in science include the voices of all of us. This is how we usher in a new era of research diversity.

To make this event a reality, we are partnering with Guts & Glory, a Gainesville-owned company run by Taylor Williams. The Black Voices in Research Storytelling Event will feature a cast of five Black voices who will share their stories in a live stream format via the Heartwood Soundstage.  These stories will be recorded, resulting in evergreen, shareable videos that can help to highlight the unique experiences of Black biomedical researchers and research professionals and contribute to the growing conversations about race, research, and academia throughout UF and other institutions across the United States.


Open Call for Participants

When we deny the story, it defines us. When we own the story, we can write a brave new ending” -Brene Brown

The Black Voices in Research Storytelling event, presented by the UF CTSI DC3, will take place on Jan. 14, 2021, and will serve as a platform to highlight and amplify the experiences of Black biomedical researchers and research professionals at UF.  The DC3 is seeking UF faculty, staff, post-docs, and graduate students, who identify as black, and with at least one year of professional working experience in the biomedical sciences field.

We want to hear your stories.  How has your race and/or ethnicity shaped your career in research? Your perspective? Is there an experience that stands out? We want to hear about the highs, the lows, and everything in between.

Do you have a story to share?

Let your voice be heard

Applications close on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020 at 5 p.m.


About the DC3

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Parallel to the appointment of UF’s first Chief Diversity Officer in 2018, the UF CTSI began to establish its Diversity and Cultural Competence Council (DC3). The goal of the DC3 has been established to intimately examine long-standing and unspoken issues of racial injustice, equality, and diversity within the working environment of the Clinical Research Professional workforce.

The DC3 persists to convene on issues of racism and injustice, meeting monthly since its inception with guest speakers, program planning, and in-depth discussions. Building a supportive, engaged community for research professionals, the DC3 is committed to its mission:

“…to help UF clinical research professionals become competent communicators and actors in the intersectional areas of diversity and culture. With the clinical research professional and community member in mind, this council seeks to develop opportunities in raising awareness of distinct needs for diversity and inclusion, while identifying and disseminating best-practice information in the UF clinical research community.”

Council Advisory Committee

Tiffany Pineda

Chair | UF CTSI DC3 | Research Navigator | UF CTSI

Tiffany Pineda

Bob Kolb, RN, MS, CCRC

Assistant Director of Clinical Research | UF CTSI

Bob Kolb

Gailine McCaslin, MS

Project Manager and HRPP Accreditation Coordinator | Research Operations and Services | UF Research

Gailine McCaslin

Denise Long

Administrator | Social and Behavioral IRB (IRB02) Committee

Denise Long

Holly Morris RN, MSN, CCRC, CHRC

Director of Research Services | UF CTSI

Holly Morris

Justine Nicholas, MS

Clinical Research Coordinator II | Department of Pediatrics | UF College of Medicine

Justine Nicholas