Black Voices in Research Series Finale

this event has been postponed

Black Voices in Research: Series Finale

To honor the bravery and strength of the Black Voices that shared their stories in this series,  six members of the UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute's Diversity and Cultural Competence Council stepped forward to pledge their commitment to advocating for change at UF and beyond.

Black Voices in Research

About the event

UF CTSI DC3 logo

As part of our mission to cultivate and engage each other in honest and vulnerable conversations about race, the UF CTSI Diversity and Cultural Competence Council (DC3) introduces its second 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.

inaugural voice | Graduate Research assistant | UF College of Medicine

Samuel Inkabi

"Having found our voices, we minorities are capable of telling our stories better and one way of telling our stories is through the various research studies we do because our stories have a great contribution in solving the problems we have as a people and that is 'why is diversity in research important to me?'."


Meet the Voices

Tiffany Danielle Chisholm Pineda

Chair | UF CTSI DC3 | Research Navigator | UF CTSI

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Justine Nicholas, MS

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

Justine Nicholas

Gailine McCaslin, MS

Senior Project Manager | Office of the Dean | UF College of Medicine

Gailine McCaslin

Patricia Xirau-Probert, PhD

Assistant Dean for Student Advocacy and Inclusion | Clinical Assistant Professor | UF College of Medicine

Photo of Dr. Patricia Probert

Randy Foli

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

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Kristina Forman

Communications Specialist | UF CTSI

Kristina Forman

About the DC3

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 Danielle Chisholm 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

Senior Project Manager | Office of the Dean | UF College of Medicine

Gailine McCaslin

Denise Long

Administrator | Social and Behavioral IRB (IRB02) Committee

Denise Long

Justine Nicholas, MS

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

Justine Nicholas

This event is supported by the UF CTSI and the UF Racial Justice Research Fund. The UF CTSI is supported in part by NIH Clinical and Translational Science Awards UL17RRO01427, KL2TRO01429, and TL1TR001428.