The National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) is teaming up with the University of Rochester to create a diversity hub to support Deaf scientists.
Diversity Hubs were first proposed in 2015 by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The goal was to eliminate barriers in biomedical career advancements for underrepresented groups.
Although NTID has a growing number of students pursuing a career in science and medicine, the deaf community remains one of the most underrepresented groups in the biomedical fields.
The hub will provide career development and training, new technologies, accommodations, expert sign language interpreters, and a place for Deaf and Hard of Hearing scientists to network. So far, two training programs have been established, one for postdoctoral and another for masters degree students. But NTID president Gerard Buckley says this is just the beginning.
Stephen Dewhurst, vice dean for Research at the University of Rochester Medical Center believes diversity is a real benefit to research. Both Buckley and Dewhurst hope to apply for NIH grants.