Anti-Racism: A Roadmap to Policy Transformation in BME

January 28-29, 2021

AIMBE is hosting a virtual summit on January 28-29, 2021 to catalyze institutional changes directed to Biomedical Engineering departments, and their respective institutions, to actively lead the way on anti-racism.

The goal of the summit is to provide a set of detailed action items that would foster an optimal climate for equity and inclusion on campus. The following themes will be addressed: Culture and Climate, Institutional Policy, Equity and Inclusion, and Public Accountability.


University President’s Address Racism in BME

Gilda Barabino, Ph.D.

Olin College of Engineering


Gary May, Ph.D.

UC Davis


Roy Wilson, M.D.

Wayne State University


Deans Panel: Institutional Changes to Implement NOW

Stephanie Adams, Ph.D.

Dean of the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science
University of Texas, Dallas


Jennifer Curtis, Ph.D.

Dean of the College of Engineering
UC Davis


Rosemarie Wesson, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Chemical Engineering
The City College of New York


Federal and Private Funding for Diversity and Inclusion

Noni Byrnes, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Scientific Review
National Institutes of Health


Lorelle Espinosa, Ph.D.

Program Director
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation


Summit Steering Committee:

  • Norma Alcantar, Chair of the Committee for Underrepresented Minorities, AIMBE
  • Evangelia Bellas, Chair of the Diversity Committee, Biomedical Engineering Society, BMES
  • Tejal Desai, President, American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, AIMBE
  • Michele Grimm, Chair of the Academic Council, AIMBE
  • Sarah Mandell, Director of Public Policy and Strategic Partnerships, AIMBE
  • Mary Roberts, Chair of the N-Medicine Section, American Association for the Advancement of Science, AAAS
  • Cynthia A. Reinhart-King, Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, AIMBE
  • Sylvia Thomas, Member-at-Large, Committee of Underrepresented Minorities, AIMBE
  • Joyce Wong, Chair of the College of Fellows, AIMBE

Questions? Contact Norma Alcantar at