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SIDP Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists is committed to creating and sustaining an inclusive and welcoming society and improving the representation of minoritized individuals in our membership, leadership, and profession. In July 2020, we appointed the Task Force on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, to uplift the voices of minoritized members and to recommend actions that will better ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion across the Society. Recognizing the value and on-going importance of the Task Force, as of 2021, it is now a permanent SIDP Committee.

View SIDP's DEIB Statement

DEIB Statement

Committee Members


Kenneth Lawrence
Executive Director
 Seres Therapeutics

Past Chair

Robbie Christian
PGY2 Infectious Diseases Residency Program Director; Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System

Vice Chair

Lee Nguyen
Associate Professor
Loma Linda University


Dominic Chan
Edoabasi McGee
Jacinda Abdul-Mutakabbir
Jennifer Xin Liao
Juan Villanueva
Keriann Bennett
Krutika Mediwala Hornback
Lina Hamid
Nathan Everson
Patrick Clay

Rodrigo Burgos

Ronda Akins
Saloni Patel
Sonia Rao
Surafel Mulugeta
Tiffany Bias
Veena Venugopalan
Yewande Dayo

Trainee Members:

Chandria Mitchell
Michael J Parisi Mercado

What we are working on

  • Diversity training for all of SIDP leadership
  • Bimonthly seminar for students interested in PGY2 ID
  • Increasing diversity within SIDP by 10%
  • Increasing diversity within SIDP leadership by 10%
  • Serving as liaisons for all of SIDP committees 
  • Establishing 2023 DEI Research grant 
  • Establishing DEI Mentorship programming directed towards diversifying SIDP membership and committees

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Research Grant


SIDP is soliciting Infectious Diseases Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion research proposals from SIDP members who qualify as investigators with a focus on projects that promote more equitable, inclusive, diverse, accessible, and just practices involving infectious diseases (as defined in the Applicant Criteria section below). The primary purpose of this research grant is to support and build careers of the under-represented researcher community (and/or) to improve communities most affected by structural racism. The proposed research must address our understanding or improvement of the impact of racial disparities and/or structural racism in our profession or the care of our patient populations. Applications in clinical and bench research that impact underrepresented communities may be considered.

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$20,000 is available to fund a one (1) year, non-renewable grant.

Application Criteria

At the time of application submission, the Principal Investigator (PI) must meet all eligibility requirements to be a Full or Associate Member of SIDP (see eligibility criteria). If not a current SIDP member, membership will be awarded as part of receipt of this grant award. The PI or co-principal investigator (co-PI) must self-identify as being from a race, ethnicity, gender identity, or sexual orientation historically underrepresented in infectious disease research. Applications from individuals who are trainees at the time of submission will not be considered. However, applicants employed in a position eligible to serve as PI at their institution who are enrolled in post-PharmD graduate or non-degree programs are eligible. This award cannot fund work in fulfillment of any graduate degree requirements. Finally, members are ineligible to serve as PI for this award if they have received an SIDP Research Award as PI in the past two years or serve on the SIDP Board of Directors. Questions regarding applicant eligibility should be addressed in writing to the Chair of the Research Committee prior to submission.

If a Research Committee member chooses to apply as PI, the committee member/applicant will be recused from participating in the review or handling of this award. If a Research Committee member chooses to apply as Co-Investigator, mentor, or consultant, the committee member will be recused from reviewing the that proposal for the award. It is the responsibility of the Committee member to notify the Committee Chair of their intent to participate in an application.

Submission and Review of Proposals

Proposals should follow the guidelines described in the RFPs and be submitted via email to: Chair of the Research Committee, Trang Trinh (, Vice Chair of the Research Committee, Greg Tallman (, and SIDP’s main email ( Applications submitted after the application deadline will not be considered.

Proposals must be submitted by email no later than 11:59 PM EST on July 31, 2023.

2021 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Research Grant Winners


Brenda Simiyu, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDP

West Jefferson Medical Center


Yewande Dayo, PharmD, BCIDP

Ochsner Health

Project: Exploring factors that impact mentorship of minoritized individuals in professional organizations

Christine Dimaculangan, PharmD

Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers

Project: Project PLAY: Pharmacist-Led PrEP EducAtion in Young Adults

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