Minority Affairs Committee

The nine members of the committee shall are appointed by Council on staggered three-year terms. The committee is responsible for generating and developing programs that assure equal treatment of all professional immunologists on the basis of merit.

COMMITTEE MISSION


The mission of the Minority Affairs Committee (MAC) is to generate and promote programs that assure equal treatment of all professional immunologists on the basis of merit. The MAC focuses on activities that advance the scientific development and career opportunities for minority scientists, in order to help them become full-fledged members of the scientific community. Minority scientists are defined by the National Institute of Health guidelines to represent individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in health-related research nationally. These groups include African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, and natives of the U.S. Pacific Islands (Hawaii, Guam).

To help advance its mission, the MAC maintains a List of Minority Members, comprised of AAI members in good standing who are underrepresented minority scientists, from established investigators to trainees. In addition to fostering a networking and mentoring community, the list serves as a resource for immunologists and scientists in other disciplines when considering individuals for selection as speakers at meetings or seminar series, to participate in review panels, to serve on editorial boards, and to participate in other professional activities. Inclusion on the list is voluntary. Given the importance of successful role models and networking in attracting and sustaining minority participation in immunology, the MAC invites all eligible AAI members to consider adding their name to the list.

To enhance participation at the AAI meeting and courses on the part of scientists/trainees underrepresented in science, travel awards are funded by a grant to the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB).1 Other MAC annual meeting activities include the AAI Vanguard Lecture (prior to 2015, known as the AAI Minority Affairs Committee Guest Lecture) and the  AAI MAC Careers and Networking Roundtable program.

Considering that the issue of minority representation in science is of paramount importance and cuts across all disciplines, the MAC is dedicated to liaising with other societies within the FASEB to develop programs aimed at ameliorating the dire condition of representation of minority scientists in biomedical sciences. The MAC establishes subcommittees as needed to develop goals and to select potential minority guest speakers at AAI meetings.

1 The AAI Minority Scientist Travel Awards are funded by a grant to FASEB from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Institutes of Health [FASEB MARC Program, T36-GM08059-32 NCE].

COMMITTEE MEMBERS


Robert J. Binder, Ph.D. ('20), Chair
Associate Professor
University of Pittsburgh
Robert Binder website

Jonathan A. Deane, Ph.D. ('18)
Senior Investigator I
GNF/Novartis 
Jonathan Deane website

Mireia Guerau-de-Arellano, Pharm.D., Ph.D. ('18)
Assistant Professor
Ohio State University
Mireia Guerau-de-Arrellano website

Charlotte M. Vines, Ph.D. ('18)
Assistant Professor
University of Texas at El Paso
Charlotte Vines website

Claudia V. Jakubzick, Ph.D. ('19)
Assistant Professor
National Jewish Health
Claudia Jakubzick website

Luis A. Sanchez-Perez, Ph.D. ('19)
Assistant Professor
Duke University
Luis Sanchez-Perez website

Floyd L. Wormley, Jr., Ph.D. ('19)
Professor and Associate Dean of Research & Graduate Studies
University of Texas at San Antonio
Floyd Wormley website

Homero Sepulveda, Ph.D. ('20)
Director, Antibodies & Immunoassays
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Homero Sepulveda website

Tonya J. Webb, Ph.D. ('20)
Associate Professor
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Tonya Webb website