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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 Award


SIDP is soliciting Infectious Diseases Diversity, Equity, and 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. The primary purpose of this research award is to support and build careers of the underrepresented 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. Clinical and bench research impact underrepresented communities, and applications in either of these areas may be considered.


$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. Specifically, applicants enrolled in a PGY1/PGY2/fellowship or graduate degree training program during the award period are ineligible. 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, SIDP members who have received an SIDP Research Award as PI in the past two years and members of the SIDP Board of Directors are ineligible to serve as PI for this award. 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, co-investigator, mentor, or consultant), he/she will be recused from participating in the review or handling of this award. It is the responsibility of the Committee member to notify the Research Committee Chair of their intent to participate in an application. DEI Task force liaisons who will be contributing to the review of applications are not eligible to apply.

Submission and Review of Proposals

New Request for Proposals coming soon

2021 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Research Award 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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