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Diversity Officers
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The NPA Diversity Statement

The National Postdoctoral Association seeks to promote diversity and ensure equal opportunity and inclusion for all postdocs in the membership, leadership and activities of the NPA regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, disability, national origin, socio-economic status, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

The NPA Diversity Officer

The NPA is committed to addressing the diversity issues in the postdoc community.  To assist in this effort, the NPA created the position of Diversity Officer. The Diversity Officer serves as the public face of diversity postdoc issues for the NPA, and is the primary resource and expert advisor for the NPA Board of Directors, the staff, and committees.


The specific responsibilities of the NPA Diversity Officer includes the following:

  • Assist in the development and maintenance of NPA resources on diversity.
  • Advocate for increased diversity among postdoctoral scholars, ensuring the needs of underrepresented groups are addressed.
  • Maintain and expand relationships with federal agencies and national organizations that have an interest in diversity issues and policies.
  • Monitor external policies and developments on diversity issues.
  • Address public inquiries on the NPA policies and recommended practices on increasing and maintaining diversity within the postdoc community.

Interested in volunteering?

Meet Our Diversity Officers

Claire Horner-Devine, Ph.D.

Diversity Officer

Claire Horner-Devine, Ph.D., is co-founder and co-director of three national programs designed to accelerate and improve the career advancement of early career women and researchers from underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), including WEBS, LATTICE and BRAINS. She is also the founder of Counterspace Consulting, which creates professional development and leadership opportunities for professionals in STEM fields with a focus equity, inclusion and diversity. Horner-Devine received her doctorate degree in biological sciences from Stanford University and worked as a faculty member in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington for almost a decade. She has extensive experience in education, equity and professional development, and a significant focus of her current work is at the national scale with professional development programs for early career scientists from underrepresented groups in STEM. Horner-Devine also has experience as an environmental consultant for a private firm and as a program officer for The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

Caleb McKinney, Ph.D.

Diversity Officer

Caleb McKinney, Ph.D., graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in biology and a minor in applied economics and management. He then completed a doctorate degree in microbiology from New York University. During his postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, he served on several training committees and managed a cadre of professional development programs for postdoctoral research fellows. At Georgetown University Medical Center, McKinney leads the Office of Career Strategy and Professional Development (CSPD), the Biomedical Graduate Education (BGE) career center, which offers a full suite of resources, programs, and services that are dedicated to enhancing the career development needs of its biomedical graduate students and postdoctoral research fellows.