Diversity and Inclusion Strategist
Colin Fraser, worked as program specialist at the Center for Scientific Review, serves as chair of the partners in review committee (PIRC). The NIH Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) had named him a Black History Month Game Changer February 2020 for his role in creating the committee, which seeks to enhance communication and working relationships between extramural support staff and scientific staff. The committee is made up of senior staff and people in administrative, human resources and scientific fields.
“I would have to say this career has chosen me, NIH is full of diversity and we play a big role when it comes to helping others in need. One of the professional accomplishments I am most proud of is forming PIRC.”
He offers this advice to any new employee starting a career at NIH: “Collaborate and get involved, I have found that working with others who have a different outlook on things than me and getting involved in making the organization work better for all of us has helped me to grow in my career… Diversity is very important to me at NIH, because seeing others who look like me have the same chance and opportunities as everybody else is motivating.”
In my time at NIH I’ve had the privilege of serving as 1st vice president of Blacks in government NIH chapter for 2 years and the President of the Caribbean association of NIH (CANIH) for over 5 years.