Sheri Cook has been with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 2006 and is a member of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion’s (EDI) Portfolio for Blacks Committee. Her understanding of the importance of equity, diversity and inclusion here at the NIH is what motivated her to volunteer. As a committee member, she assists the committee chair with coordinating programs, activities, and initiatives, as well as, examining barriers to the employment, promotion and advancement of Blacks at the NIH.
Cook’s formal role at the NIH is Program Support Assistant in the Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP) where she provides programmatic and administrative support to EGRP's Methods and Technologies Branch.
As Malcolm Gladwell observes in his book, The Tipping Point, "The success of any kind of social epidemic is heavily dependent on the involvement of people with a particular and rare set of social gifts." Alfreda Layne is such a person, and as such, serves as a catalyst for change at NIH.