EDI strives to advance diversity and inclusion at the National Institutes of Health, and ensure that the civil rights of all employees are protected. The Portfolio for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders is directed at ensuring that this constituency remains a successful part of a broader diversity and inclusion strategy for the NIH. This portfolio is federally mandated, having its authority grounded in Presidential Executive Orders.
Asians and Pacific Islanders are an integral part of the NIH community and we are committed to ensuring that every member of this constituency are supported, given the tools needed to be successful, and encouraged to contribute their ideas and perspectives to tackle challenges at the NIH. We are responsible for designing rich programming and outreach initiatives, our goal being to ensure positive experiences at every level of employment. We count on the commitment and support of leaders and managers from all NIH Institutes and Centers to sustain this important work. EDI works in partnership with the Office of Human Resources (OHR), the Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity (COSWD), and NIH leadership to support the Asian American and Pacific Islander Portfolio. Together, we develop collaborations to advance the representation of our Asian and Pacific Islander employees in all occupations of the NIH workforce and support this constituency in achieving their fullest potential.
At NIH we understand that our responsibility to diverse groups extends well beyond federal mandates. We define diversity broadly to include all elements of our human identities and to encompass every aspect of difference. Within EDI, we are interested in leveraging the ideas of each NIH employee to fuel innovation and drive health discovery. The Asian and Pacific Islander constituency is a critical piece of our overall diversity strategy.
Caroline Goon, MS, MBA, is an experienced higher education growth strategist who recently transitioned to the Office of Research on Women's Health at NIH where she was a Career Development Program Lead that helped to research, develop, and support opportunities to recruit, retain, and advance women in biomedical research careers.
Prior to NIH, Caroline was the Assistant Dean of Strategic Initiatives and Marketing within Georgetown University Medical Center - Biomedical Graduate Education. In that role, she helped to guide the strategic direction and special initiatives, recruitment, fundraising, and communication efforts of 33 different degree-granting programs in the areas of interdisciplinary basic and health science, data science, policy, and industry science.
Throughout her career, Caroline has recognized the paramount importance of diversity and inclusion to go beyond the typical "check the box" initiative. She established a portfolio of merit-scholarships to support students who are uniquely able to contribute to the diversity of the university community, and launched the first peer-mentoring program for underrepresented pre-health students, conducted in conjunction with Georgetown University's School of Medicine.
Caroline graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a B.S. in Biology, and a minor in Community Health. She then completed her M.S. in Biohazardous Threat Agents & Emerging Infectious Diseases and her Master of Business Administration at Georgetown University.