Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders

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.


Jassè Dickens

Jassè Dickens

Jassé Dickens is an energetic Management Analyst with an extensive background in Administration. With over 15 years of experience at the NIH, Jassé began her Federal Career in the inaugural class of the Administrative Fellows Program. Her passion for innovation, organizational communication, and helping others can be seen in the many working groups that Jassé is a member of at the NIH. A strong believer in the power of positive thinking in the workplace, Jassé believes there is no issue that cannot be resolved.

Prior to joining EDI, Jassé was an intramural Administrative Officer for several years with The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). It was during this time that Jassé developed her skills with networking directly with the scientific community and becoming a dedicated administrative support to scientist of all backgrounds.

Born and raised in Maryland, Jassé family hails from Liberia, West Africa and she celebrates her West African heritage proudly. Jassé is a graduate of Bowie State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science, in Communications and her Master of Science, in Organizational Communications. When Jassé is not working, she loves spending quality time with her son and husband who also happens to also be her college sweetheart. Jassé is the creator of a Mindfulness YouTube channel where she shares her passion for helping others see the best within themselves.

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