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This meeting held on October 7, 2020 served as an introduction to leaders in academic centers of health and medicine to SEA Change Biomedicine, a systemic approach for achieving institutional change. The conversation covered:

  • The SEA Change Biomedicine framework, process, and metrics that are shaped and informed by the complexity of the diverse legal and organizational structures of medical schools and academic health centers.

  • The vital roles that leaders in academic health and medicine can play in the co-creation of the framework, advisory council, and launch of the SEA Change Biomedicine Institutional Award pilot in spring of 2021, when we plan to accept Letters of Intent for institutions planning to subsequently apply for the Institutional Bronze Award by April 30, 2022.


Dr. Malcom is the Director of SEA Change and a Senior Advisor to the CEO at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In this position she works to improve the quality of and increase access to education and careers in STEMM. Dr. Malcom is a co-author of the landmark report, The Double Bind: The Price of Being a Minority Woman in Science (1976). She is a trustee of Caltech, a regent of Morgan State University and a former member of the National Science Board, the policymaking body of the National Science Foundation. Dr. Malcom chaired the NASEM Committee on Barriers and Opportunities to 2-Year and 4-Year STEM Degree Completion. She serves on the boards of the Heinz Endowments, Public Agenda, the National Math-Science Initiative and Digital Promise. Internationally, she is a leader in efforts to improve access of girls and women to education and careers in science and engineering and to increase use of S&T to empower women and address problems they face in their daily lives, serving as co-chair of the Gender Advisory Board of the UN Commission on S&T for Development and Gender InSITE, a global campaign to deploy S&T to help improve the lives and status of girls and women. In 2003, she received the Public Welfare Medal of the National Academy of Sciences, the highest award given by the Academy.

Darla Thompson, PhD is the Senior Project Director for SEA Change Biomedicine at AAAS. Dr. Thompson has over a decade of experience in social, ethical, and historical analyses of STEMM education and practices. Previously, she served as faculty and senior program manager for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Health Policy Research Scholars at The George Washington University, a leadership program for doctoral students from underrepresented backgrounds and under-resourced communities. Dr. Thompson served as a program officer in the Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice at the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. While there, she led workshops on topics such as advancing racial equity, achieving health equity and well-being in rural communities, exploring equity in multisector health partnerships, and community violence as a population health issue.