Office of Equity and Inclusion
The Office of Equity & Inclusion, within the Office of the Director, develops and promotes practices, policies and procedures to foster civility, belonging, equity and inclusion in all aspects of our work and culture at CCR and beyond. We are focused on three main areas including workforce development, increasing health disparities research, and improving diversity and inclusion in clinical trials. We take great pride in creating a more diverse scientific workforce by facilitating the participation of groups that have been historically underrepresented in science. We champion belonging, civility and equity in the internal culture, defining best practices to recruit and retain amazing talent and outreach to encourage and strengthen participation in biomedical research.
Acting Associate Director
Shauna A. Clark, Ph.D. serves as the inaugural Senior Diversity Advisor to the Center for Cancer Research (CCR) Director at the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health (NIH), where she spends her time developing and implementing policies and programs to make CCR a more diverse and inclusive environment while highlighting and creating opportunities for historically underrepresented scientists to join NIH faculty. She is committed to ensuring that all who want to participate in scientific endeavors not only have the opportunity to do so, but also feel valued, supported, and included.
Prior to her role as the CCR Senior Diversity Advisor, Dr. Clark was the Director of the NIH Academy, a health disparities program for fellows/trainees at NIH. As the Director, Shauna oversaw its growth to an impressive, multi-faceted recruitment program. Moreover, Dr. Clark has been deeply immersed in multiple efforts to educate future public health professionals, clinicians, and researchers about health disparities while creating a more diverse scientific workforce by facilitating the participation of groups that have been historically underrepresented in science. Her work has been recognized with several NIH Honor Awards, including multiple NIH Director’s Awards for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.
Shauna completed her undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Texas A&M University and earned a Ph.D. from the Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. She completed postdoctoral work with the Liver Diseases Branch in the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
Sonia A. Garcia, Ph.D., graduated from Trinity Washington University in Washington, D.C. in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and minor in Biochemistry and Language and Cultural Studies. Dr. Garcia attained a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, Baltimore in Baltimore, Maryland in the Molecular Medicine Graduate Program with a Cancer Biology focus. Dr. Garcia has presented her research both during in-person and virtual scientific conferences, where she won two first place awards for her research talks. Sonia currently serves as a Scientific Diversity Program Manager in the Office of Equity & Inclusion in the Center for Cancer Research (CCR) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). During her leisure time, Dr. Garcia loves traveling and attending concerts. Dr. Garcia comes from a big family. She has 8 siblings and loves spending time with her family and pets.
Chabelis Byamana serves as a Program Specialist in the Office of Equity and Inclusion at the Center for Cancer Research (CCR), as a team member of Shauna Clark, Ph.D., Senior Diversity Advisor, working to implement policies and programs to make CCR an increasingly diverse and inclusive environment. Chabelis originally joined CCR as a Communications Specialist in 2020 and continues to work closely with the Communications Team in her role as Program Specialist with a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion. She cares deeply about sustainably fostering equity and inclusion, especially for those who have historically been marginalized.
Chabelis is originally from Boston, MA, and completed her undergraduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis where she studied Psychology, Global Health, and Spanish.