We are pleased to announce:

The Building Trust between Minorities and Researchers (BT) Workshop

Becoming a Self-Reflective Researcher: Sussessfully Engagning Minority Communities

June 27- 28, 2018

Please save the dates if you’re interested in joining this exciting and intensive two-day workshop!

Registration will open March 12th and will close April 30th.

The BT Workshop is designed to strengthen the capacity of investigators, recruitment staff, and other research personnel to work effectively with minority communities. Over a period of two days, participants will complete seven interactive and engaging modules. At the end of the workshop, participants will leave with a practical set of skills for building relationships with minority communities and recruiting and retaining minority and health disparity populations in their research.


What:    Becoming a Self-Reflective Researcher: Successfully Engaging Minority Communities

Where: University of Maryland, College Park, Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center, 4131 Campus Drive, College Park, MD 20742

When:  June 27-28, Wednesday & Thursday, 8:00am-5:00pm

Who:    Post-doctoral fellows, principal investigators, co-investigators, research coordinators, recruitment staff, IRB members, health care providers

Cost:     $1000.  **If you register by April 9th, you will receive a $250 scholarship towards the the registration fee.**


We created this workshop as part of Building Trust between Minorities and Researchers, a National Bioethics Research Infrastructure Initiative at the Maryland Center for Health Equity. This initiative was funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of the Director, (RC2MD004766; PI, Sandra Crouse Quinn and Stephen B. Thomas) as part of the federal recognition of the importance of fostering greater participation rates of racial and ethnic minority populations in research.

Although health and medical research has been instrumental in improving the health of Americans, the underrepresentation of minorities in research has limited the reach of scientific and public health advancements to all populations. Many researchers continue to struggle with engaging racially and ethnically diverse populations in their research studies.

Our team of experienced health disparity researchers and instructional design specialists developed the curriculum in collaboration with community members from our Health Black Family Project. In addition, a National Advisory Board, which included experts across the country who have significant experience with bioethics, minority health disparities, the legacy of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study and efforts to remedy the limited representation of minorities in research, participated in the BT Initiative.

The workshop content is based on extensive reviews of the current literature, expert experience and original data from the three research projects of the BT Initiative. The program is carefully structured to include a mix of didactic sessions, interactive discussions, in-depth explorations of complex ethical issues, provocative reaction films, and small and large group activities. Participants will practice skills for enhancing recruitment, retention, informed consent and the development of community relationships.

During the workshop, the unique features of this program will enable you to:

  1. Explore how past research abuses contribute to a legacy of mistrust today;
  2. Analyze ethically complex research cases to explore how missteps, exploitations, and abuse can occur even when all protocols and guidelines are followed;
  3. Learn new tools useful for opening the dialogue about sensitive topics such as race, racism and discrimination;
  4. Examine how and why to build community relationships;
  5. Reshape the informed consent process into a conversation rather than just a requirement;
  6. Identify and practice the skills and knowledge required to effectively recruit and retain minorities in research


Dr. Devlon N. Jackson, Workshop Coordinator