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Joan Y. Reede, MD, MPH, MS, MBA is the Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS). Dr. Reede also holds appointments as Associate Professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and is an Assistant in Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital. Institutional transformation and change at multiple levels, workforce development in biomedical sciences across the life cycle, sponsorship, coaching and mentoring at critical career junctures, developing networks and connections as well as leadership development are the hallmark of Dr. Reede’s work in the biomedical sciences. To that end, she has developed, directed, and continue to provide leadership for a multi-faceted portfolio of programs that support the career development of faculty, trainees, and students. These programs are local and national in scope and create multiple entry and exit points for individuals as they pursue their educational and career goals. 
 
As a faculty, Dr. Reede’s engagement in teaching, research and service offers an opportunity to interact with other stakeholders—students, faculty, administrators. provide insights and understanding of the unique and common issues within these communities. Connectivity and contextual factors are mainstay of Dr. Reede’s programs that include mentoring, with the knowledge that those individuals who are offered mentorship will more likely persevere and realize their potential, and in turn promote a culture of mentorship and foster the development of excellent mentors for future generations. Her system-based perspectives have increasingly propelled her to work at the institutional levelto create and sustain cultures of inclusive excellence. At multiple levels across organizations and sectors, her work has led to discourse and dialogue that have engendered the development of policies and the creation of programs that address issues that are fundamental to diversity and inclusion and inclusive excellence.


Emorcia V. Hill, PhD,  Director of Research and Evaluation focuses on the development of integrated theoretical, methodological and analytical frameworks that can be generically applied across disciplines, organization and sectors to understand how social and institutional environments change. Her expertise is in basic and applied research, program development and policy analysis that draw on multiple disciplines and perspectives. Dr Hill is a sociologist who applies system approaches to research and evaluation with substantial experience in the design, implementation, research, and evaluation of educational and social programs across different organizational settings and sectors. She is especially interested in systems thinking and interdisciplinary approaches and the compatibility of both to understand social phenomena and address human capital and human resource development in the biomedical, behavioral and STEM fields. Her expertise is in basic and applied research, program development and policy analysis that draw on multiple disciplines and perspectives. Dr Hill’s  formal training and considerable professional experience include quantitative and qualitative research methods. As a program administrator, she has designed and implemented programs for underrepresented populations to increase their access and success in academia and industry. These programs include individual and institutional strategies, and at local, regional and national levels. The development of integrated theoretical, methodological and analytical frameworks that can be generically applied across disciplines, organization and sectors to understand how social and institutional environments change is the focus of her work. Conceptually and operationally, Dr. Hill’s current work involves the development of models and frameworks that guide, and potentially catalyze, institutional change and transformation and which results in more inclusive environments.  Dr. Hill has a Ph.D. in sociology from Boston College. Her dissertation examined the class structure of academia and the factors that inhibit or facilitate the success of scientists and engineers in institutions of higher education.


Megan Pasquantonio-Pierce, BS, ALM, Research Associate, is responsible for the data management and maintenance of the multi-source, multi-purpose Pathways Data Repository, which contains data on demographic, education and training, academic appointment and advancement, discipline, job history, bibliometrics (e.g., publications, first/last author, H-index) and NIH grant awards information. Her tasks include streamlining the administrative database for research and analytical activities by creating protocols and procedures for data validation, and authentication including recommendations for modifications. She works collaboratively with the Converge research team to create and disseminate qualitative and quantitative instruments.

Ms. Pasquantonio-Pierce’s background in psychology relates to topics grounded in positive psychology, race/ethnicity and gender differences in faculty in academic medicine, workforce development and career decision-making in medical students. She is formally trained with professional experience in research studies including literature reviews, data collection, data and database management, data cleaning, analysis, and dissemination. She has been involved in research related to child development, group dynamics, positive psychology and workforce development.

Ms. Pasquantonio-Pierce has a Master of Liberal Arts with a concentration in Psychology from Harvard Extension School and a BS in Psychology St. John Fisher College. Her Master’s, thesis examined the relationship between self-efficacy and mentor functions among female faculty in academic medicine with a focus on race/ethnicity. Her current research interests include mentoring, emotional exhaustion, self-efficacy and resiliency, specifically among underrepresented populations and within the context of their professional lives.


 

Mostafa Amini, Data Scientist, has expertise in the fields of data science and analytics, producing empirical knowledge and insights that assess the dynamics of diversity, equity inclusion and belonging (*DEIB) across the Harvard Medical School (HMS) community. Mr. Amini is skilled in machine learning and information-extraction techniques that can be applied to multiple domains to address issues related to race/ethnicity, medicine, law, and religion. His analytical approaches utilize and apply both Python and R ecosystems to conduct parametric and non-parametric statistical analysis, natural language processing, network analysis, and machine learning tasks that yield institutional, departmental, and individual benefits for the HMS community of stakeholders. 

Mr. Amini is actively engaged in development of technical data infrastructure, establishing the foundation for which quantitative and qualitative approaches can be strategically applied across a variety of settings and contexts. On the analytical side, his functional experiences are multi-faceted, serving as drivers for the development of metrics for DEIB initiatives. Such activities include the construction of back-end architecture and cloud infrastructure; data governance and management; front-end reporting capabilities and visualizations; and overall project lifecycle execution within an iterative agile project framework. Mr. Amini is regularly called on to apply his unique skillset in the context of the rapidly evolving DEIB space of and its associated organizational dynamics. Such collaboration on cross-functional teams involve address new, innovative questions that are essential to HMS’ demonstrated and measurable progress and success on its DEIB priorities in the short and longer-term.

Mr. Amini undergraduate degrees in biochemistry, sociology, and history are from the University of New Mexico and master’s in social sciences is from the University of Chicago. He is currently enrolled in the Master of Theological Studies (MTS), Harvard Divinity School. His research focuses on the dynamics underlying collective systems, the perpetuation of knowledge, and the nature of knowing. He is keenly interested in the translation and utilization of the knowledge generated for the connections between societal custom and culture, innovation and technology, as well as epistemology and social institutions. His publications address local and national issues and draw on multiple social and religious traditions, to inform real-world applications such as the role of culture on political institutions and civil society.