October 2020 Summary Board Memo

The Board of Directors held their October Board meeting last week and annual retreat virtually last month. Below are a few highlights:

The Board prioritized three objectives that are critical to achieve in the upcoming year:

Objective 3.1 Make RD101 the signature training for all interested in RD. With a successful pilot of RD101 under our belts and given members’ substantial interest, we are turning out attention to ensuring that RD101 can be offered multiples times per year sustainably.

4.1 Create a plan toward inclusive excellence throughout the organization and 4.3 Define explicit structures for intentional access to opportunities within NORDP. Both of these objectives support our goal as articulated in the strategic plan to be a welcoming community that values excellence through diversity, inclusion and equity broadly considered. We have many volunteers from multiple committees developing plans in response to these objectives building on and amplifying the amazing work that the Committee on Inclusive Excellence already does.

I look forward to sharing updates on our progress in the future.

A reminder that I, along with other NORDP Officers, am hosting a drop-in office hour once a month on the first Monday at 11am (eastern). You can find the link to office hours and other event on the NORDP calendar.


Kimberly Eck

Kimberly Eck, MPH, PhD
Associate Vice President for Research
Emory University

President 2020-2021
National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP)

NORDP fosters a culture of inclusive excellence by actively promoting and supporting diversity, inclusion and equity in all its forms to expand our worldview, enrich our work, and elevate our profession.

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