DEAI Subcommittee: SEED Cohort Program

Subcommittee Charge

The SEED (Success, Excellence, and Enriched Development) Cohort subcommittee is charged with the development, implementation, and administration of promoting inclusion by creating a community of researchers, from historically excluded communities, with the comfort to share their experiences while providing them with access to tools and resources to assist with their career progression. 

Subcommittee Objectives

  1. Develop leadership and team building skills
  2. Support the retention of underrepresented minority researchers in biomedical science
  3. Provide a strong community of peer support

Subcommittee Membership

The SEED Cohort Subcommittee will initially consist of 10 members, including FASEB and member society staff and volunteers designated by their member societies.  The subcommittee composition will be as follows:

  • FASEB and/or member society staff = 4 members
  • Member society volunteers = 6 members

Ad-hoc members will be invited for their subject matter expertise, as needed.

Subcommittee Member Position Description


Three years beginning on July 1 of the year following their selection and ending on June 30 of the third year.  Initially, 5 members will serve a 2-year term and the remaining 5 members will serve a 3-year term during the first year.  Thereafter, all members will serve a 3-year term. 


  • Participate in subcommittee meetings (ability to participate in 75% or more meetings expected)
  • Design program materials, including a project to promote community engagement
  • Develop workshops to enhance skills (i.e., grant writing, personnel, and financial management)
  • Design program-specific opportunities for integration into conferences and member society meetings
  • Collaborate with the Reverse Mentoring subcommittee to provide mentorship opportunities
  • Engage with FASEB’s Office of Public Affairs Team to provide opportunities in science advocacy
  • Review participants’ feedback and implement program enhancements, as appropriate
  • Active engagement by providing input on action and discussion items
  • Market and promote the program to existing and potential member societies


FASEB seeks staff and active society members with the following characteristics:

  • Demonstrated passion for DEAI
  • Advocate for professional development and community engagement
  • Knowledge and experience with cohort programs
  • Program development experience with proven success at driving positive change in an organization and/or institution
  • Experience developing workshops
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Thrives in collaborative environments
  • Willingness to leverage professional networks (individual and/or group connections) for subject matter expertise

Biographic, demographic, employer, and scientific diversity in governance is an overarching goal of the Federation, and the Federation seeks members of its subcommittees who represent this diversity.

Time Commitment

Monthly 1-hour video conferences, plus time required to review and complete action items prior to each meeting (approximately 2-4 hours per month). 

Please note:  Once this new program is fully underway, the expectation is that the amount of time needed to administer this program will decrease since more time is always required in the developmental phase.


FASEB will provide necessary accommodations to ensure all members are able to fully participate in this subcommittee. If you need an accommodation, please contact FASEB’s DEAI Program Manager Elvie Banda.

General Inquiries

For any questions regarding this subcommittee, please contact [email protected].