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A large part of feeling comfortable in your work environment is having a community with whom to share the experience.  The NIH is a big place; we can almost guarantee that you will be able to find a community that will make you feel at home.  Here are some groups you may want to consider. IMPORTANT NOTE: This list is not exhaustive; it includes NIH groups of which the OITE is aware.  Please feel free to contact us if you know of or have an idea for a new group.

Network of African-American Fellows at the NIH (NAAF)
NIH - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered - Fellows and Friends (LGBT-FF)

The NIH-SACNAS (Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science

Orthodox Jewish Mincha Minyon Notice

The Women of Color Research Network
NIH Black Scientists and Friends Network
Single Parents Support Group
Bethesda Campus Christian Fellowship
NIH American Muslim Professional (NIH-AMP) Group
Additional Contacts for International Scholars at the NIH

Network of African-American Fellows at the NIH (NAAF): The mission of this group is to create an environment of support for African American scientists during their tenure at NIH. To fulfill this mission the network will focus on creating opportunities for professional development and personal connections amongst fellows, informing and exposing fellows to biomedical career options, and providing mentoring and support to incoming fellows. All summer interns, postbacs, grad students, postdocs, senior scientists and others who support the mission are welcomed to join. To become a member of the network, please Join the NIH-NAAF listserv. If you have additional questions, contact Erika Barr, the OITE advisor to NAAF.

NIH - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered - Fellows and Friends (LGBT-FF) helps its members thrive in their professional and personal lives by addressing issues unique to the LGBT community. LGBT-Fellows and Friends organizes seminars and workshops to educate the general public on LGBT issues, provides professional development opportunities, and offers social and networking events to develop professional and personal networks. LGBT-Fellows and Friends is open to straight and LGBT identified NIH fellows, from postdocs to graduate students, postbacs, and summer interns. If you would like more information about LGBT-Fellows and Friends, contact Shauna Clark, the OITE advisor for LGBT-FF. Join the LGBT-FF listserv to learn about up-coming LGBT-FF meetings.

The NIH SACNAS (Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native American in Science) Chapter: The SACNAS mission is to foster the success of Hispanic/Chicano and Native American scientists - from college students to professionals - to attain advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in science. The NIH-SACNAS Chapter serves students and professionals, providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and a place where NIH trainees and staff from different science disciplines can meet to network, share successes, and strategize about future goals in a supportive environment. The chapter holds monthly meetings and events throughout the year and focuses alternately on scientific communication, networking, and career development. If you want to be a member of this chapter, please sign up for the list-serv (NIH-SACNAS). You may also want to join our LinkedIn group (The NIH SACNAS Chapter). External Link For more information contact Elena Hernandez-Ramon, the OITE advisor for the NIH-SACNAS Chapter. Read more about the national organization.External Link

Orthodox Jewish Mincha Minyon Notice. Monday through Thursday a Mincha Minyon (with mechitzah) meets at 2:00 pm on the 7th floor of the Hatfield Clinical Research Center, room 7-1480. This room is called the Auxiliary Chapel and is located off to the far right of the Department of Spiritual Care. For further information contact Daniel Edelman.

The Women of Color Research Network supports all scientists interested in raising the voice and visibility of Women of Color (WOC) in biomedical and behavioral research. This new social media site is for women of color and everybody interested in diversity in the scientific workforce. Visit the Web site to join.

NIH Black Scientists and Friends Network, an informal group dedicated to the mentoring and career enhancement of Black scientists at NIH. Activities, which are open to all who share the group's goals, regardless of race, include a monthly networking dinner in Bethesda and the dissemination of information of potential interest to Black scientists. For more information, contact Dr. Roland Owens.

Mom-Dad-Docs aims to provide a supportive community for NIH postdoc, clinical/research fellow, and graduate student scientists who are also parents. We explore the joys and challenges of juggling parenthood and a scientific career. Monthly lunch meetings provide an opportunity to meet other postdoc/clinical fellow/graduate student parents while learning more about topics such as time management, career advancement strategies, and general parenting issues. Guest speakers present topics, insights, and resources. The Mom-Dad-Docs group welcomes all individuals with children (or thinking about having children). If you would like more information about Mom-Dad-Docs, please contact Ulrike Klenke of the OITE. Visit the OITE Web site to learn about up-coming Mom-Dad-Docs meetings, activities, and networking opportunities. Whenever possible, we will make the meetings available via Webinar. Please see the new parenting webpage, Resources at the NIH for Trainees Who Are Also Parents, for additional support.

The Single Parents Support Group provides support for NIH postdocs, clinical/research fellows and graduate student scientists who are single parents. Monthly brown bag lunch meetings offer open conversations sharing concerns, joys, tips, support, community, and "how to stay calm when life is overwhelming" tools. We meet every 3rd Friday from 12-1 p.m. in Building 2, Room 2W15 Conference Room. Please contact Julia Jarvis at for more information.

Bethesda Campus Christian Fellowship: An informal group of Christians who meet regularly to encourage spiritual growth and community. Regular events include a prayer meeting every Monday, 12:30-1:00pm in the Clinical Center Auxiliary Chapel (Building 10, 7th floor) and a Bible study every other Wednesday, 12:00-1:00pm in Building 10, room 5-1608 NW. All are welcome! Please contact Phil Ryan in the OITE for further information.

The NIH American Muslim Professional Group (NIH-AMP) serves as a means of strengthening brotherhood and sisterhood for the local community as well as serving as a network through which support for incoming or visiting members may be facilitated and information shared. This is all in order to foster spiritual wellness for individuals and the community at large. For questions regarding prayer schedule updates or upcoming events and to connect with other fellows please feel free to contact Dr. Mohammad Aslam Khan at

To receive regular updates for upcoming events and connect with other members of the group please join our listserv.

Additional Contacts for International Scholars at the NIH: Scientists from countries around the globe are working and training at the NIH.  To find NIH trainees and scholars from your home nation, visit the Web page of the Visiting Fellows Committee (a sub-committee of the NIH Fellows Committee or FelCom).


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