The Association of Clinical Research Professionals

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Clinical Research

ACRP has curated the resources here to provide organizations the information, tools, and resources they need to effectively improve diversity, equity, and inclusion in the clinical research workforce.



“Studies show a diversified clinical trial workforce equals more diverse patient participation in clinical trials. Let’s stop talking about the lack of diversity with great admiration and start implementing proven solutions that promote and enhance equity in research.”

R’Kes Starling, RPh, MBA
Chief Executive Officer/President
Reveles Clinical Services
Chair, ACRP Diversity Advisory Council

Why Advancing Inclusive Research Matters

This educational video, courtesy of Genentech, features perspectives and stories from patients, physicians, researchers and health equity experts to bring awareness to racial inequities in clinical research.

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Equity by Design in Clinical Research: The EbD Metrics Framework

This framework from the Multi-Regional Clinical Trials (MRCT) Center is designed to provide a straightforward and engaging overview of DEI in clinical research, to prompt reflection for harmonized organizational DEI efforts, and to orient users toward potential entry and follow-up strategies.

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Assessing the Impact of Cultural Competency Training Using Participatory Quality Improvement Methods

This study from the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School’s Center for Healthy Families and Cultural Diversity presents significant findings about the complexity and multifaceted dimensions of addressing clinical and organizational cultural competence in primary care practice settings.

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To Increase Diversity in Clinical Trials, First Increase Staff Diversity

Research from the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development is the first to find that study sites with diverse personnel do a better job of recruiting volunteers from underrepresented groups. “The results of this study unequivocally show a very strong correlation.”

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Just ASK™ Increasing Diversity in Cancer Clinical Research: An ACCC-ASCO Training Program

This training program, adapted from a course developed at Duke University, is an online implicit bias training program intended for all members of the cancer research team.  A series of interactive modules outline key concepts such as diversity, equity, and health disparities, as well as the role of implicit bias in clinical trial selection.

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“We’re seeing a lot of well-qualified candidates not being considered. It’s a rigid, exclusionary system that bars potentially promising people, especially those with fewer financial resources. As in many other fields, communities of color tend to be impacted most.”

Sharleen Traynor
Fieldwork Coordinator/Instructor, Clinical Trials Research Associate Program
Durham Technical Community College

Read more from ACRP’s new white paper, Barriers to Bridges: Addressing the Urgent Need for a Diverse, Research-Ready Workforce Within the Clinical Research Profession >