Equity Working Group

The Equity Working Group (EqWG) promotes and supports progress towards equity in the HCA. The EqWG seeks to engage the global community spanning diverse geographic and ethnic groups to drive inclusive representation and participation, and promote equal benefit from the HCA. 

The EqWG’s initial focus is on empowerment to participate in the HCA through outreach, education, and training.  The EqWG is co-chaired by Alex K Shalek (shalek@mit.edu), Partha Majumder (ppm1@nibmg.ac.in) and Musa Mhlanga (musahca@mhlangalab.org).

The HCA Equity Working Group has released several publications and statements on its goals and activities:

In 2017 HCA began expanding its outreach and capacity-building efforts and has established three regional networks to date: HCA Asia, HCA Africa, and HCA Latin America. The goals of the regional networks are to help facilitate scientific and organizational efforts at the regional level. 

Past Regional Meetings include:

March 21-22, 2022 HCA Africa Symposium (virtual)
November 15-6, 2021 HCA Asia Meeting (virtual)
October 22-23, 2020 HCA Asia Meeting (virtual)
September 24-25, 2020 HCA Latin America Meeting (virtual)
November 10-11, 2019 HCA Asia Meeting, Singapore
November 11-13, 2018 HCA Asia Meeting, Republic of Korea
November 30 - December 1, 2017 HCA Asia Meeting, Japan

Building on past training and outreach activities, HCA plans to host several workshops over the next three years with support from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

Past training and outreach activities include:

January 17-22, 2022 Single Cell Transcriptomics (India, virtual)
April 26 - May 7, 2021 Single Cell RNA-seq Data Analysis Workshop (Latin America, virtual)
October 30, 2019 HCA Equity Meeting, Addis Ababa
September 10, 2019 HCA Equity Roadshow, Brazil
First Name Surname Institute
Sami Al Garawi King Abdullah University of Science and Technology - Saudi Arabia, Middle East
Gordon Awandare WACCBIP - University of Ghana, Ghana, Africa
Alistair Forrest Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research - Australia
Lucio Freitas-Junior University of Sao Paulo - Brasil, South America
Muzz Haniffa Newcastle University - England, Europe
Emily Kirby McGill University - Canada, North America
Partha Majumder ◆ National Institute of Biomedical Genomics - India
Jeniffer Maroa Africa Academy of Sciences - Kenya, Africa
Musa Mhlanga ◆ Radboud University - The Netherlands, Europe
Shyam Prabhakar Genome Institute of Singapore - Singapore, Asia
Senjuti Saha Child Health Research Foundation - Bangladesh, Asia
Alex Shalek ◆ MIT, North America
Christine Wells Melbourne - Australia
Huanming Yang BGI - China

◆ co-chair

Outreach Talks