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 (parmaj2023@gmail.com) and Musa Mhlanga (musahca@mhlangalab.org).

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

Regional Networks

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:

November 03-04, 2022 HCA 2022 Asia Meeting, Bangkok
October 06-07, 2022 HCA Latin America Symposium (virtual)
March 21-22, 2022 HCA Africa Symposium (virtual)
November 15-16, 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

Training and outreach activities

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:

March 07-10, 2023 HCA Africa 2023 Computational and Experimental Design Workshop, Ghana
November 14-16, 2022 HCA Africa: Introduction to Single Cell  RNA-Seq Analysis (re-run) (virtual)
October 17-20, 2022 HCA Africa: Introduction to Single Cell  RNA-Seq Analysis (virtual)
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


Sami Al Garawi

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia, Middle East

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Gordon Awandare

WACCBIP - University of Ghana, Ghana, Africa

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Alex Bernier

McGill University, Canada

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Alistair Forrest

Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, Australia

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Lucio Freitas-Junior

University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, South America

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Muzlifah Haniffa

Wellcome Sanger Institute/Newcastle University, UK

Emily Kirby

McGill University, Canada

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Partha Majumder

John C. Martin Centre for Liver Research & Innovations and Liver Foundation, West Bengal, India

Musa M Mhlanga

Radboud University, The Netherlands

Shyam Prabhakar

Genome Institute of Singapore, Singapore

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Senjuti Saha

Child Health Research Foundation, Bangladesh, Asia

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Alex Shalek

MIT | Ragon | Broad

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Christine Wells

University of Melbourne, Australia

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