Diversity efforts in biomedical fields don't benefit all groups, study finds
Samuel Myers and Kaye Husbands Fealing explore two diversity efforts in the field of biology, chemistry, and medicine.
While representation of African-Americans increased between the two periods in all three fields, the representation of Hispanics declined in all three fields. Efforts to increase diversity in those fields "do not necessarily benefit all groups via increased representation," the study's authors concluded. "Moreover, successful diversity initiatives in one science field can have the unintended effect of reducing representation in other science fields, creating competition for the same students."