2023 Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion - How to Turn 'Minority Tax' Into 'Minority Capital' and Build an Academic Career Based on DEI Work
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How to Turn 'Minority Tax' Into 'Minority Capital' and Build an Academic Career Based on DEI Work
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The data from the 2020 ACMG membership survey on the ethnic background of ACMG members who participated, showed that there is under-representation of members of African American or African Origin or Descent (2.20%), Hispanic or Latino American or Hispanic or Latino Origin or Descent (3.30%), Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander American or Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander Origin or Descent (0.0%). Additionally, the 2019 US medical genetics workforce survey continues to show that 'Genetic diseases affect all populations, but there is little diversity among the ranks of clinical geneticists. (Jenkins, B.D.,. et al. The 2019 US medical genetics workforce: a focus on clinical genetics. Genet Med 23, 1458-1464 (2021) PMID: 33941882.'

Recently, increased awareness regarding this lack of representation in many fields and particularly in STEM and academia, has resulted in improved diversity and inclusion in institutional, regional, and national committees as well as the formation of committees dedicated to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) work. While this is a positive change, an extra burden of responsibilities (commonly financially uncompensated) is placed on members of underrepresented groups in the name of diversity. This is referred to as the 'minority tax' or 'cultural tax'.( Rodríguez, J.E.,et al. Addressing disparities in academic medicine: what of the minority tax?. BMC Med Educ 15, 6 (2015). PMID: 25638211)

Our invited speaker, John Paul Sanchez, MD, MPH is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at University of New Mexico School of Medicine, the Executive Director of the Latino Medical Students Association (LMSA) and President of Building the Next Generation of Academic Physicians, Inc (BNGAP). Dr. Sanchez has dedicated more than 25 years to DEI-related work and is nationally recognized for pioneering pre-faculty development. He has published 52 peer-reviewed publications and six book chapters and served as editor for Succeeding in Academic Medicine: A Roadmap for Diverse Medical Students and Residents (Springer).

His publications have highlighted the voices of many groups including women, sexual and gender minorities, under-represented racial and ethnic minorities (Hispanic, African American/Black, American Indian/Alaska Native and Asian), especially through an intersectional lens. In this session he will share practical tools on how to turn the 'Minority tax' into 'Minority Capital' and building an academic career based on DEI work.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss practical tools on how to turn the “Minority tax” into “Minority Capital” and building an academic career based on DEI work.
  • Determine how to avoid “overtaxing” people from underrepresented backgrounds in the name of diversity.
  • Follow guidance on how to overcome this DEI “overtaxing”, and how to use this work as another metric of academic success.

Target Audience

Everyone with an interest in DEI work and committed to a more diverse, just, and inclusive College.


Fabiola Quintero-Rivera, MD, FACMG

Professor, School of Medicine, University of California Irvine (UCI)


Maria Laura Duque Lasio, MD, FACMG

MD, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis



John Sanchez, MD, MPH

Executive Associate Vice Chancellor, Health Sciences Center, University of New Mexico

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