AIP Welcomes Jovonni Spinner as Head of Diversity, Equity and Belonging


Newswise – WASHINGTON, November 23, 2021 – The American Institute of Physics is pleased to welcome Jovonni Spinner as the Head of Diversity, Equity and Belonging.

Spinner will lead and expand AIP’s efforts to lead the physical science community towards a impactful understanding of how to be more welcoming and support diverse physical scientists throughout their careers.

“AIP is a dynamic organization that is a leader in the advancement, promotion and service of the physical sciences,” Spinner said. “I hope to build on this mission by using a diversity lens to create a culture of fairness, both within the AIP and in the physical sciences enterprise, starting by focusing my talents on the removal of barriers to increase the number of black, native and colored students pursuing a degree in the physical sciences.

“Developing sustainable programming grounded in research, best practices, and most importantly, integrating the voice of the community will help AIP continue to build on collaborative partnerships that will benefit students and ultimately benefit students. create a stronger and more diverse workforce. “

Prior to joining AIP, Spinner was Associate Director of Outreach and Communications for the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity of the United States Food and Drug Administration. His other previous work includes the National Institute of Heart, Lungs and Blood of the National Institutes of Health and the Office of the National Vaccine Program of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Spinner is an Assistant Professor of Public Health, sits on nonprofit boards of directors, and is active in her community creating programs to strengthen the public health workforce and mentor early career professionals. His degrees include a doctorate in public health from Morgan State University, a master’s degree in public health from Emory University, and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Michael Moloney, CEO of AIP, said Spinner will lead the actions of AIP to further develop diversity initiatives, building on the success of AIP’s TEAM-UP efforts.

“Spinner has a demonstrated passion for issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging and accessibility and brings a wealth of experience and leadership to AIP through his work in public health by creating multifaceted health education programs to help consumers make healthy decisions, build communities through advocacy and by nurturing a strong network of stakeholders to support health equity, ”said Moloney. “Her work has helped millions of people make more informed health decisions, get the services they need and stand up for healthier communities.

“I am delighted to welcome him to the Institute and look forward to his leadership of the new AIP Diversity Office on these critical issues.

In her role as AIP’s Diversity, Equity and Belonging Officer, Spinner will work alongside Arlene Modeste Knowles, who led the TEAM-UP project, developing and deploying strategies for implementation based on TEAM-UP recommendations.

“Everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, gender or disability, has the right to the services, tools and resources they need to live their best lives. “said Spinner. “I know firsthand how difficult it can be to get a science degree and be in spaces and places where few, if any, people are like you or share similar cultural backgrounds; therefore, I want to change the narrative and help create supportive environments where diverse scientists can thrive and feel valued and welcomed. “

When Spinner isn’t busy educating minority communities about health and wellness, implementing organizational change to enhance DEIBA’s efforts, or mentoring early career professionals, she enjoys spending time with his family and friends. She loves adventure and travel and never misses an opportunity to explore and experience other cultures.


About the American Institute of Physics

The American Institute of Physics (AIP) is a 501 (c) (3) membership society of scientific societies. AIP pursues its mission of advancing, promoting and serving the physical sciences for the benefit of humanity with a unifying voice of the strength of diversity. In its federation role, AIP advances the success of its member societies by providing the means to pool, coordinate and leverage their diverse expertise and contributions in pursuit of a common goal of advancing physical sciences in the research enterprise, in the economy, in education and in society. In its role as an institute, AIP functions as a center of excellence using policy analysis, social sciences and historical research to promote future advances in the physical sciences.



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