Building Indigenuity, Generating HIV Science: HIV/AIDS Research Training (BIG HART)


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The UW/Fred Hutch Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) will be working in collaboration with scholars at University of Washington’s (UW) Indigenous Wellness Research Institute (IWRI) and the University of Hawaii (UH) to launch a new project titled “Building Indigenuity, Generating HIV Science: HIV/AIDS Research Training (BIG HART)” This exciting new training opportunity will be led by Jen Balkus, PhD, MPH, CFAR DEI Lead and Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health, and Karina Walters, MSW, PhD (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma), Co-Director of IWRI, Professor and Associate Dean in the School of Social Work.

Click here to learn about what other CFARs across the nation are doing as part of the CFAR Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Pipeline Initiative (CDEIPI), awarded by the District of Columbia (DC) CFAR.

BIG HART Seminar Series

The BIG HART Seminar Series

Six-part seminar series for American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in learning more about HIV research and the various ways the epidemic impacts Indigenous communities across North America. The series will feature both Native and non-Native scientists and practitioners working across the spectrum of HIV science, including former scholars from the Indigenous HIV/AIDS Research Training Program (IHART). The monthly sessions will be held in February through July of 2022. 

Among those who attend at least one session, interested UW & UH students will be given the opportunity to participate in a one-on-one mentorship session with an IHART mentor and/or CFAR investigator. In addition, up to 10 graduate students will also have the opportunity to participate in the UW Principles of HIV/STI Research and Public Health Practice Course.  


View the Speaker Profiles here

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Get Connected with BIG HART Mentors

Please check out the BIG HART Mentor Slide Deck complete with the BIG HART mentors' introductions, expertise, and contact information. If you would like any support or assistance in getting connected with specific mentors, please don't hesitate to reach out to Anya Lewin ( 

Become a BIG HART Fellow!

If you attend or watch at least four of the six sessions, you will receive a BIG HART Fellow certificate. Please fill out this BIG HART Fellowship Form if interested!