CREDITS Community of Practice

The CREDITS Community of Practice (CoP) for RD Professionals was convened in 2021 to develop new tools and methods for integrating justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) principles and practices into the research enterprise.

Community of Practice Members

Inclusive Collaboration Tools developed by the CREDITS Community of Practice

Effective Leadership of Diverse Teams

Tools to help research leaders understand how different forms of diversity can improve their teams and lead to greater innovation and productivity.
Coming Soon

Decolonizing Metrics

Coming Soon


The Center for Research, Excellence, and Diversity in Team Scholarship (CREDITS) was established in 2015 to build capacity for diverse and inclusive science teams in California and to advance organizational change for gender and intersectional equity in STEM. Drawing on the organizational and social psychology literature about diversity on teams, and on the growing field of team science, CREDITS was designed to:

  • Prepare diverse junior scholars to lead, manage, and participate in research teams;
  • Communicate to university leaders the value of diverse teams for innovation, productivity, and research funding;
  • Provide university research leaders with tools to broaden participation and institutional transformation through the research enterprise;
  • Influence the design of tenure and promotion policies to recognize and reward teaming and co-authorship.


Building on the prior work of CREDITS, the CREDITS RD Community of Practice will work collaboratively to design new materials, tools, and training workshops/modules to help research development professionals develop and support diverse and inclusive research teams at their institutions.