CMCA's Commitment to Diversity

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai established the Office for Multicultural and Community Affairs in 1998, to reinforce the School's commitment to Diversity. Successful accomplishments through this Office led to prestigious awards from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) – the Health Careers Opportunity Program and Center of Excellence awards in 1999 and 2002, respectively. Subsequently, the Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs was created to further expand and reinforce Icahn School of Medicine's efforts to cultivate diversity among its students, trainees and faculty.

Strides in Institutional Workforce Diversity

Faculty Diversity: In 2012, the Dean established the Diversity Council, a committee of the Dean's Office to advance recruitment and retention of faculty members from groups underrepresented in medicine and science, and to nurture and sustain an inclusive environment. The DC is co-chaired by Gary Butts, MD and Elizabeth Howell, MD. The Diversity Council¹s mission is to promote diversity in faculty recruitment, retention, development and inclusion at Mount Sinai. In an effort to support institutional excellence, the Council supports the development, implementation and monitoring of specific activities to increase the representation and advancement of faculty from groups underrepresented in medicine and research, as well as women faculty in all departments, institutes and the medical school administration. The Council includes senior-level faculty representatives from all departments and institutes. The Council also monitors and supports diversity among medical students, graduate students and trainees from all disciplines to strengthen the faculty pipeline.

Research Workforce Diversity: In 2008, the Dean established the Diversity in Biomedical Research Committee (formerly known as the Minority Health Research Committee), a standing committee of the Dean's Office charged to work on policy and specific activities focused on diversity in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. In 2014, the Diversity in Biomedical Research Council was restructured as a "Council" of leaders in diversity in pipeline programs, recruitment/retention and clinical research. The co-chairs, Basil Hanss, PhD and Reginald Miller, DVM, work closely with CMCA to expand the diversity of the research faculty and students to further research on minority health and health disparities.

Clinical Trainee Workforce Diversity: Chaired by Michael L. Marin, MD, the priority of the Diversity Leadership Committee is to advise and assist CMCA with implementation of diversity initiatives, with particular focus on house staff and faculty. The DLC is comprised of deans, and clinical and basic department Chairs. The primary goals of the DLC are to:

  • Assist in development and implementation of a strategic plan for recruitment of faculty and house staff from groups underrepresented in medicine
  • Monitor outcomes
  • Examine barriers and challenges to retaining URM faculty
  • Implement strategies to address these barriers

Visiting Electives Program for Students Underrepresented in Medicine

Student Diversity: Additionally, CMCA works in close partnership with the School's Office for Admissions to coordinate outreach, recruitment and retention activities for candidates from groups underrepresented in medicine (URM) across the graduate and medical schools, pipeline programs, graduate medical education and post-doctoral programs. Our long-standing institutional commitment has been instrumental in our success in preparing medical students for primary healthcare, research and academic medicine, and in achieving significant diversity in enrollment, retention and graduation of students from URM groups.

Faculty of Color Network, sponsored and advised by CMCA and the Office for Diversity & Inclusion, is an employee resource group which provides a professional network for minority faculty across the Mount Sinai Health System.


Contact Us

Gary Butts, MD
Senior Associate Dean for Diversity Programs, Policy, and Community Affairs
Director, Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs
Tel: 212-241-8276
Fax: 212-241-3594
Send e-mail

Mailing Address:

Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
One Gustave L. Levy Place
Box 1035
New York, NY 10029

Office Location:

Annenberg Building
21st Floor, Room 21-70
1468 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10029

Website:

Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs