Diversity Programs and Resources

Responding adequately to diverse cultural needs of our surround communities and improving health for large sectors of our U.S. population, demands a more diverse and culturally effective healthcare workforce. Mount Sinai's long-standing commitment to diversity and investment in outreach and educational pipeline programs has positioned us among the top medical schools with the highest rates of student enrollment and faculty members from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in medicine (an increase from 15 percent to more than 20 percent, and from 4 percent to 8 percent, respectively, between 1998 and 2010).

The trend in increased racial and ethnic diversity at Mount Sinai complements the growing increase of female medical students and faculty members which is approximately 50 percent respectively. While clearly noteworthy accomplishments with respect to diversifying our student and faculty base, we are committed to sustaining our momentum to support the career development of our students, trainees, and junior faculty members, particularly women and individuals from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in medicine.

Mount Sinai's commitment to and investment in diversity is demonstrated through our institutional-based programs and resources, which provide mentoring and other support mechanisms aimed at academic, career, clinical, teaching, and research development and leadership within a culturally relevant context.

Diversity Programs and Resources

  • The Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs (CMCA) provides an environment which nurtures students, faculty, and trainees from groups underrepresented in the medical and biomedical research workforces at The Icahn School of Medicine.

  • Outreach, Recruitment and Recruitment Council: Coordinated by the CMCA, the Outreach, Recruitment and Recruitment Council includes representatives from Admissions, the Graduate School, the Dept. Medical Education, and Graduate Medical Education to focus on such efforts throughout the pipeline from pre-matriculation thru post-graduate training for physician and non-physician scientists.

  • Culture and Health Work Group: Also coordinated by CMCA, the Culture and Health Work Group is charged to develop strategic tactics, program activities and projects to implement a comprehensive and integrated approach that will address education, research and community relevant activities related to culture and health.

  • Faculty Scholars Program: Though the efforts of the CMCA, this Program aims to increase the capability and expand the capacity of faculty from groups underrepresented in medicine by buying out protected time to develop them in the areas of research, teaching and education, service to the community, and clinical practice and professional leadership in academic medicine.

  • Office for Women's Careers (OWC) offers opportunities for women faculty to network across departments, serves as an advocacy and mentoring resource, and provides a forum for support, education and discussion.

  • Diversity in Biomedical Research Committee: Icahn School of Medicine promotes diversity in biomedical research through recruitment and investigations focused on minority health.

  • Center for Excellence in Youth Education (CEYE) is one of the longest sustained pipeline programs in the nation and provides educational pipeline enrichment programs from high school thru collegiate level in the areas of science, health, biomedical research, and medicine.

  • Conduits Centers for Community and Academic Research Partnership – CCARP connects faculty and community members so that each partner may develop their own research capacity while respecting the values and culture of the community throughout the research process.

  • Post Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) is a dynamic program that provides individualized mentoring, coursework, the development of strong laboratory research skills, and a supportive learning environment for post-baccalaureate students interested in pursuing PhD or MD/PhD training and research careers in biomedicine.

Contact Us

Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs
Gary Butts, MD
Associate Dean for Diversity Programs, Policy, and Community Affairs, Associate Professor, and Director
Tel: 212-241-8276
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Office for Women's Careers
Sandra Masur, PhD
Professor and Director
Tel: 212-241-0089
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Office of Academic Development & Enrichment
Lakshmi Devi, PhD
Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Development & Enrichment
Tel: 212-241-8345
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Diversity in Biomedical Research Committee
Yasmin Hurd, PhD
Professor and Chair
Tel: 212-241-3201
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