Our Commitment

The Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs (CMCA) is devoted to cultivating diversity among our students, trainees, and faculty. Originally established in 1998, we have grown and developed over the years, winning awards from the Health Resources and Services Administration, including its Center of Excellence award in 2002. We have developed a variety of groups and councils to address diversity among faculty, the research and clinical trainee workforces, and students.

As a Center of Excellence, we developed a “grow our own” approach to address workforce diversity in academic medicine. We are expanding our program base with components to focus on developing a competitive minority applicant pool, enhancing minority student academic performance and research exposure, and developing cultural competency throughout our medical education curriculum. We are also encouraging medical student engagement in health disparities, and helping minority faculty members to develop their careers, all while promoting institution-wide diversity initiatives.

We work to foster a diverse and inclusive learning environment for all students through active involvement in four major areas within the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai: curriculum, student affairs, admissions, and research. Specifically, we support educational pipeline programs, minority affairs, culture and health, LGBT education and training programs, and institution-wide diversity and inclusion initiatives. We offer an array of academic and non-academic resources for medical and graduate students as well as other trainees who are underrepresented in medicine and science. We also provide a learning platform for all students interested in local community engagement, so that they may address urban health issues and participate in policy advocacy service learning activities.

CMCA Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board provides guidance for Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs development, helping us promote ourselves and our programs and initiatives, and assists in monitoring our priority goals. The CMCA Advisory Board is co-chaired by longstanding supporters of our work, Mrs. Diane Fogg and Ms. Jane Isay.

CMCA GME Diversity Committee

The GME Diversity Committee is a CMCA supported committee, chaired by Michael L. Marin, MD aimed at promoting the recruitment and retention of a diverse housestaff workforce. Its goals are to:

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

CMCA Fellows

CMCA Fellows are committed to advancing the mission of CMCA and assist in its philanthropic and marketing efforts. The goals of the Fellows group are:

  • To help increase visibility of the Center
  • To encourage gifts, endowments, and bequests to the Center
  • To build new audiences for the Center

If you are interested in learning more about the CMCA Fellows or joining the group, please contact Ann-Gel Palermo, DrPH, MPH.

CMCA's Success Milestones: Training a Diverse Workforce

Since 1998, CMCA has worked toward advancing diversity at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, which has resulted in achieving key milestones in exposing minority and economically disadvantaged youth to science education and to health care professions, and in minority medical student, house staff, and faculty recruitment. Some of these are the following:

Over the past 40 years, CMCA, through the Center for Excellence in Youth Education, has given more than 10,000 youth from disadvantaged backgrounds early exposure and help in advancing toward careers in health and science.

  • Since 2001, when CMCA was established, we have increased the number of faculty members of underrepresented groups from 4 percent to more than 7 percent.
  • We have doubled the percentage of faculty workforce diversity from 4 percent to 8 percent.
  • Our faculty development program has engaged more than 60 minority junior faculty trainees since 2002.
  • Since 2008, our Northeast Regional Alliance MedPrep Program has matriculated more than 130 students into medical schools or health-related graduate programs. This three-year summer commitment is designed to give traditionally underrepresented and economically disadvantaged pre-med college students an opportunity to develop key skills and competencies that are important to success on the road to medical school.
  • Our efforts resulted in the Icahn School of Medicine being selected as a recipient of the 2015 INSIGHT Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, which recognizes colleges and universities that achieve success in the area of diversity and inclusion.