Councils, Offices, and Initiatives

Our efforts to guide and inform the School’s structures, policies, and practices are aimed at advancing diversity and inclusion the areas of training and education as well as recruitment, retention, and career development of students, trainees, faculty and staff. This is demonstrated through our sponsorship of and collaboration with various councils, offices, and initiatives.

Diversity Programs and Resources

Emphasizing diversity among faculty, staff, and students is vital to fulfilling our function as a vibrant educational organization. To this end, we offer a range of diversity programs and resources.

"We have the most extensive and in-depth curriculum on racism in medicine of any school in the country."
Reena Karani, MD, MHPE, Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education & Curricular Affairs

Center for Excellence in Youth Education (CEYE) is a unit of the Mount Sinai Health System’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion and is located at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The CEYE operates a range of school-year and summer science enrichment programs geared to youth belonging to groups that are underrepresented in medicine and science.

The Patricia S. Levinson Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs (CMCA) is a unit of the Mount Sinai Health System’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion and is located at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The CMCA develops and implements programs, activities and procedures designed to enhance the academic success, retention and personal development of student and faculty populations underrepresented in medicine.

Executive Diversity Leadership Board (EDLB), a leadership board chaired by Kenneth Davis, MD, CEO of the Mount Sinai Health System aimed at advancing the principals of diversity and inclusion. The EDLB is supported by the MSHS Office for Diversity and Inclusion.

CMCA Graduate Medical Education (GME) Diversity Committee is sponsored by the CMCA, and advises and helps implement diversity initiatives, with a particular focus on house staff and faculty. The committee consists of deans, and clinical and other department chairs and is co-chaired by Michael Leitman, MD and Michael L. Marin, MD.

Conduits Centers for Community and Academic Research Partnership
This partnership connects faculty and community members to enhance individual research capacity while respecting the values and culture of the community.

Diversity in Biomedical Research Council (DBRC), sponsored by CMCA, is a school-wide council with a focus on recruitment, development, retention, and funding to increase diversity among leaders, faculty, postdoctoral fellows, students, and staff in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Reginald Miller, DVM, and Ann-Gel Palermo, DrPH, MPH, serve as co-chairs. 

Faculty Diversity Council, is sponsored by CMCA and a school-wide council that promotes recruitment and retention among faculty members from groups underrepresented in medicine and science. Gary Butts, MD, and Elizabeth Howell, MD, MPP, serve as co-chairs.

Office for Academic Development and Enrichment (OADE) was established in 2011 as a school-wide office that provides a comprehensive approach for providing junior faculty with tools and resources to enhance mentoring, and to prepare faculty for leadership positions, as well as to stimulate collaboration. OADE is led by Lakshmi Devi, PhD, Dean for Academic Development and Enrichment and Elizabeth Howell, MD, MPP, Associate Dean for Academic Development. Administrative and programmatic support is made available through the Office of the Dean. OAED offers a recruitment incentive to junior faculty candidates who are under-represented in science and medicine (URiSM).

Office for Women's Careers enables women faculty to network across departments. The office serves as an advocacy and mentoring resource and provides a forum for support, education, and discussion.

Friedman Brain Institute Diversity in Neuroscience (DiverseBrains) Initiative advocates unanimously for proactive promotion of diversity and inclusivity at all levels of its activities

Racism and Bias Initiative addresses and undoes racism and bias in all areas of medical school and center racial justice, health equity, and underrepresented voices and experiences of our medical education colleagues.