Offices, Councils, Groups & Initiatives

Our efforts to guide and inform the School’s structures, policies, and practices are aimed at advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in 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.

Road Map for Action to Address Racism is a Mount Sinai Health System (MSHS) initiative guided by a road map composed of 11 strategies that cover an array of areas, including measurement, health care delivery, integration and unification, finance and business, organizational and institutional, and learning and enrichment. The goal of the Road Map is for MSHS to be an anti-racist and equitable health care and learning institution that intentionally addresses all forms of racism and creates greater diversity, inclusion, and equity for our workforce and for those we serve.

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

Office for Diversity and Inclusion (ODI)'s charge is to support the Mount Sinai Health System in embracing the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as key drivers for excellence and innovation for unrivaled health care delivery, medical and health education, and research. ODI’s role is to serve as consultants and subject matter experts on best practices in diversity and inclusion whereby we advise on policies and procedures and provide education on inclusive and anti-racist practices to promote equity and inclusion for all.

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 practices designed to enhance the academic success, retention and personal development of student and faculty populations underrepresented in medicine.

The Diversity Innovation Hub (DIH) is a special initiative of the Mount Sinai Health System’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion. The DIH aims to facilitate and accelerate the participation of women and people of color in the health tech space, innovate the practice of diversity, and advance innovation and equity in academic medicine and health care. The mission of the DIH is to initiate, accelerate, and launch innovative solutions to address social and structural determinants of health that perpetuate disparities in health and healthcare.

Graduate Medical Education (GME) Diversity Committee is sponsored by the ODI/CMCA, aims to advance diversity, equity and inclusion with a particular focus on the recruitment and retention of house staff. The committee consists of deans, and clinical and other department chairs and is co-chaired by Michael Leitman, MD and Gary Butts, MD.   

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

Faculty Diversity Council is charged by Office of the Dean to promote the recruitment and retention among faculty members from groups underrepresented in medicine and science. Gary Butts, MD, and  Yvette Calderon, MD, serve as co-chairs.

Office of Faculty Development (OFD) was established in 2011 as a school-wide office at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, aims to support all faculty as you develop through each stage of your scientific, clinical, educational, and administrative career. The office is committed to helping create an equitable, just, and inclusive culture that cultivates the well-being and professional fulfillment of all faculty as we build and enhance our partnerships and programs.

Office of Gender Equity in Science and Medicine strives to create a culture where everyone is valued and has the opportunity to succeed. To do so, the office aims to assess and address the climate and structures at our institution. More specifically, the office looks to build community while working to address and strengthen policies and programs related to bias and mistreatment, compensation equity, recruitment, retention and promotion, leadership development and family support.

Growth in Operations, Administrations, & Leadership Society (GOALS) aims to expand diversity for Black males at the mid and upper levels of management and create career conduits by accelerating (career) paths, providing mentorships, and creating opportunities for those seeking to maximize their full potential.

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

The Department of Medical Education’s Racism and Bias Initiative addresses and undoes racism and bias in all areas of medical school and centers racial justice, health equity, and underrepresented voices and experiences of our medical education colleagues.

MSI STEM Research & Development Consortium (MSRDC) is a collaborative organization that serves as a research development partner to research institutions, industry, and government partners that serve minority populations. The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has become a partner institution with MSRDC, which offers special collaborative and funding opportunities.

The Center for Scientific Diversity was founded by Emma K. T. Benn, DrPH, MPH, is an initiative of the Dean’s Office and the Institute for Health Equity Research. Our goal is to increase the research success and equitable advancement of underrepresented faculty investigators and trainees in academic medical centers nationwide.

The Institute for Equity and Justice in Health Sciences Education’s purpose is to support and enhance an anti-racist, anti-oppressive learning, training, and work environment in medical, biomedical, and health professions education.

Institute for Health Equity Research (IHER)’s mission is to examine the causes and magnitude of health and health care disparities affecting nonwhite, low-income, immigrant, uninsured, LGBTQ+, and other vulnerable populations across all ages, abilities, and genders in order to devise, test, and implement innovative solutions to eliminate disparities in health while fostering long-term collaborations with community organizations and policymakers. Lynne Richardson, MD and Carol Horowitz, MD serve as the co-directors.

Mount Sinai Center for Asian Equity and Professional Development (CAEPD) has been established to create positive change in the advancement of professional development and equity through promoting education, enabling candid conversations, and taking tangible action.