The role of the Mount Sinai Health System Office for Diversity and Inclusion supports the Mount Sinai Health System (MSHS) in embracing diversity and inclusion as key drivers for excellence and innovation for unrivaled healthcare service delivery, medical and health education, and research.
The ODI has three divisions: Patricia S. Levinson Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs (CMCA), Corporate Health System Affairs (CHSA), and the Center for Excellence in Youth Education (CEYE). While each ODI division has a specific area of responsibility they are all involved with strategic thinking, planning, and management, and when appropriate, programmatic activity. Visit ODI to learn more about the resources, programs, and activities that support diversity and inclusion at MSHS
ODI Executive Leadership
Gary Butts, MD, Chief Diversity Officer and Dean for Diversity Policy, Programs, and Community Affairs leads the ODI. The executive leadership team includes Dr. Butts, Ann-Gel Palermo, DrPH, MPH, Chief Program Officer and Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion in Biomedical Education and Pamela Abner, MPA Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer.
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is committed to promoting and supporting diversity and inclusion in our educational, research, clinical, community service, and community collaboration environments.
We are committed to increasing and sustaining the representation of individuals from groups underrepresented in medicine and science, with particular focus on women, LGBTQ-identified, Black and Latino students, trainees, research and clinical faculty, and our leadership. We are committed to fulfilling the learning, teaching, and professional development needs of our diverse students, faculty, and staff to address the health information and health care needs of the communities we serve.
Our goal is to enrich the learning environment for our students and trainees by providing them the opportunity to learn from a community of peers and faculty who represent a wide range of perspectives and life experiences. This diverse health care and scientific work force will create a stimulating, innovative atmosphere that brings together people who will address challenges in health care and biomedical research in creative ways.
We commit ourselves to embracing diversity as an integral part of the educational experience at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
Diversity Programs at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Center for Excellence in Youth Education (CEYE)
The CEYE division of the Mount Sinai Health System Office for Diversity and Inclusion and is located at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS). Our center exposes and enriches hundreds youth from underrepresented and or economically disadvantaged backgrounds to careers in science and medicine through hands-on curriculum and internships. Founded by Lloyd R. Sherman, EdD, in 1975, we serve close to 300 students in grades 6 through the collegiate level each year. Since we are situated in ISMMS, CEYE students can participate in challenging learning experiences that prepare them for future careers in the health professions. CEYE offers students teaching and instructional opportunities to youth participating in their programs.
For more information about CMCA or CEYE, contact:
Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs (CMCA)
1468 Madison Avenue
Annenberg Building, 21st Floor, Room 21-70
The Patricia S. Levinson Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs (CMCA)
The Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs (CMCA) is the diversity center of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS). The mission of CMCA is to eliminate health disparities through the use of innovative, integrative, and coordinated approaches in the areas of community, clinical care, education, and research to improve the health of all populations by diversifying the health care workforce and influencing health policy and research.
We carry out our mission by serving as the interface for educational pipeline programs, minority affairs, institution-wide diversity initiatives, and academic support for medical students, minority faculty development, and culture and medicine programs at ISMMS. Gary Butts, MD, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the Mount Sinai Health System, Professor of Pediatrics, Medical Education, and Preventive Medicine, and the Dean for Diversity Programs, Policy, and Community Affairs at ISMMS, directs CMCA.
As the primary hub for policies and initiatives, which relate to supporting and advancing diversity at ISMMS, we also monitor diversity trends for ISMMS’s minority faculty, students, and trainees through our comprehensive database. CMCA was the only federally funded Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Center of Excellence for Minority Health in New York State geared toward increasing the level of diversity in the health care workforce. CMCA has more than 40 years of success in education pipeline programs that engage and prepare students in high schools and colleges for careers in the health professions.
We are actively involved in other institutional research efforts, including: 1) the Center for Community and Academic Research Partnership (CCARP), a key program in ISMMS’s Clinical and Translational Science (CTSA) program; 2) the CDC-initiated REACH to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities in the United States; 3) the Mount Sinai Summer Institute for NeuroAIDS Disparities; 4) the Diversity in Biomedical Research Council of the Graduate School of Biological Sciences charged to assess and better utilize ISMMS’s resources in addressing the diversity of the research workforce; 5) and the institution-wide Diversity Council which is currently co-chaired by Drs. Gary Butts and Elizabeth Howell.
What CMCA Offers Students
CMCA offers a variety of opportunities to ISMMS students, including:
- Strong, multi-faceted partnerships with local community organizations that allow integration of community-oriented care, research, and service learning
- Teaching and instructional opportunities to educationally and economically disadvantaged youth through our Center for Excellence in Youth Education
- Monthly lunch-hour CMCA Journal Club led by students
- Student Academic and Career Advisement, which supplement the existing faculty advisement program
- Faculty Advising for nearly all community service learning, education, and training programs and more than 20 medical and graduate student groups and extracurricular activities
- Research support and mentorship in collaboration with the Medical Student Research Office and the Arnhold Institute for Global Health in community-based, health disparities, and health services research
- Access to faculty mentors for research and career advisement
- Educational resources on the intersection of race, culture, sexual orientation and gender identify, spirituality, and medicine and health in medical education
- Student cubicle for students to check email and do limited printing and faxing
- Resources and advisement to students interested in service learning, community-based activities, policy and advocacy, and public and urban health issues
- ISMMS recruitment and outreach efforts to ensure a diverse applicant pool by coaching and mentoring for individuals interested in applying to ISMMS’s MD and PhD programs; and for current students interested in graduate degree programs