About Us

The Center for Scientific Diversity strives to enhance representation and retention of underrepresented students in the biomedical research workforce. We work toward this goal both at Mount Sinai and elsewhere. We take a rigorous, anti-racist, research-driven, and culturally competent approach.

Mission Statement

Increasing both the diversity of the clinical investigator workforce and the research success of underrepresented minority investigators is a national priority and of the utmost importance to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Thus, we have established the Center for Scientific Diversity (CSD) to foster, develop, and assess empirically supported practices that promote and enhance scientific innovation, diversity, and equitable advancement within the biomedical investigator workforce. Our highly collaborative, multidisciplinary team of scientific investigators, thought leaders, and innovators is committed to diversity and inclusion from various departments across Icahn Mount Sinai. We focus on departments with expertise in biostatistics, basic science, behavioral psychology, community psychology, epidemiology, medicine, neuropsychology, neuroscience, inclusive excellence, research capacity building, and health disparities research. Our work is informed by rigorous scientific inquiry that promotes scholarly discourse that deliberately and strategically aims to dismantle racism and other systemic barriers that impede:

  1. The engagement of underrepresented trainees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics research
  2. The research success and professional advancement of diverse faculty members

The mission of the CSD is to foster an academic culture of inclusive excellence in which diverse members of the research workforce, inclusive of faculty and trainees, can thrive. As such, we aim to develop best practices that promote and sustain this culture at the institutional and national levels. We will accomplish this mission through synergistic, collaborative activities governed by three foundational pillars:

  1. Research
  2. Advocacy
  3. Training and enrichment