Diversity increases the variety and quality of experiences, perspectives, and scholarly interests among faculty and trainees. The longstanding paucity of Black and Latinx faculty at Mount Sinai and nationwide is no longer acceptable because of the missed opportunities to enhance the breadth, depth, and excellence of our research and teaching enterprise. Increasing research faculty diversity at Mount Sinai will provide a critical mass of role models and mentors to foster the recruitment and retention of students, fellows, and other junior investigators from these under-represented groups, planting the seeds for further diversity in future years.
The Mount Sinai Biomedical Laureates Program is part of our institutional response. The goal of the Program is to increase the number of Black and Latinx research faculty at Mount Sinai and to support their growth as investigators and development towards leadership roles at our institution. Each year, for the next five years, we will recruit 4 Black or Latinx research faculty: two each in basic/translational science research and in clinical science/health services research. Further information about the Laureates Program can be found in this video and Request for Applications.
Nominations are now being considered four times each year, with online due dates of January 1, April 1, July 1, or October 1. The next deadline is October 1, 2021. Laureates will be selected within 6 weeks after each submission date. Nominations must be submitted through this Online Portal.
The Program will be administered through the Dean’s Office of the Icahn School of Medicine and through the Institute for Health Equity Research (IHER). For questions on eligibility and selection process please contact Eric J. Nestler, MD, PhD, Dean for Academic and Scientific Affairs, or Lynne Richardson, MD, Co-Director of IHER. To promote the success of the Program, we will constitute an External Advisory Board composed of regional and national scientists to form a network of support for all faculty involved in this program.
The Mount Sinai Biomedical Laureates Program will be supported by dedicated funds that can only be used for recruitment of Black and Latinx research faculty. This investment ensures that we will achieve our stated goal, and demonstrates our firm commitment to foster a diverse and inclusive learning and work environment within our world-renowned research enterprise.