Weill Cornell Medicine receives $5 million for diversity initiative

Weill Cornell Medicine receives $5 million for diversity initiative

Weill Cornell Medicine has announced a $5 million grant from the Mastercard Impact Fund in support of an initiative to foster and support a more diverse faculty.

The Diversity-Mentorship Collaborative initiative will support the development of a mentoring curriculum, a program that provides up to two years of competitive funding to underrepresented-in-medicine (URM) faculty for a promising research project, a program that enables faculty engaged in research who are also the primary caregiver in their household to apply for funding for research assistance, and a diversity incentive program offering salary support for up to two URM faculty recruits a year over their first two years. The grant is an extension of a recently announced commitment by Mastercard to use the full range of its resources to combat discrimination and advance inclusion and equality.

"At Weill Cornell Medicine, we have established diversity and mentorship as chief priorities and fundamental pillars of our institution's mission, developing numerous robust initiatives geared toward increasing representation and nurturing talent in medicine," said Augustine M.K. Choi, the Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean at Weill Cornell Medicine. "We are profoundly grateful to Mastercard for this generous grant, which will enable us to further cultivate generations of exemplary healthcare leaders whose diverse backgrounds and experiences will serve to advance patient care and medical research."

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