Office for Diversity and Inclusion
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.
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.
A systemwide entity, our division consists of three units and a portfolio of special initiatives:
Corporate Health System Affairs (CHSA)
Based at Mount Sinai’s Corporate Services Center, CHSA recommends and establishes best practices in diversity, equity, and inclusion management to engage the organization in cultural effectiveness, promote anti-racist practices, eliminate disparities, and enhance the patient experience for all. The CHSA staff manages, promotes, and partners with health system leadership on dedicated programs in key DEI areas of focus.
Patricia S. Levinson Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs (CMCA)
Based at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, CMCA supports students and faculty from backgrounds underrepresented in science and medicine to advance diversity at all levels within the medical and graduate schools. CMCA staff directs innovative and coordinated approaches through educational pipeline programs, diversity affairs, school-wide diversity initiatives, and training and education programs focused on the intersection of medicine, science, and social justice through an urban health lens.
Center for Excellence in Youth Education (CEYE)
Based at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, CEYE operates a range of school-year and summer programs geared to youth belonging to groups that are underrepresented in medicine. CEYE staff develop and maintain exclusive partnerships with surrounding schools and departments to help more than 200 students each year from grade seven through college prepare for careers in science and healthcare.
Diversity Innovation Hub (DiH)
Launched in October 2019, the DiH was formed to partner with local community, health and technology experts to address disparities in health and health care. DiH consists of several design teams (students, trainees, staff, community leaders, and stakeholders), which help to identify challenges, formulate new ideas, find resources, and explore new investments to advance health care. The DiH organizes regular meetups for the healthcare and innovation community.
United in Solidarity (UiS)
Launched on Juneteenth (June 19th) 2020, UiS is an online platform that serves to support, connect, and inform the Mount Sinai community of efforts to instill an anti-racist culture and promote anti-racist practices across the organization. The platform is home to an extensive resource guide of print and social media to educate on matters of racism, prejudice, and bias in the United States. Also featured are the “Affirmations” and “Blog” pages, which include statements and stories from Mount Sinai departments, faculty, and staff to encourage the community to create the reality of ending racism.
Center for Antiracism in Practice (CAP)
CAP is a shared resource for both the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai’s Department of Medical Education and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences to build capacity among leadership, faculty, staff, trainees, and students to advance health and racial equity in medicine and science. The three pillars of CAP include: 1) enhance teaching and learning design strategies using an antiracist pedagogy through workshops and curriculum clinics, 2) partner with school leadership to provide organizational strategy and development using antiracist practices, and 3) integrate scientific research on race and disease in education and research as well as the strategies in Mount Sinai’s Road Map for Action associated with advancing antiracism education.
The DEI Academy at The Office for Diversity and Inclusion
The DEI Academy is an employee resource that will serve as a central hub that aims to expand awareness of behaviors and practices that perpetuate racism and bias in the work and learning environment, equip participants with tools, strategies, and resources to mitigate against racism and bias and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion, and inspire ongoing learning in content areas related to diversity, equity and inclusion. The DEI Academy is a multi-modal employee resource that combines legacy virtual and in person ODI offerings with a centralized PEAK online learning platform.
Ways to Get Involved
We encourage Mount Sinai Health System faculty, staff, trainees, and students to engage and participate in DEI efforts in the following ways:
- Join an Employee Resource Group (ERG). ERG members are united by common goals and interests; they serve as champions to drive DEI efforts and foster an inclusive work and learning environment across the health system.
To learn more or to join a specific ERG, click on the following links:
- ADAPT (All Differing Abilities Partnering Together)
- Asian Resource Network
- Black Leaders Advocating for Change and Community
- Black Women Leaders Connect
- Faculty of Color Network
- Growth in Operations, Administrations, and Leadership Society (GOALS)
- Heritage of Latino Alliance
- Islamic Community of Mount Sinai
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Group
- Women’s Advocacy Group
- Schedule an Education and Training session for your department.
- Recommend an addition to our United in Solidarity Resource Guide.
- Attend a Chats for Change session.
- Follow us on YouTube, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Yammer.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to get involved.