In 1994 The Institute of Medicine issued a statement that strongly endorsed
diversity in the medical profession as a strategy to improve public health. The
rationale behind this endorsement was diverse backgrounds and experiences
facilitate scientific innovation and encourage the development of comprehensive
programs that consider how complex interactions of gender, race and
socioeconomics affect public health. The importance of faculty and student
diversity was recognized by the founders of the Albert Einstein College of
Medicine more than fifty years ago. Since its inception in 1953, the Albert
Einstein College of Medicine has always supported a non-discrimination policy
in regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, sex, age,
disability, veteran or disabled status, marital status, sexual orientation, or
citizen status. With these tenets paramount the Albert Einstein College of
Medicine was built on a foundation of inclusion and academic excellence that
fully embraced faculty and student body diversity.
Guided by Einstein’s long
standing mission for scientific excellence through faculty diversity and
community inclusion, the Office of the
Dean for Diversity Mentoring will lead the development of programs focused
on recruitment, retention, mentoring, and career advancement of diverse groups
of underrepresented faculty in academic medicine.
Office of the Dean for Diversity Mentoring seeks to provide support to individuals
with disabilities and underrepresented and diverse groups with clinical and
basic science faculty appointments, research associates, post doctoral research
fellows, and graduate and medical scientist training program trainees.
Diversity Mentoring: Offering Support and Professional Perspective
At a special luncheon designed to introduce Einstein’s Office of Diversity Mentoring and how it can help members of underrepresented groups at the College of Medicine build successful careers in the face of often overwhelming odds, Dr. Genevieve Neal-Perry, Einstein’s recently appointed associate dean for diversity mentoring, stated: "Knowing about enrollment and graduate rates for underrepresented individuals in health and science is powerful knowledge. And I am here to be your advocate for obtaining information that can help you develop a plan to achieve your career goals."