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Diversity & Inclusion

We cultivate diversity and inclusion among students, faculty, staff, and leadership.
Joseph E. Ravenell - Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

Joseph E. Ravenell, MD

Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

While advancing diversity and inclusion has long been institution-wide goals at NYU Langone Health, the events of 2020 have necessitated bold action and an explicit commitment to stand against systemic racism. This past summer, we unveiled a strategic roadmap for achieving our vision of an inclusive culture of medicine, positioned to lead the fight for health equity. This framework will be used to engage stakeholders across NYU Langone to collaborate on sustainable change.

Our roadmap is anchored by four pillars:

  • optimizing organizational culture
  • promoting inclusive community
  • increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion capacity
  • developing and implementing equity-related knowledge

Each focus has associated short-term, midterm, and long-term strategies for achieving our goals. Our action plan has already been set in motion, in the following ways.

Optimizing Organizational Culture

The Office of Diversity Affairs is developing standard definitions for diversity language to be utilized across the institution. In June 2020, we held a month-long “Understanding Race, Racism, and Allyship” workshop series.

Promoting Inclusive Community

In 2019 we convened a leadership group, the Dean’s Recruitment Committee (DRC), to develop and implement an action plan to create a medical school faculty pipeline for individuals who are underrepresented in medicine (URiM), along with a comprehensive strategy to ensure diverse representation across all levels of NYU Grossman School of Medicine leadership. The DRC was specifically established to work with the school’s search committees to identify URiM candidates for leadership positions.

Our office is hosting and supporting listening and processing sessions for students, trainees, faculty, and staff, as well as a monthly Diversity Dialogue session to provide space for difficult conversations related to anti-racism.

In fall 2020, we welcomed an inaugural cohort to the Faculty Leadership Development Programs. Sixteen individuals from underrepresented groups were chosen to participate from across the institution. These individuals were invited to network, collaborate, and develop leadership skills to promote change at NYU Langone and beyond.

Increasing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Capacity

The Office of Diversity Affairs partnered with the Office of Medical Education to convene a Social Determinants of Health Task Force to include content across the undergraduate medical education (UME) curriculum on systemic racism and its impact on health outcomes. We are also partnering with graduate medical education (GME) programs and faculty to develop health equity curriculum for both UME and GME, as well as continuing education opportunities for faculty.

In addition, our office has developed and made available to the entire NYU community a virtual training in implicit bias.

Developing and Implementing Equity-Related Knowledge

Our office has partnered with NYU Health Sciences Library to share a list of resources discussing race and racism in medicine, and has also developed a guide to support listening and processing sessions for students, trainees, faculty, and staff to disseminate to institutional leaders.

We are partnering with the Departments of Population Health and Medicine, among others, to advance ground-breaking science that elucidate the causes and help inform strategies to address racial disparities in health.

In addition, NYU Langone recently launched the Institute for Excellence in Health Equity. Under the leadership of Olugbenga G. Ogedegbe, MD, MPH, FACP, the institute will advance the mission of health equity across our entire healthcare system and strive to build a culture of inclusive excellence by facilitating and enabling recruitment, training, and mentorship of medical students, physicians, and scientists.

This list is not comprehensive and we will continue to add to it as we make progress toward our goals. For questions, please contact diversity@nyulangone.org.