In recognition of its outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion, Weill Cornell Medicine has been awarded INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine’s 2018 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award. INSIGHT Into Diversity is the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.
The HEED Award celebrates institutions that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. Weill Cornell Medicine is among 35 U.S. health profession schools and centers to win this distinction, which the magazine will highlight in its December issue.
“The HEED Award recognizes our excellence in diversity and the strong commitment that Dean Augustine M.K. Choi has placed on it, as well as the many years of activities that we’ve had in this area that continue to grow and expand,” said Dr. Linnie Golightly, associate dean of diversity and inclusion. “It really gives us credence and recognition for being a welcoming and inclusive place.”
This year marked Weill Cornell Medicine’s first Diversity Week, which showcased cutting-edge scholarship and initiatives focused on enhancing diversity and reducing healthcare disparities both on campus and nationwide. The celebrations, held April 23-28, included the presentation of the inaugural Dean’s Diversity and Healthcare Disparity Research Awards, which provide research funding to Weill Cornell Medicine investigators whose work seeks to improve the health of women and underrepresented minorities and achieve health equity for people locally and globally. The new Dean’s Diversity Scholarships were also announced, which annually award full-tuition scholarships to two accepted medical students who have financial need and are from groups underrepresented in medicine. Faculty, trainees, students and staff were recognized for their outstanding service and leadership in promoting diversity at the academic medical institution through research, pipeline programs, mentoring and advocacy.
“Anyone who comes in our door can feel at home,” Dr. Golightly said, “and all of us have a place in leading diversity by reaching out to each other, no matter where we came from, no matter who we are.”