ABOUT the Diversity program consortium (dpc)

The Diversity Program Consortium, in partnership with the NIH, will develop, implement, and evaluate innovative approaches to research training and mentoring, with the goal of engaging individuals from diverse backgrounds and helping them prepare for and succeed in biomedical research careers. It provides the opportunity for transformation of the biomedical research workforce through institution-wide and eventually nationwide implementation of successful training and mentoring strategies. The long-term goal is to enhance the NIH mission through a more diverse and robust workforce, attracting talented individuals from all population sectors.

The Diversity Program Consortium is made up of BUILD, NRMN and CEC

BUilding Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD)

BUILD is a set of experimental training awards designed to learn how to attract students from diverse backgrounds into the biomedical research workforce and encourage them to become future contributors to the NIH-funded research enterprise. Institutions are encouraged to incorporate additional innovative methods to engage and prepare students for success, including those who might otherwise not choose biomedical research careers. Flexibility to innovate is an emphasis of the BUILD initiative. The ten BUILD institutions, along with partner institutions, broaden the potential pool of participating students and maximize opportunities for research training and faculty and staff development.

National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN)

The National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) is a nationwide consortium that focuses on enhancing the training and career development of individuals from diverse backgrounds who are pursuing biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social science research careers (collectively termed biomedical research careers), through enhanced networking and mentorship experiences. NRMN is also developing best practices for mentoring, providing training opportunities for mentors, and providing networking and professional opportunities for mentees.

Coordination & Evaluation Center at UCLA (CEC)

The overall purpose of the Diversity Program Consortium (DPC) Coordination and Evaluation Center (CEC) at UCLA that is supported by the National Institutes of Health is to provide operations and data coordination and support, and to conduct a longitudinal evaluation, in support of the Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) and the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) programs (known collectively as the NIH Diversity Program Consortium). These new signature NIH initiatives are designed to promote diversity in the NIH-funded biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social sciences (collectively termed "biomedical") research workforce. The CEC plans and hosts these events to enhance the visibility of the DPC's work, facilitate community building among DPC trainees, leverage the capacity building opportunities with collaborators (such as SACNAS and ABRCMS) for the benefit of trainees, BUILD, NRMN, and their partners.

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