Diversity and Inclusion Program

The Department of Neurology in the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center has a long and dynamic legacy of promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace and healthcare setting, while striving to understand, address, and eliminate healthcare disparities both locally and globally. We maintain a broad and growing number of programs, policies, and practices that support the recruitment and retention of a diverse and inclusive workforce of faculty, fellows, residents, staff members, and other members of our academic community.  At the same time, through research, clinical, and administrative initiatives, we strive to advance health equity both here within our local, culturally diverse, Washington Heights-Hamilton Heights-Inwood community of Northern Manhattan, as well as through programs initiated abroad.

To further these efforts in a more organized and cohesive fashion, the Department of Neurology created the Diversity and Inclusion Program, led by Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Carolyn B. Britton, with assistance and input from a Diversity and Inclusion Committee. The Committee, consisting of faculty and administrative staff from within the Department of Neurology, has a diverse representation and will continue to provide culturally competent education regarding healthcare disparities, implicit bias, LGBTIQA+ population, cultural competency, gender equality, race, disabilities, and workplace inclusion. The Committee will further educate and train leadership, house staff, and personnel in culturally appropriate policies and practices on an ongoing basis, and will evaluate these efforts annually.

To learn more about the ways in which diversity and inclusion are promoted throughout the Department of Neurology and the NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, please explore the following online resources: