70 Faculty Receive Seed Funding for Projects that Address Structural Racism

Seventy CUIMC faculty members have received seed funding from the Office of the Provost for projects that engage with issues of structural racism. CUIMC faculty are leaders in 31 of the 57 projects that received funding.

The funding is part of Columbia University’s “Addressing Racism: A Call for Action for Higher Education” initiative. Institutions of higher education have historically been a part of the cause, and have the potential to be part of the cure, with respect to structural racism. The goal of this initiative is to provide resources to enable collaborative dialogue, action, and insight for systemic change toward racial equity.



Projects involving CUIMC faculty are listed below; details of all projects are available here


Elaine Abrams, Pediatrics and Epidemiology

Targeting Provider Bias to Advance Health Equity in Maternal Care
Janice Aubey, Obstetrics & Gynecology; Allison Lee, Anesthesiology

Disrupting the Effects of Racism on Underrepresented in Medicine (Urim) Trainees: Fostering Healing and Agency
Jean-Marie Alves-Bradford, Psychiatry; Hetty Cunningham, Pediatrics; Hilda Hutcherson, Obstetrics & Gynecology

Racial Justice in Gender, Sexuality, & Health
Walter Bockting, Claude Mellins, Robert Remien and Theodorus Sandfort, Psychiatry

Addressing Inequities in Liver Transplant Evaluation: Identifying and Eliminating Health Worker Bias
Lorna Dove and Nicole Golden, Surgery, Julia Wattacheril, Medicine; Jean Emond, Pediatrics; Veronica Roye, Nursing

Addressing Racism Through Education, Intentional Recruitment, & Advocacy
Himabindu Ekanadham, Krishna Desai, and Richard Younge, Medicine; David Rosenthal, Health Policy & Management; Silvia Cunto-Amesty, Medicine and Population & Family Health; Rebecca Leeds and Hannah Brooks, Family & Community Medicine; Nataliya Pilipenko, Medicine and Psychiatry

Keeping the Momentum
Raymond Givens and Andrea Duran, Medicine; Don Edmondson, Medicine and Psychiatry

Picture a Scientist
Wesley Grueber, Physiology & Cellular Biophysics and Neuroscience and Darcy Kelley, Biological Sciences

Race and Health Curriculum
Catherine McManus, Surgery

Designing Antiracist Case Studies
Kathleen Mullen, Nursing; Michael Devlin, Psychiatry; Latisha Hanson, Nursing; Letty Moss-Salentijn, Dental Medicine

Racial Justice Podcast
Desmond Patton, Ovita Williams, and Susan Witte, Social Work; Jennifer Manly, Neurology

Justice and Pandemics Preparedness Academy
Lisa Rosen-Metsch, Dean, General Studies and Sociomedical Sciences; James Colgrove and Samuel Roberts, Sociomedical Sciences; Marlyn Delva, Epidemiology and Sociomedical Sciences; Dana March-Palmer, Epidemiology; Julien Teitler, Social Work

Awareness and Community Activism to Confront Racism in the Mental Health System
M. Katherine Shear, Social Work; Sidney Hankerson, Psychiatry

Activating Racial Justice Through Narrative Negotiation
Danielle Spencer, Derek McCracken, and Carmen Price, Narrative Medicine; Beth Fisher-Yoshida, Negotiation & Conflict Resolution

Sleep Center of Excellence Seminar Special Series on Discrimination, Social Injustice, and Sleep
Marie Pierre St-Onge, Medicine; Carmela Alcantara, Social Work

Moving Towards Anti-racist Systems and Policies to Reduce Childhood Obesity
Jennifer Woo Baidal, Pediatrics; Elena Ladas, Pediatrics and Epidemiology; John Rausch, Pediatrics


Fostering Inclusive Excellence—Addressing Racism & Culture in PT Education (FIERCE)
Laurel Daniels Abbruzzese, Clare Bassile, and Ashwin Rao, Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine

Using Narrative Ethics to Explore Racial Disparities in Healthcare
Joyeeta Dastidar, Medicine

Anti-racism and the Emergency Department: A Year-long Program Towards Self-inquiry and Institutional Progress
Almaz Dessie and Stefan Flores, Emergency Medicine

CUIMC Diversity Day
Stefan Flores and Almaz Dessie, Emergency Medicine

Decolonizing Development
Julie Franks, Sociomedical Sciences

The MOSAIC (Mentoring of Students and Igniting Community): Initiative for Equity and Inclusion
Stephanie Grilo and Goleen Samari, Population and Family Health

COVID-19 and Telemedicine: Impact on Racial Orthopedic Healthcare Disparities
Charles Jobin, Orthopedic Surgery

Understanding and Responding to Racial Microaggressions in the Theatre of the Oppressed
Allison Lee, Desmond Jordan, and Maya Hastie, Anesthesiology

Anti-Racism in the Intensive Care Unit at Columbia University Medical Center: Evaluation of our Current State and a Journey to Make the Uncomfortable Comfortable
Vivek Moitra, Jonathan Hastie, and Beth Hochman, Anesthesiology

A Revolution in Race-Based Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate (eGFR) Reporting: An Educational Initiative
Heather Morris and Krzysztof Kiryluk, Medicine

Improving Mobile Health Access and Quality to Black Patients with Liver Disease
Akhil Shenoy, Psychiatry

Center for Research on People of Color—Anti-Racism Speaker Series
Jacquelyn Taylor, Nursing

Seminars in African American History of Medicine
William Turner, Medicine

Nth Dimension Summer Internship (NDSI) Program at Columbia Orthopedics—A Program Designed to Bridge the Gap in Mentorship for Underrepresented Minorities Seeking a Career in Orthopedic Medicine
Wakenda Tyler and William Levine (Chair), Orthopedic Surgery

Black Liver Health Initiative—Outreach Campaign
Elizabeth Verna, Medicine