DPC Partners


Each of the 3 major components of the DPC play a unique role, contributing to the overall goals of the initiative:

The BUILD initiative was designed to allow each of 11 academic institutions to study innovative approaches to improving the experience of trainees from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups underrepresented in biomedical research, potentially helping them on the pathway to become future contributors to the NIH-funded research enterprise. BUILD sites were also funded to implement programs at the faculty and institutional levels to maximize opportunities for faculty development and improving their ability to conduct research. An integral component of the BUILD initiative is the long-term evaluation of the programs. Participants will be followed through the progression of their career pathways.

Mentorship is crucial in the development of any scientist's career; however, there has been a relative lack of evidence on how to promote successful mentoring relationships for trainees from diverse backgrounds, including those from underrepresented backgrounds. The NRMN was developed to understand the elements that contribute to productive mentoring relationships for individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those from underrepresented groups, and to develop mentoring tools and resources across the national community of researchers in the biomedical research workforce. During the first phase of the program, the NRMN was tasked with developing a highly networked set of motivated and skilled mentors from various disciplines linked to mentees across the country. In addition, the NRMN cores were selected to provide training opportunities for mentors, to facilitate networking and professional opportunities, and to collect data on effective practices for mentoring.

The CEC serves the DPC in a dual role, coordinating a range of DPC-wide activities and implementing a Consortium-wide evaluation of the impact of the BUILD and NRMN activities and interventions on meeting "Hallmarks of Success". The CEC incorporates: (1) a centralized administrative structure to enhance the provision of cross-program logistics, linkages, and learning communities, (2) state-of-the-art data collection (through the Enhance Diversity Study surveys and qualitative data collection) and data management expertise and services to support the Consortium-wide Evaluation Plan (CWEP) and to enhance the overall aims of the NIH Diversity Program Consortium, and (3) implementation of a multidimensional, comprehensive assessment of the impact of the NIH Diversity Program Consortium using novel mixed methods (qualitative and quantitative)