Coordination & Evaluation Center at UCLA

The overall purpose of the Diversity Program Consortium 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 overarching goals include (i) diversify the workforce, (ii) recruit the most talented researchers, (iii) improve the quality of the training environment, (iv) balance and broaden the national perspective in setting research priorities, (v) improve the ability to recruit subjects from diverse backgrounds into clinical research protocols, and (vi) improve the nation's capacity to address and eliminate health disparities.

CEC Purpose/Goals

  1. Provide operations and data coordination and support, and to conduct a longitudinal evaluation, in support of the BUILD and NRMN programs
  2. Promote a collaborative environment across BUILD sites and NRMN network, and NIH
  3. Work closely with the Diversity Program Consortium Executive Steering Committee (ESC) to ensure the successful achievement of all Consortium objectives

The Diversity Program Consortium Coordination and Evaluation Center at UCLA is supported by Office of the Director of the National Institutes of Health / National Institutes of General Medical Sciences under award number U54GM119024.