Office of Diversity and Inclusion

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Our mission is to develop a supportive institutional climate for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) faculty, staff, students, and patients at Weill Cornell Medicine and it affiliates. This inclusive climate encompasses professional development, equitable employment benefits, community outreach, medical student education, LGBT health-related research, inclusive patient care, and the instruction of best clinical practices for LGBT patients. Through continuous staff and student feedback, the committee strives to develop the infrastructure and activities that address the LGBT community's personal and professional needs.


In February of 2012, Dr. Nelson Sanchez submitted a document titled “Recommendations to Build a More Supportive Climate for Lesbian, Gay, bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Students, Staff, and Patients at Weill Cornell Medical College" to Dean Laurie Glimcher.  One recommendation was the creation of an institutional committee responsible for advising and evaluating Cornell’s efforts in building a more supportive climate for LGBT individuals.   The LGBT committee at Weill Cornell Medicine was formed in 2012 by students, staff and faculty to increase the visibility of the LGBT community and to advocate for the rights of our patients and ourselves in the medical center, hospital, and community beyond. This includes creating and fostering an open and accepting environment for LGBT students at WCM, as well as holding events that provide forums for discussion of sexual orientation and identity in the medical context. The group organizes social events and has worked with the WCM administration to increase institutional LGBT visibility and to incorporate education on LGBT health issues into the medical student curriculum.  Dr. Jessica Zonana chaired the committee in 2012 and led the initiative for sexual orinatation and gender identity data inclusion in the WCM outpatient electronic medical records system.  In 2014, Dr. Nelson Sanchez became chair of the committee and leads research initiatives and allies training at the institution. 

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  • Annual on campus networking event [2013-Present]
  • LGBT Allies Training Course. Created in 2013 to train staff, faculty and students on how to serve as a campus “ally” to LGBT individuals. The program is designed to increase the overall campus community's understanding of and capacity to address issues faced by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) persons. Over 200 faculty, staff and students have completed the course to date. An online version of the course was created in 2016. [2013-Present]
  • Electronic Medical Records. In 2014, sexual orientation and gender identity (SO/GI) data fields created in the outpatient electronic medical record system at WCM. By the end of 2016, nearly 40,000 patients have SO/GI data collected in the outpatient EMR and an IRB protocol is currently being reviewed at WCM to assess health disparities and quality metrics at among LGBT patients and their non-LGBT peers at WCM. [2014-Present]
  • Institutional sponsorship and hosting of National Annual LGBT Health Workforce conference. The LGBT Health Workforce Conference provides an overview of up-to-date practices (climate, educational, research, and clinical) in preparing the health care workforce to address the health concerns and disparities of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities.  This conference is designed for health professionals (M.D., D.O., P.A.-C., R.N., N.P., D.D., social workers, psychologists, etc.), educators, and students (pre-health professions, professional schools, and graduate), but all interested are invited to attend. [2015-Present]
  • Monthly networking mixers hosted locally off campus [2016-Present]
  • LGBT health research and education elective for WCM medical students.  Launching in July of 2017

Committee Members

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