Our Commitment

Mission and Vision

The mission of the Office of Student Diversity (OSD) at Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM) is to:

  • Promote the recruitment and retention of a talented and diverse medical and graduate student body, particularly from populations underrepresented in science (URiS) and medicine (URiM)
  • Ensure that all students inclusive of gender, sexual, racial, ethnic, cultural, political, and religious identity and background, have a genuine sense of belonging in the Weill Cornell Medicine community
  • Help students achieve their highest potential for scholarly excellence and career advancement
  • Engage and support community service and outreach both in medicine and science to underserved communities


The Weill Cornell Medical College is dedicated to the highest principles of liberal education, spirited inquiry, collaborative learning and individual initiative. For more information https://medicaleducation.weill.cornell.edu/


The Weill Cornell Graduate School is a vibrant community of scholars from around the globe. Our goal is to create a welcoming environment and help our students find their community. Diversity is something that we cherish and work to infuse in our institution’s fabric and practice. For more information https://gradschool.weill.cornell.edu/diversity-and-inclusion


Office of Student Diversity

445 East 69th Street, Room 110

New York, NY  10021

Fax: 212-746-8211



Joy D. Howell, MD, FAAP, FCCM

Assistant Dean for Diversity and Student Life

Vice Chair for Diversity in Pediatrics

Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

Tel: 212-746-1057

Email: wjdh2002@med.cornell.edu

Yazmin Carrasco, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

Co-Principal Investigator of Weill Cornell IMSD Program  

Director of ACCESS Summer Research Internship Program

Assistant Professor of Education Research, Pharmacology Department

Tel: 646-962-4937

Email: ypc4001@med.cornell.edu


Roxana Mesías, PhD

Diversity Program Manager, Graduate School

Tel: 212.746.1060

Email: rem4008@med.cornell.edu

Sahira Torres, M.S.

Coordinator, Office of Community Service

Tel: 212-746-3390

Email: sjt2003@med.cornell.edu

Angely Arriaza

Diversity Coordinator

Tel: 6469624935

Email: ana4026@med.cornell.edu 


Fernando Arzu

Senior Administrative Specialist

Email: fea4002@med.cornell.edu


Natalia Rivera-Sanchez

OSD Graduate Assistant-Pharmacology PhD Program

Email: ndr4002@med.cornell.edu

Office of Diversity and Inclusion 1300 York Avenue New York, NY 10065