Penn Center for AIDS Research

CFAR Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Pipeline Initiative (CDEIPI)

The Penn CFAR is now a part of the CFAR Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Pipeline Initiative (CDEIPI). Led by Florence Momplaisir, MD, MSHP, FACP and Kelly Jordan-Sciutto, PhD, the Penn Scholars for Diversity in AIDS Research is a partnership with Lincoln University and the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. 

The goal of the Penn CFAR Scholars’ program is to provide research training opportunities focused on HIV basic and clinical science to students from populations that have traditionally been underrepresented in science. The program also offers professional skills development and peer, near-peer mentoring networks. Our short-term goal is to leverage 5 existing academic and community-based summer enrichment programs by expanding trainee slots and building HIV-specific content and mentored research opportunities.

The overarching goal of the NIH-supported CFAR Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Pipeline Initiative (CDEIPI) is to increase the number of Underrepresented Minorities (URM) / Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) trainees who are engaged in HIV science at the high school, undergraduate, graduate (masters, doctoral or medical) and post-doctoral levels and to develop pathways for these "CFAR Scholars" to successful careers in science and medicine. The CDEIPI will support the development of new programs and the enhancement of existing programs within the CFAR network in collaboration with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) throughout the United States. The CDEIPI Coordinating Center will be housed within the DC CFAR. 


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