Earlier this month, San Francisco State University and the University of California, San Francisco received a grant of $14.8 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to continue a program aimed at enhancing diversity in the biomedical sciences for an additional five years.
The initiative, SF BUILD (Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity), was created in 2014 as one of 10 NIH-funded BUILD programs across the country. Each tests a different approach for enhancing the diversity of biomedical science. SF BUILD stands out for its aim to pivot away from attempts to fix any perceived “deficits” of underrepresented students — the skills or training that they supposedly lack — and instead change the university environment to be more welcoming.
“We want to disrupt current practices in science to create the space for new ones that are inclusive of all students,” said SF BUILD Director Leticia Márquez-Magaña. “We’re all sparks, and we expect the agents of change in SF BUILD to go out there and start a fire.”
Read more about the program and the grant renewal here.