The Diversity Recruitment & Retention Program (DRP), which started in fall 2010, is designed to support underrepresented groups in academic medicine. The Office of Diversity Affairs will award a one time grant of $25,000 to support specific areas of training including research and professional development. $5,000 of the funds are earmarked for professional development and all funds must be used within the calendar year.
As a recipient of DRP funds the following actions are required
|Department Responsibilities||Faculty Member Responsibilities|
|Initial funds request||Identify professional development and potential networking opportunities|
|Facilitate meeting for faculty member with Diversity Affairs||Meet with Office of Diversity Affairs Leadership Team|
|Complete and submit annual DRP report for funds recipients|
Data from the report will be used in the aggregate as part of annual reporting requirements and the institutional LCME report on diversity.
How can the funds be used?
The DRP will provide $25,000 of salary, research, and professional development support for the faculty member for one year only. At least $5,000 must directly benefit the faculty member in the form of professional development. That is, the funds cannot simply be absorbed by the department to offset the salary. Although salary support is an allowable expense, given the demands placed upon underrepresented faculty members, it is essential that these new hires be directly supported in their research or professional development activities.
What happens if the DRP-Supported faculty member leaves?
If a DRP supported faculty member leaves during the year DRP funds are distributed or if the appointment drops to 50% or less, funds will be returned to Diversity Affairs.
How will recipients be selected?
The DRP selection committee (composed of the Associate/Assistant Deans for Diversity Affairs) will review the DRP requests as received and may follow up for additional information from the requesting department chair. If funds are approved, the requesting department chair will receive an award letter with an explanation of funding distribution.