Welcome to Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD)

Xavier University was chosen as one of ten Colleges and Universities to receive a Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) award. These awards are part of a larger initiative by the NIH: Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-funded workforce. Xavier University has developed a program called Project PATHWAYS, which includes several components targeting students, faculty, and several non-academic centers on campus.

Building Integrated Pathways to Independence for Diverse Biomedical Researchers

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Visit the XULA BUILD Project Pathways YouTube channel to view research being conducted by faculty mentors.  

BUILD Testimonials from Students and Alumni


The NIH has recently released this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for institutions that are interested in taking the Diversity Program Consortium (DPC) scientific approach to understanding the effectiveness of biomedical research training, mentoring, or research capacity-building interventions aimed at enhancing diversity in the biomedical research workforce. This FOA solicits applications from institutions not currently part of the Common Fund Enhancing Diversity in the Biomedical Research Workforce initiative, also known as the DPC, to expand the program's national impact. As Xavier University of Louisiana (Xavier) is a member of the DPC, the initiatives developed under Project Pathways, the BUILD (Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity) program at Xavier, can be disseminated to other eligible institutions under this new funding mechanism. 


DPC Dissemination and Translation Awards (DPC DaTA): This initiative provides an opportunity for institutions not currently part of the DPC to apply for funding to take a rigorous scientific approach to understand the effectiveness of a biomedical research training, mentoring, or research capacity building intervention by employing DPC experimental methods. (RFA-RM-19-003

 Please contact Dr. Maryam Foroozesh (mforooze@xcslscl.com) if you are interested in such collaborations.  



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