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BUILD PODER has received the 2020 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the largest and oldest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education. The Inspiring Programs in STEM Award honors colleges and universities that encourage and assist students from underrepresented groups to enter the fields of STEM. Read more..

Welcome to BUILD PODER!

Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) Promoting Opportunities for Diversity in Education and Research (PODER) is a large undergraduate biomedical research training program established in 2014 by a $22 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. Under the auspices of the NIH Diversity Program Consortium (DPC), BUILD PODER is one of ten NIH-funded BUILD sites that train undergraduates to become biomedical researchers. Along with the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) and the Coordination and Evaluation Center (CEC), BUILD sites coordinate their activities and data to develop a national database of best practices.

PODER stands for Promoting Opportunities for Diversity in Education and Research. Poder also means “power” or “to be able to" in Spanish. Through the lens of Critical Race Theory (CRT), we focus on social justice and reducing health disparities in communities. CRT is the basis for many programmatic activities including the student Summer JumpStart program and faculty mentor training. At BUILD PODER, we believe that when we diversify the biomedical workforce, researchers will generate innovative and relevant research questions, methods, and interpretations that will lead to health equity. 

BUILD PODER is sustained by the formation of a new Health Equity Research and Education (HERE) Center that supports 4 cluster-hired faculty members and postdoctoral scholars in engaging undergraduates in biomedical research.

For information on joining BUILD PODER please contact Alina Adamian



BUILD PODER Student Lorena Melendez is selected as EmPOWERED to Serve Scholar

April 8, 2020

Congratulations to BUILD PODER Scholar Lorena Melendez on being selected to join the 2020 EmPOWERED to Serve Scholars, a national program that prepares the next generation of health equity and social justice leaders! Read more..


CSUN Conference On Community - Collaborating For Change

February 13, 2020

mini collaboration for change flyers 2020

We are excited to invite you to join us at the CSUN Conference on Community-Academic Partnerships: Collaborating for Change! This is a collaborated effort to bring together CSUN faculty and scholars who have been working on projects with the community or are interested in getting involved. Whether you want to learn about ongoing community projects, find research opportunities, or just to network with others, this event is for you. #CSUNcollaboratingforchange2020 Read more


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