Poder means “power” or “to be able to" in Spanish

BUILDing Biomedical Research POWER

(Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity; Promoting Opportunities for Diversity in Education and Research, $22M, 2014-2019) is a large undergraduate biomedical research training program, 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. Our transformative paradigm, Critical Race Theory, informs many programmatic activities including the student Summer JumpStart program and faculty mentor training.

Under the auspices of the National Institutes of Health's (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 programmatic activities and data to develop a national database of best practices in the Diversity Program Consortium.

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.


CSUN BUILD PODER Mentor Luciana Lagana and Her Students Present Research Posters at the 2018 American Psychological Association Convention in San Francisco

August 20, 2018

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The research posters of several members of the research laboratory of CSUN Prof. Luciana Lagana were presented at the 126th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (APA), which was held August 9-12, 2018, in San Francisco, California. The posters covered timely gerontology topics such as assessment strategies to determine the risk of a fall by older adults and the multiple psychosocial challenges often faced by LGBTQ older individuals. Read more

BUILD PODER Class of 2018 Pursues Exciting Graduate Educational Careers

June 17, 2018

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The BUILD PODER class of 2018 included over 50 students with exciting plans to continue their higher education journey. From post-baccalaureate experiences to masters and Ph.D programs at universities near and far, this group of alumni will reach their next destinations with the support, knowledge and skills that BUILD PODER provided during their undergraduate college careers. Read more


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