BUILD PODER

BUILD PODER

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.

Why PODER? 
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.

 
Spotlights

Spring 2018 Honor Roll

September 23, 2018

honor roll

Congratulations to BUILD PODER Scholars and Trainees who not only completed the rigors of their research, but also went above and beyond in their academic excellence.  Read more

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

Photo of CSUN professor Luciana Lagana (center) with her students

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

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