JAX Endowment for Diversity Initiatives

Supporting our inclusive culture.

JAX Endowment for Diversity Initiatives

The JAX Endowment for Diversity Initiatives advances JAX’s reputation as a place where individuals across the organization — trainees, faculty, researchers and staff — feel valued, included and empowered to do their best work.

Created in 2022 through a generous philanthropic gift, the fund provides access to specialized mentorship for trainees from communities and populations that are underrepresented in science, and by helping to create an inclusive culture that embraces and celebrates each person’s unique contribution to JAX’s mission.

To help build a pipeline of diverse scientists, the endowment also provide resources for key programs including:

  • The Summer Student Program (SSP), in which each year 40-50% of trainees identify as a member of an underrepresented population.
  • The Postbaccalaureate Fellows Program established in 2017 to offer mentored research experiences for underrepresented college graduates who aspire to pursue their M.D./Ph.D.
  • JAX’s Postdoctoral Associates training program, with the goal of increasing the number of postdoctoral-level researchers from diverse backgrounds and identities.
  • The Visiting Scientist Program, which brings visiting scientists from underrepresented populations to JAX for collaborative research opportunities.

To join the effort or to learn more about how you can support DEI at JAX, please visit our Giving page.