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Gilberto Flores presents “BUILD PODER at CSUN” – Oct 3

Transforming undergraduate research training leading to health equity

Gilberto Flores, California State University, Northridge

  • Thursday, October 3
  • 2-3pm in ASB 210
  • Reception in ASB lobby after the lecture, 3-3:45pm


In 2014, the NIH initiated a grand experiment called Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD). The goal of this program is to study innovative approaches to engage and retain students from diverse backgrounds in biomedical research. As one of ten BUILD sites nationally, California State University, Northridge, termed their program PODER, both as an acronym for Promoting Opportunities for Diversity in Education and Research, and for the Spanish meaning of ‘power’ or ‘to be able to’. As we begin year 6 of the experiment, co-director of student training, Gilberto Flores, PhD, will provide an overview of BUILD PODER with emphasis on the student-training program and outcomes to date.


This presentation is co-sponsored by the Center for Science & Mathematics Education and the School of Biological Sciences.