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HANYS Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Development Scholarships

HANYS is committed to systematically and intentionally closing economic, age, racial, gender, ability and other health gaps in every New York community. Closing these gaps enables individuals to achieve optimal health through the delivery of equitable health services.

As part of HANYS ongoing effort to improve health equity and with support from the Milbank Foundation, we are pleased to offer the following leadership development scholarship opportunities:

Learn more about past recipients’ experiences on HANYS’ blog.


The recipients of the eCornell Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program scholarships will receive complementary tuition, paid directly by HANYS upon completion of enrollment.

Scholarship recipients will be selected based on the merits of eligibility, personal essay and potential impact of the award on the applicant’s career goals. 

All applications will be reviewed by a selection committee of experts in health equity.

Course details

The DEI Certificate includes four two-week courses designed to provide actionable strategies to increase employee engagement, counter unconscious bias and build an inclusive and aware work culture. The program is available 24/7 online, with three to five hours of work and study recommended per week.

Courses topics:

  • Improving engagement
  • Counteracting unconscious bias
  • Diversity and inclusion at work
  • Fostering an inclusive climate

Awardees are expected to start their program before the end 2022. New programs are launched twice each month and the full certificate can be completed within two months.

Start dates:

  • Nov. 23
  • Dec. 7
  • Dec. 21

Additional course details are available on the eCornell website.


To be eligible for a HANYS Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Development Scholarship, an applicant must be a current full-time employee at a HANYS member organization. The eCornell DEI Certificate Program provides base-level training in DEI and is appropriate for staff at all levels of the organization, however, preference is given to applicants with more than one year of experience.

We encourage those individuals from underrepresented populations to apply. For purposes of these

scholarships, “underrepresented populations” are those protected classes that include the following:

  • age;
  • race;
  • national origin;
  • sex, gender identity or expression;
  • sexual orientation; and
  • disability.

How to apply

Complete and submit your online application by Nov. 3.

Note: A required component of the online application is a personal essay (up to 500 words) explaining your personal commitment to health equity, relevant past work in this area, how your participation would contribute to your career goals and how you intend to apply what you learn to improve health equity.


Applications to this scholarship are not offers, and those who respond should not anticipate feedback regarding their submission. HANYS reserves the right not to make an award, based upon the evaluation of all applications by the selection committee.

HANYS will not pay any cost incurred with your application. The information provided relating to the scholarship is subject to change.


Questions should be directed to Christina Miller-Foster, senior director, Quality Advocacy, Research, and Innovation at cfoster@hanys.org.