New Assistant Dean for Diversity Enhancement
Reginald Leon Hayes, M.Div., has been named Einstein’s new assistant dean for diversity enhancement. In this role, Mr. Hayes will focus on promoting diversity, equity, and engagement for current and prospective medical students and those in Einstein’s pathway programs. Mr. Hayes began his new role in late January.
Mr. Hayes’ responsibilities will include bolstering Einstein’s pathway program consortium, recruiting diverse medical students, and creating an inclusive environment at Einstein.
“It is an honor both to be back in the Bronx and to join the Einstein community,” said Mr. Hayes, who previously lived and served in a church in the Bronx and participated in a community outreach program in the borough.
Mr. Hayes worked most recently at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), in Washington, D.C., as an associate program officer for the Roundtable on Black Men and Black Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine.
Before joining the roundtable, he worked as an implementation partner for the United States Agency for International Development’s Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research program, focusing on cervical cancer and mortality rates for women.
Mr. Hayes also served as a research analyst for diversity in clinical trials at the National Cancer Institute, where he studied methods to combat medical and science mistrust among historically disadvantaged populations and increase diversity in clinical trials.
A native of Washington, D.C., Mr. Hayes has also worked as a biology and environmental science teacher. A classically trained tenor, Mr. Hayes has performed in many operatic roles.
He earned his bachelor’s degrees from Shaw University and Nyack College, and a master’s in divinity from the Alliance Theological Seminary. In May, he will receive a master’s in business administration from Western Governors University