Mission Statement

As part of the Simons Foundation mission to promote excellence in science, we are committed to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion across the foundation and the broader scientific community.

What We Believe

Diversity promotes innovation and excellence in science.

DEI Vision for Success

Barriers are removed and pathways are created that lead to greater diversity in staff and grant-making programs.

Strategic Areas of Focus



Goal Increase diversity of staff that is reflective of the community where we live and work.

Measure of Success Increased diversity in staff that is reflective of the New York City labor market and the national scientific workforce.



Goal Expand a culture of inclusion and belonging.

Measure of Success Increased intercultural competence among leadership and managers.



Goal Expand grantmaking and mentorship at all stages of the STEM pathway.

Measure of Success Increased diversity among grantees and increased number of women, Black, Indigenous, and Latine students who earn Ph.D.s in math and science.

Outreach and Education


Goal Increase grantmaking and outreach to diverse communities.

Measure of Success Increased grantmaking and engagement with organizations that serve diverse communities.

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