GOLDEN: Genetics Opportunities, Learning, Development, and Empowerment Network

The Genetics Opportunities, Learning, Development, and Empowerment Network (GOLDEN) is dedicated to increasing the awareness of genetic counseling among Black students, primarily at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). For prospective genetic counselors, GOLDEN also provides mentorship throughout the graduate school application process.

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Why is it important to have Genetic Counselors (GC) from diverse backgrounds?

  • GCs are needed who understand the culture, speak the language, and are trusted by traditionally underserved and exploited communities
  • GCs whose racial and ethnic background is similar to that of the patient are more likely to present information in a culturally sensitive and appropriate manner
  • Diversity leads to decreased health disparities and improves outcomes for minority patients

Learn More about Genetic Counseling: Not sure if a career in genetic counseling is for you? This is part one of an hour-long video hosted by GOLDEN, featuring seven practicing genetic counselors sharing their experiences with a prospective genetic counselor. They cover topics such as their daily work life, their dedication to addressing issues regarding health disparities and diversity amongst their patients and their colleagues, and words of wisdom for those on the path of being a genetic counselor.

GOLDEN also has a Being a Genetic Counselor Career Video Series highlighting GCs contributions to the community:

Recruitment: GOLDEN frequently gives career presentations to various HBCU undergraduate classes and interest groups. We currently work with:

  • Howard University
  • Morgan State University
  • Norfolk State University
  • Hampton University

If you would like us to visit your school, please email

Explore other genetics resources for patients and families: Patients & Families | NYMAC (

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