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Professional Skills Archive 2020-2021

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Professional Skills Archive 2020-2021

The Graduate College offers a wide variety of programming fostering development of essential skills, both for personal and professional life. Example skills include communication, conflict resolution, relationship management, building resilience, diversity and inclusion, academic writing and presentations, library resources and research tools, information security, and more. The workshops are facilitated by faculty and professional staff from around the University and encourage attendees to engage in discussion and further exploration of the topic.

Winter Quarter & Spring Semester 2021

NIH Resilience Training Program (Starts January 26 - May 19, 2021)

The Graduate College and Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and Professional Development invite graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to participate in a virtual resilience and professional skills training program in collaboration with the NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education.

Using ORCID to Manage Your Scholarly Identity

Janice Masud-PaulWith Janice Masud-Paul, LDN, RD, MLIS, MPH, Librarian, Health Sciences

Thursday, February 11, 2021
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. EST
Virtual via Zoom

This webinar is being offered in conjunction with Drexel University Libraries.

​Description: ​An Open Researcher and Contributor ID, or ORCID iD, is a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher. It is like a social security number for research—it follows you along even if you change your name or your institution and ensures that you get recognition for all your research contributions, including publications, grants, peer review, and even your thesis or dissertation. Did you know that some publishers even require you to register with the ORCID ID before you can submit your publication or signup as a peer reviewer?

During this webinar with Drexel's expert librarians, you will learn what an ORCID iD is and how you can create and curate your own profile, as well as tips and tricks for easily keeping your ORCID up to date as your research advances.

Who should attend? Drexel faculty, researchers in all stages in their careers, postdocs, and graduate students.

If you can’t attend the live webinar, don't worry! We will provide a link to the webinar recording following the event. Be sure to register in advance below.

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Working Through Social Identities Towards Empathy and Inclusion

Patience Ajoff-FosterWith Patience Ajoff-Foster, MS, CDP, Executive Director for Diversity and Inclusive Culture

Tuesday, February 16, 2021
12:00 - 2:00 p.m. EST
Virtual via Zoom

Description: Join us for an important discussion on Working Through Social Identities Toward Empathy and Inclusion in partnership with the Office of Equality and Diversity. This interactive and engaging workshop can benefit anyone working as part of a group or a team, including those working in or preparing for careers in academia or industry, and is an important aspect of personal and professional development.

This workshop aims to explore the interplay between individuals' unique social identities and others as part of a team and any campus group. Activities will focus on personal/interpersonal education and self-awareness, and will explore topics on dimensions of identity, continuum of racial identity development, bias, microaggressions, etc. We will use scenarios and other activities to identify how these emerge in our interactions with each other. Participants will engage in activities that enhance empathy and inclusion.

Facilitator Bio: As of August 2020, The Office of Equality and Diversity (OED) announced the newest addition to their team, Patience Ajoff-Foster, who has been appointed Drexel's new Executive Director of Diversity and Inclusive Culture. Foster is responsible for assisting in the development and delivery of the University's diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) strategy. As we continue to cultivate diversity and an inclusive culture, Ajoff-Foster facilitates engagement and collaboration with the administration, students, faculty, professional staff and other key stakeholders, providing thoughtful leadership and guidance to help align goals and strategies. She serves as an integral part of Drexel's strategy to improve diversity and inclusion results, operationalize the link between diversity and excellence with measures for accountability, and grow and sustain inclusion efforts.

Ajoff-Foster, who currently serves as co-chair of the Faculty Recruitment and Retention Committee of the Anti-Racism Task Force, is a long-time Dragon who joins OED from the Office of Faculty Affairs, where she most recently served as the Director of Faculty Development and Diversity. In this role, Ajoff-Foster maintained a professional development portfolio that included career and leadership programming throughout the faculty lifecycle. She also led initiatives and educational programming in diversity, equity and inclusion, often in partnership with stakeholders across the university.

Ajoff-Foster is fluent in five languages and has extensive professional experience working with diverse groups across three continents, including the creation of learning and development programs on a variety of topics. She earned her Master of Science in Nonprofit/NGO Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania, Bachelor of Science in Social and Behavioral Science from Knoxville College, Graduate Certificate in Student Development and Affairs from Drexel University, and is a certified diversity professional. Ajoff-Foster is currently a PhD candidate in Organizational Development at Cabrini University.

This session has concluded.

Be sure to also visit the OED website for additional workshops and discussions around diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, as well as a list of Black History Month events.

abstract people in masksCOVID-19 and Structural Racism: The Impact on People of Color in Academic Medicine

With Rita Guevara, MDAssistant Dean of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, College of Medicine Annette Gadegbeku, MD, Assistant Dean of Community Health, Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Associate Professor, Department of Family, Community & Preventive Medicine, College of Medicine 


Thursday, March 4, 2021 
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. ET 
Virtual via Zoom  


Description In this session, we will examine the interplay between structural racism and the COVID-19 pandemic and their impact on People of Color in academic medicine, including those in leadership positions. 


The objectives of this session are to:

  1. Explore factors that affect People of Color in academic medicine, specifically during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. Identify barriers to professional advancement for People and Women of Color.
  3. Discuss the impact of racism, bias, & microaggressions on People of Color in academic medicine.
  4. Highlight strategies to support People of Color in their professional advancement in academic medicine.

Presenter Bios:


Rita Guevara, MD 
Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion 
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics 
College of Medicine 


Rita Guevara, MD, is an assistant professor of pediatrics and assistant dean of diversity, equity and inclusion at Drexel University College of Medicine. As assistant dean, she collaborates on all efforts of the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, including recruitment, enrollment, community-building and stakeholder events. In her position, Dr. Guevara will also focus on specific projects involving the pipeline mentorship program, educational grant preparation and quality improvement of programming. In addition, she represents and promotes awareness of the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in collaborating with members of the College and University communities. 


 An alumna of the College of Medicine (Drexel Pathway to Medical School or DPMS program), Guevara is an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics and serves as Director of Health Equity at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. She is also a certified, proficient bilingual provider in Spanish and has advocated for certification of fellow providers in the clinic to ensure they all provide the highest quality of patient care in families’ preferred languages. She works to ensure quality care for culturally and linguistically diverse families and provides education on language access and culturally effective care for medical trainees and faculty. She has given lectures and workshops at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Drexel University College of Medicine, and the greater Tower Health network on topics of interpreter utilization, effective communication with diverse patient populations, cultural humility, and culturally effective pediatric care. 


Annette Gadegbeku, MD 
Assistant Dean of Community Health, Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion 
Associate Professor, Department of Family, Community & Preventive Medicine 
College of Medicine 


In this administrative role, Gadegbeku works to establish local partnerships to promote urban health equity in collaboration with the University. She is involved in education through curricular support and training in diversity, inclusion and anti-racism. She engages students and faculty in health equity–related scholarship and service and collaborates on community stakeholders’ events. Gadegbeku is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family, Community & Preventive Medicine. She is also Chief of the Division of Community Health and Associate Program Director of the Drexel/Tower Health Family Medicine Residency. Gadegbeku received her bachelor’s degree in Biology at Brown University, obtained her medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine, and completed her Family Medicine Residency training at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. After residency, she was recruited as faculty in the Montgomery Family Practice Residency Program, then later appointed faculty at the Drexel University College of Medicine in 2009. Her academic interests include urban and underserved community medicine, adolescent medicine, women’s health and global health. Gadegbeku has a passion for underserved, marginalized, vulnerable, and at-risk populations with a focus in harm reduction. She has implemented longitudinal curricula for Community Health, Refugee Health, Addiction Medicine, and trauma-informed care and has implemented multiple community outreach programs at various sites in Philadelphia. She is a Community Preceptor and Clinical Faculty Advisor overseeing all the College of Medicine’s Health Outreach Projects (H.O.P.) programs. She primarily cares for patients at the Drexel-Tower Health Family Medicine at Broad Street office, where she is the Medical Director and specializes in primary care for all ages. 


Registration: Click the link below to register in advance. You will receive an email with the link to access the live Zoom session.


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Please refer to the Graduate College websiteOffice of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the College of Medicine website or Drexel's Office of Equality and Diversity (OED) website for future workshops, programs and events.


Spring Quarter 2021

Problem Solving with Mentors: How and When to Ask for Help - A Panel Discussion

woman talking to man with a binder open With Kirk Heilbrun, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Drexel Ombudsperson

And Anne Converse Willkomm, MFA, Assistant Dean of the Graduate College and Assistant Clinical Professor and Department Head in the Goodwin College of Professional Studies

Marisol Rodriguez-Mergenthal, MBA, Director, Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LS-AMP), Bridge to the Doctorate, Student Life, Enrollment Management and Student Success

Lindsay Kenney, J.D., Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Equal Opportunity & Title IX Investigator, Office of Equality and Diversity

Thursday, April 8, 2021
12 - 1 p.m. EDT

DescriptionLike any relationship, the relationship with your faculty mentor/supervisor/PI can be difficult to navigate, especially at key times during your graduate study and research journey. Join us for a panel discussion with representatives from different University student support offices to discuss approaches, tactics, and how and when to ask for help in managing relationships with your faculty mentor and other personnel.

We encourage you to submit your anonymous questions in advance through the Qualtrics survey linked below. We will do our best to address all questions. There will also be additional opportunities for live Q&A, if time.

Submit Anonymous Questions in Advance Here [Qualtrics]

More about Drexel's Ombudsperson

Check out a recent interview with Dr. Heilbrun in DrexelNow!

Due to the nature of this discussion, the session will NOT be recorded or archived for later viewing. 

Please refer to the Graduate College website or Drexel's Office of Equality and Diversity (OED) website for future workshops, programs and events.

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If you have a disability and would like to request accommodations, please contact Disability Resources at 215.895.1401 or We greatly appreciate 72 hours of advance notice for these requests.

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