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Our Commitment to Excellence Through Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Why Diversity Matters

Excellence in medical education, clinical care and research are attained through our diversity of students, residents, fellows, faculty and staff. At Drexel University College of Medicine, having a diverse, equitable, inclusive environment is core to who we are. We engage in diverse experiences which address health inequities in an inclusive environment. These experiences occur in an array of settings, from attending at a homeless clinic, to helping a woman and her children who are victims of domestic violence, to conducting clinical research to decode the ‘why’ of health equity in outcome. This work ultimately results in helping tomorrow’s Drexel doctors and researchers to be superb in health care delivery and to lead the charge of innovation in the science of medicine.

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Black Lives Matter

We condemn violence against Black people, and we stand in opposition to racism, prejudice and hatred. We are committed to antiracism and we are taking direct, ongoing steps to foster an environment of opportunity for everyone.

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Learn more about the work we are doing to help create a future of equity and inclusion for all.

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The nation and our Drexel University College of Medicine community are once again saddened and outraged that another Black man is the victim of excessive police violence. On August 23, 2020, Jacob Blake was shot multiple times in the back by police in Wisconsin, in front of his three sons as they sat in the back of his car.

The College of Medicine condemns violence against the Black community, finding this and recent events intolerable. We, at the College of Medicine, absolutely believe that Black lives matter and are steadfast in our commitment to anti-racism, diversity, equity and inclusion.

This propagation of a history of implicit and explicit bias and institutionalized racism, in which violence against the Black community, particularly Black men, is pervasive, and is a public health crisis that impacts every social determinate of health. It permeates all aspects of life, including the basic right to bodily autonomy and safety.

The medical community has specifically had a difficult history inextricably intertwined with racism; we have much to atone for. Thus, we have much work to do. It is imperative that we remain unwavering in our work toward anti-racism, and advocate for systemic, effective change within our organization and community. As a community of compassionate educators, physicians, researchers, professional staff and students, we must continue to find ways to improve racial and social equity.

We must work together to dismantle racism and eliminate all forms of bias.

It is imperative that physicians, biomedical scientists, health educators and future physicians be heard. We ask you to become involved with our Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in our mission to create opportunity for all, as we strive to truly attain an equitable, inclusive environment at the College of Medicine and in the communities that we serve.

Please feel free to email or call 215.991.8450, to learn more about our office and explore ways to get involved.

Diversity News & Events

Advancing DEIJ Through Collaboration and Bravery

November 30, 2022
12 - 1 p.m.: seminar
1 - 1:30 p.m.: roundtable discussion with faculty and students
Speaker: Alvaro Tori, MD, associate dean for diversity affairs, Indiana University School of Medicine; medical director of respiratory care and associate professor of clinical pediatrics in the division of pediatric critical care medicine at Riley Hospital at IU Health; member of the LGBTQ+ community
RSVP: Bernadette Campoli at

AWIS Meridian Award 2022

Roshell Muir, PhD, a postdoctoral researcher in infectious diseases and HIV medicine, is a recipient of the annual Association for Women in Science (AWIS) Meridian 2022 Award, which recognizes mid-career STEM professionals who are strong leaders and innovative thinkers, and who are committed to inclusivity, diversity, equity and accessibility. Dr. Muir was nominated for this award by Michele Kutzler, PhD, associate dean for faculty, professor of medicine and microbiology and immunology, and Drs. Ellie Cantor and Eleanor Brown, who sit on the Executive Board of AWIS-Philadelphia (PHL). Dr. Muir is actively involved with AWIS-PHL, and currently serves as president-elect of the chapter, where she has held multiple leadership positions on the Executive Board for the past four years. Read more.

The End of Roe and the Future of Reproductive Health Justice

Tuesday, October 25, 2022
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Online Event - RSVP Required

The impact of the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey at the end of its last term has been broad and, in most cases, catastrophoc for patients and providers. As we forge a path forward without a federally protected right to abortion, it's critical to understand the implications of our current legal landscape for a wide swath of reproductive health services ranging from abortion to contraception to infertility treatment. Learn more.

Harriet Cole: The Student Perspective

On our way to the anatomy lab that first day we passed by the alabaster filaments of tissue comprising “Harriet,” the intact nervous system of Harriet Cole, a Black Philadelphia woman who, according to our tour guide, purportedly donated her body to one of Drexel’s predecessor institutions over 100 years ago. Her display hangs 5 feet from the fridge where students keep their lunches, just past the gym and the ping-pong tables of the student center on the Queen Lane medical campus. Harriet’s presence is a meaningful part of our school’s history, and yet her introduction to the student body was paltry at best. Read more.

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 though October 15 and recognizes the contributions of Hispanic/Latinx-Americans to the history and culture of the United States. The DUCOM LMSA chapter invites you to celebrate with us by participating in our upcoming events! Learn more.

Drexel Alum Sharrón Manuel on the Impact of Anti-abortion Laws on Health Care Workers

September 1, 2021, just a typical Wednesday morning, I woke up doing my usual routine and preparing to head into work to see patients in my general OB-GYN clinic in Texas. I later learned of the devastating news of Senate Bill 8. I was immediately angered and concerned about my patients’ well-being. Not only was this law taking away our personal rights, but it was placing many patients in danger for various reasons. Thoughts and questions raced through my head: “How can I appropriately counsel my patients without putting myself or my license at risk?” “What about my patients that have a medical indication for an abortion?” Read more.

Women in Medicine Month

Being a woman in medicine means different things to different people. For some, it means finding their own niche in a historically male-dominated field. For others, it means providing comfort and care to other women in their most desperate times of need. For most, it means being able to inspire future generations to pursue whatever they dream of, free of the shackles of labels, discouragement and doubt. (WHEP Blog) Read more.

Message From a Student: Protecting Our Community During the Monkeypox Outbreak

You may have heard about the current monkeypox outbreak in the United States and around the globe. This current outbreak is hitting the LGBTQ+ community particularly hard. It is important to stress that this is not a “gay” disease; though the outbreak is primarily affecting LGBTQ+ populations, anyone can become infected with monkeypox. We have already seen monkeypox infections in multiple children. Read more.

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Diversity Statement

Drexel University College of Medicine, in the tradition of our predecessor schools, Woman's Medical College and Hahnemann Medical College, recruits and supports a diverse medical school faculty, professional staff and student body.

  • It is only with a commitment to diversity that the mission and vision of the College can be realized.
  • Each individual and her/his ideas have value and contribute positively to the mission and vision of the College.
  • Learning with a diverse faculty and student body enhances critical thinking and the educational experience.
  • Students who learn in a diverse environment are better prepared to provide the highest level of professionalism, innovation and creativity to all aspects of patient care, education and research.
  • Our definition of diversity comprises characteristics that include but are not limited to race; color; religion; gender; sexual orientation, identity and expression; national origin; age; disability; veteran status; and education or economic disadvantage.

Drexel University College of Medicine is firmly committed to producing a diverse population of physicians and scientists. Supported by the Mission and Vision Statements of the College of Medicine, the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion provides support to all students and student groups regardless of:

  • Race or national origin
  • Color
  • Religion
  • Gender
  • Sexual orientation, identity, and expression
  • Age
  • Disability
  • Veteran status
  • Education or economic disadvantage

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