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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion News & Events

Women's Leadership Summit Addresses Allyship

Allyship was the theme of the second annual Women’s Leadership Summit, a discussion of gender equity in medicine, science and leadership, from the Women in Medicine and Science Committee (WIMSC). WIMSC held the Friday, Dec. 3 event in collaboration with the Offices of Faculty, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, as well as the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program. Read more.

In The News

Leon McCrea, MD, MPH, spoke to The Philadelphia Tribune for a Nov. 8, 2021, story on the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium’s first weekend vaccinating 5- to 11-year-olds. Dr. McCrea was there with his daughter, who was “super excited” to get her vaccine. Read more.

"I’m a First-Gen College Student Who Made It to Medical School"

"I still remember the moment when I told my parents that I had been accepted into medical school, and the look on their faces when I donned my white coat for the first time (albeit over Zoom). They were, and still are, so proud of me and made sure to remind me every chance they got. I remember the feeling of them believing in me and their support before I even began this journey." Read more.

Recent Student Honors

Will Justice, MD program class of 2022, won the 2021 National Medical Fellowship National Alumni Scholarship Award. This scholarship helps address the severe national shortage of physician leaders who are committed to the health of underserved communities. Selected scholars have demonstrated evidence of community service and leadership potential at this phase in their career.

Aderinsola 'Sola' Aderonmu, MD program class of 2023, won the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to a student for their community involvement and dedication to health disparities in medicine.

Peter Liu, MD program class of 2024, received a 2021 Medical Student Research Award from the American College of Gastroenterology. The $5,000 prize is given to fund a medical student's summer research. Peter was also an oral presenter at the 2021 Liver Meeting, held by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases. He presented "Outreach Pilot to Understand and Overcome Barriers to COVID-19 Vaccination in Liver Transplant Recipients."

Congratulations, Will, Sola and Peter!

2021 Discovery Day Winners

On October 21, more than 270 students, residents, fellows and postdoctoral trainees presented their research at Discovery Day. Posters and platform presentations were judged for awards across several categories. View the winners.

Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 2021 Welcome Celebration

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DEI Orientation Schedule 2021

Tuesday, August 3 at SAC Hall Queen Lane

  • 1:15 – 4:00 p.m.: Microaggressions Workshop
    with Dr. Rita Guevara

Wednesday, August 4 at SAC Hall Queen Lane

  • 9:00 – 9:25 a.m.: Where were we? Where are we? Where are we going?
    with Dr. Leon McCrea & Dr. Renell Dupree
  • 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.: Leadership & Alliances Panel (Diversity Panel)
    with Dr. Leon McCrea and faculty & student representatives
  • 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.: 13th Documentary & Chapter 5 - Dominic from Beauty in Breaking
    with Dr. McCrea & OL's & chairs (2 sessions)

Thursday, August 5 at West Reading Campus

  • 10:05 – 10:25 a.m.: Where were we? Where are we? Where are we going?
    with Dr. Leon McCrea
  • 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.: Leadership & Alliances Panel (Diversity Panel)
    with Dr. Leon McCrea & faculty & student representatives
  • 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.: 13th Documentary & Chapter 5 - Dominic from Beauty in Breaking
    with Dr. McCrea & OL's & chairs
  • 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.: Microaggressions Workshop
    with Dr. Rita Guevara & Dr. Yanick Vibert & OL's

CHOP Inaugural Youth Equity Health Summit

Dr. Annette Gadegbeku was the keynote speaker at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Adolescent Initiative's inaugural Youth Equity Health Summit. Watch the video.

Annual Celebration of Diversity Engages, Even in a Virtual Format

Diversity Week 2021 marked the first fully-virtual iteration of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion’s annual event promoting diversity in medical education and in the health care field. MD Program students from different student organizations came together to ensure that the week’s events – from trivia to panel discussions – provided education on diversity and championed equity and inclusion, even without the benefits of in-person participation and conversation. Read more.

Congratulations Dr. Guevara!

We're proud to share that Rita Guevara, MD, an assistant professor of pediatrics and our assistant dean of diversity, equity and inclusion, is one of AL DIA's 2021 Top Doctors. Congratulations, Dr. Guevara! Read more.

Student Organization Brings First-Gen Medical Students Together

A desire to help others, a love of learning, and skills like self-reliance and adaptability have gotten Daniyal Dar where he is today. Dar said he gained those skills along the path to medical school, navigating secondary education as a first-generation college student. Read more.

Congratulations to Dr. Ted Corbin

Dr. Ted Corbin was invited to the Josiah Macy Foundation: Addressing Bias and Reducing Discrimination in Health Professions Learning Environments (Atlanta, Georgia). Dr. Corbin was also invited to the National Academy of Medicine Roundtable on Black Men and Black Women in Science.

Medicine Grand Rounds at Chestnut Hill Hospital

Dr. Annette Gadegbeku gave Medicine Grand Rounds at Chestnut Hill Hospital on “Working to get the Win: Community Medicine to Achieve the Quadruple Aim.”

COVID19 Rapid Response Grant Award for Sonia Navas-Martin and Julio Martin-Garcia

Congratulations to Sonia for the COVID19 Rapid Response Grant Award: SARS-Cov-2 Infection and Sensing in Primary Human Macrophages - Sonia Navas-Martin (CoM), Julio Martin-Garcia (CoM).

Women's Empowerment Summit - March 9, 2020

The 2nd Annual Women’s Empowerment Summit was held on Monday, March 9th, in Behrakis Grand Hall. The event included workshops on Networking, Self-Care and Wellness, and Yoga and Meditation. The Keynote Address was presented by Valerie Gay, the Deputy Director for Audience Engagement and Chief Experience Officer at the Barnes Foundation. The panel discussion featured a conversation with Mother and Daughter Entrepreneurs/Business Leaders, Claudia Timbo of CompanyVoice and Sunny White of Xavier Creative House.

AWIS - Essential Strategies for Negotiating - February 26, 2020

An interactive professional development program led by Ana E. Núñez, MD, at the University of the Sciences.
Location: University of the Sciences

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LGBTQ Health Symposium – February 12, 2020

LGBTQ Health Symposium – February 12, 2020

2020 Diversity Week Calendar of Events

January 27-31, 2020

Monday - 1/27/20

  • 4-6 p.m. - Aud A - Queen Lane Campus
    LGBTQ – Movie & Discussion
  • 6-8 p.m.
    Story & Poetry Slam - Anyone who wishes, can deliver a story or poem based on the topic: Life as a medical student. Each entrant will be given five minutes to present their story/poem. Two winners (determined by applause and three judges) will advance on to the city-wide medical school 3rd Annual StorySlam at the Philadelphia College of Physicians on Monday, May 11, 2020. The submissions of the winners will be published in the next edition of the Tincture. Please RSVP at as an audience member or to share your story/poetry.

Tuesday - 1/28/20

  • 12–1 p.m. - SAC A - Queen Lane Campus
    LMSA – Charla

Wednesday - 1/29/20

  • 11:30–12:30 p.m. - SAC A - Queen Lane Campus
    DMSA - Interfaith Panel - Gain knowledge, empathy, and understanding of diverse religions and how faith can impact patient decisions.
  • 5:30–7:00 p.m. - SAC A - Queen Lane Campus
    AMWA/OB GYN – IPV (Intimate Partner Violence) Workshop - Featuring speaker Sharon Rice, a clinical educator with the WAA clinical education department.

Thursday - 1/30/20

  • 5:30–7:00 p.m. - LAB B - Queen Lane Campus
    Mentorship Workshop with Dr. Leon McCrea

Friday - 1/31/20

  • 6–8 p.m. - SAC Hall - Queen Lane Campus
    Around the World Event - Activities will include: Drag/Makeup (LGBTQ); Flag Quiz (LMSA); Walking in Heels (AMWA); Tinikiling dance (FAMSA); Labeling race for continent of Africa (SNMA); Mystery MRE's (Military Medicine); Sign language (by Nicole); Bachata; Arm knitting.

Latino Medical Student Association Policy Summit - Washington DC - 2019

2019 Latino Medical Student Association Policy Summit - Washington DC

Marysol Encarnacion, MS2 (2nd from left); Alexandra Portugues, MS2 (1st from right)

2019 Annual LGBTQ+ Family and Allies Brunch

October 6, 2019
Annual LGBTQ+ Family and Allies Brunch - October 6, 2019

Congratulations to Princess Ogidi

Congratulations to Drexel Med student Princess Ogidi, who was one of 20 students selected from across the United States to participate in the Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring program!

Princess Ogidi

Congratulations to Princess Ogidi, who was one of 20 students selected from across the United States to participate in the Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring program! The purpose of the program is to increase diversity in the field of ophthalmology by helping medical students who are underrepresented minorities in medicine become competitive ophthalmology residency applicants.

2019 Golden Apple Awards

Issa DiSciullo and Ana Nunez at the 2019 Golden Apple award ceremony.

Issa DiSciullo and Ana Núñez, MD

The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (ODEI) congratulates two of its “Golden Apples” – Lorie Cannon, Academic Coordinator (WHEP) and Issa DiSciullo, Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. ODEI is pleased and honored to have to recipients this year and grateful to have both Lorie and Issa on the team. Thank you for making a huge impact on the student experience and thank you to the students for noticing their hard work, dedication and commitment. The Golden Apple is an annual award given to faculty, staff and residents in recognition of their excellence in teaching and outstanding service to the school and student body. Recipients of these awards are nominated and voted upon by the student body to honor their dedication and commitment.

Drexel Diversity Week 2018 - 'Diversity is...'

2018 Diversity Week Calendar of Events

December 3-7, 2018

Monday, Dec. 3
Kick-off Panel, Legacy Center Exhibit and Canvas Signing

  • 12 – 1 p.m.: AUD B
    "Refugee Health Care and Issues" - Engage with fabulous panelists to learn more about the barriers to health care faced by people who identify as a refugee, an asylum-seeker, or under-insured! We will be inviting speakers from various organizations who are well-equipped with knowledge and resources to help refugee health in Philadelphia!
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  • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Atrium (outside AUD)
    The Legacy Center will present an exhibit related to DUCOM's history of diversity.
  • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Atrium (outside AUD)
    Sign our canvas on what diversity means to you.

Tuesday, Dec. 4
HOP Service Project

  • 12 – 2 p.m.: SAC B
    In collaboration with Diversity Week, HOP hopes to bring the DUCOM community together in service by preparing some packages for the homeless this holiday season. These packages will include PB&J sandwiches, holiday notes, and a mixture of hand sanitizers, lip balm, and generous sock and glove donations from the community. Join us in the assembly and all the fun in SAC B. Note: the sock and glove drive is ongoing through Monday, December 3.

Wednesday, Dec. 5
First Generation Panel

  • 12 – 1 p.m.: SAC
    The "First Generation Panel" will by led by first generation doctors and med students. They will answer students' questions and will discuss their experiences as first generation students and doctors. 18% of the 2021 class and 15% of the 2022 class are the first in their families to go to college.

Wednesday, Dec. 5
AMWA Mixer

  • 6 – 7:30 p.m.: SAC
    Please join us for a speed-dating-style mixer with female physicians from the Philadelphia area! Dinner will be served.

Thursday, Dec. 6
Around the World

  • 6 – 8 p.m.: Upper and Lower SAC
    The "Around The World Event" will allow students to experience different cultures through dance, food, and various fun educational experiences. Each student is given a passport and can participate in events hosted by one of many diverse clubs to collect passport stamps so that they can enjoy cultural food. Events range from dance events such as Bachata (LMSA), Dandyia (SAMSA), and Tinkling (FAMSA) dance lessons to origami folding of 1000 cranes (APAMSA), walking in heels in obstacle course (AMWA), field nutrition and education (Military Medicine), refugee population guess + map (global conflict and medicine), guess where the country is on the map (LMSA), and language learning (SNMA).

Friday, Dec. 7
Culture and Medicine Panel

  • 12 – 1 p.m.: AUD B
    This panel will be talking to medical students about how culture has affected their medical career paths and how they practice medicine. It will involve physician representatives from the South Asian Medical Student Association (SAMSA), the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) and the Filipino American Medical Student Association (FAMSA).

Friday, Dec 7
DUCOM Classical's Winter Recital

  • 6 p.m.: Mandel Theater (Main Campus)
    Please join us for a night of lovely music while supporting your fellow classmates who are performing! There will be free food for all and a free beer and wine (21+) reception as well! We are co-hosting with the Alumni Association, providing wonderful opportunities to connect with some of DUCOM's former attendees and current physicians. Please visit the calendar for more information at

2018 Pennoni Panels Discussion on Diversity and Inclusion

March 1, 2018

About the Video - The significance of diversity has been expressed through the think pieces and research lamenting the lack of representation of various marginalized groups in media and positions of power. But what do we mean by diversity? What is the difference between representation and tokenism? How do we talk about diversity in a more meaningful way, beyond categorization and statistics? This panel seeks to address the significance of diversity, the discourse surrounding diversity, and the ways in which we can address issues of diversity in our respective fields and institutions.

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Ongoing/Annual Events

Big Brother/Sister Picnic

Drexel College of Medicine Student National Medical Association hosted a Bigs/Littles BBQ for Drexel's Graduate Studies students.

The Drexel University College of Medicine Student National Medical Association hosts an annual Big Brother/Sister Picnic for Drexel's Graduate Studies students in the Drexel Pathway to Medical School Program (DPMS) in September on the Queen Lane campus.

Black History Month (February)

Every February, Philadelphia celebrates African-American culture's influence on the city's rich history with special events such as film screenings, art exhibits, history tours and more.

See how Philadelphia celebrated Black History Month in 2016.

Diversity Senior Celebration (formerly known as the Batts Dinner)

In honor of Dr. James Batts, an annual dinner is held during the spring for underrepresented graduating seniors, alumni and faculty. The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion will continue this tradition by holding our Diversity Senior Celebration (formerly known as the Batts Dinner).

Diversity Student Reception

At the start of the academic year, the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion hosts a reception to welcome all students and their families who have self-identified as underrepresented in medicine.

Diversity Welcome Breakfast for Underrepresented in Medicine Students

Diversity Welcome Breakfast for Under-Represented in Medicine Students

The Diversity Welcome Breakfast is held annually for the incoming underrepresented in medicine students during orientation week. The breakfast allows students from the upper classes to welcome first-year students who self-identify as underrepresented in medicine. With the breakfast taking place during orientation week, the event serves as a nice icebreaker for the new students, letting them know that, while they may identify as under-represented, they are not alone at Drexel.

Holiday Event

Each year, there is a holiday event where students from diverse backgrounds can come and socialize together in a relaxed atmosphere.

Latino Heritage Month (September 15 to November 26)

From parades to art exhibits, Philadelphia offers a wide range of activities celebrating Latino art and culture.

See how Philadelphia celebrated Latino Heritage Month in 2016.

LGBT Community & Family Gathering

During the fall, the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion hosts a community & family gathering reception to welcome all first year students and their families who have self-identified as part of the LGBTQ community.

Marion Spencer Fay Award Ceremony, Lecture and Reception

The Marion Spencer Fay Award is presented in honor of Marion Spencer Fay, PhD, dean and president of Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania from 1946 to 1963. The National Board for Women in Medicine established an award in her name in 1963 to recognize her pioneering leadership.

Learn more about the Marion Spencer Fay Award

Martin Luther King Day of Service

The Martin Luther King Day of Service in Philadelphia is the largest MLK event in the country. Thousands of Philadelphians participate all over the region.

Learn about the College of Medicine's 2016 activities.

National Coming Out Day (October 9, 2016)

National Coming Out Day is celebrated in Philadelphia as part of the Outfest, an extensive festival area that includes restaurants, bars and dance parties.

Learn about 2016's Outfest.

National Gay Pride Month (June)

There are Pride celebrations throughout Philadelphia during National Gay Pride Month, including the LGBT Pride Parade and Festival.

Learn about 2016's LGBT Pride Parade and Festival.

Staff Grand Rounds

Staff Ground Rounds is a continuing education series for frontline clinical staff. Each learning session is designed to help attendees sharpen skills, keep up with the changing demands of today’s health care environment, and continue professional growth. All clinical staff are welcome to attend these sessions. Attendance is mandatory for medical assistants, who may earn CE credit for their participation.

See upcoming dates and topics.

Women's History Month (March)

The College of Medicine history includes our heritage as the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania, the first medical school in the world for women. Visit the Doctor or Doctress? website. Explore American history through the stories of women physicians.

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