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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion News & Events

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.


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!
    RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/
  • 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 https://drexel.edu/medicine/news-events/events/.

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.


News/In the Media

Celebrating Our Early Black Physicians
On July 30, 2017, Ana E. Núñez, MD, presented "Celebrating Our Early Black Physicians" at the National Medical Association's 115th Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly. Download presentation [PPT]

Dean's Message: Something to Celebrate
Pulse (Summer 2017)

Recognize, Appreciate and Tame Unconscious Bias
Pulse (Summer 2017)

Q&A: Ana Núñez, MD, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Drexel University College of Medicine Alumni Magazine (Spring/Summer 2017)

More News/In the Media


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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