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Diversity Week

Diversity Week 2023

See Diversity Week 2023: Around the World Photos on Facebook

Monday, February 13, 2023

Black Women in Leadership Panel
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

A panel discussion exploring the intersectional experience of black women physicians and their journeys to leadership. We will have three distinguished panelists: Crystal A. Gadegbeku, MD – Chair, Department of Nephrology, Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute, Cleveland Clinic; Marisa Rogers, MD, MPH – Executive Medical Director, Atlantic Division - Oak Street Health; and Nikkisha P. McCrea, MD – Director of Medical Services, Horsham Clinic. We will be raffling off a $15 Amazon Gift Card to students who attend this event! Hosted by Black Women in Medicine.

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Chai & Chat
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Queen Lane Lower Sac

Looking for something to spice up your Valentine’s Day? Chai is the perfect way to send some love to yourself and others. Order ahead and join SAMSA on Tuesday 2/14 for the most delicious way to end your winter! Order here:

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Paint Your Flag
12:00 – 1:30 p.m. -- West Reading 3rd Fl. lounge
4:00 – 5:30 p.m. -- Queen Lane Lab B

Passionate about repping your flag? (and painting?) As part of DUCOM's diversity week celebrations, ODEI is excited to host a painting event where students can come together to create artwork that is unique to their nationality, culture or identity. Through this fun and de-stressing activity, we hope to highlight the colorful student body at DUCOM and advocate for the importance of diversity. Students will be able to enjoy delicious food and music - AND have their artwork displayed at Around The World.

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Community Service with HOP
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Queen Lane SAC

Have you been looking for a way to do community service without leaving campus? If so, please join HOP in assembling toiletry and snack kits to be donated to individuals experiencing homelessness in the Philadelphia area. This will be a fun and laid back opportunity to bond with your fellow classmates while giving back to the local community.

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Bachata & Cumbia Dance Class
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
West Reading Fitness Center

Do you have two left feet? Or are you a dance extraordinaire? Either way, grab a friend and come join us for a night of dancing! Learn about the rich Latinx cultures through dance at the Bachata & Cumbia Dance Class. We guarantee you will be shuffling, moving and grooving with a perfect 3-step by the end of the night. Presented by LMSA.

Thursday, February 16, 2023

Around the World
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Queen Lane SAC

ODEI is proud to present our 2nd annual "Around the World" event! Come out to meet all of DUCOM's multicultural and diverse identity student groups where you can learn about different cultures and identities through games, activities and crafts, and receive snack/gift tokens from each group. Get enough table stamps signed on your entrance passport and you will receive a free, delicious international dinner featuring food samples from a diverse array of different countries. Take pictures at our photobooth, dance to the music, and have a great time with us!

Friday, February 17, 2023

Community Service at Centro Hispano
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Centro Hispano West Reading

Start off your Friday morning off right by volunteering with your fellow classmates at Centro Hispano! Join us in providing meals for the Latinx residents of Greater Reading while getting to know more about them and their experiences.

Friday, February 17, 2023

Afrobeats Dance Class
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Queen Lane SAC

Have you been hearing Afrobeats everywhere you go lately? Ever wanted to learn how to do all the cool dance moves that go with those amazing songs? Well then, take a study break and grab your friends to join DAMSA and @AfroBeatsDancePhilly for a dance class to popular afrobeats songs! No experience necessary. Refreshments will be provided.

Diversity Week 2022

The Drexel University College of Medicine community celebrated Diversity Week from February 21 through 25, 2022. Events included: Skin of Color Presentation by Dr. Alaina James; Chai & Chat Fundraiser; Seizure Recognition & First Aid Course; Goodie Bag Creations for Donations; Physician Networking; Around the World; Share Your Story, Mural Event; and Paint N' Sip.

 View Photos: 2022 Diversity Week - Around the World

Monday, February 21, 2022

Skin of Color Presentation by Dr. Alaina James
5 – 6 p.m.

Dr. Alaina James is a board-certified dermatologist who completed her dermatology residency at the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in skin of color, and currently serves as an assistant professor in the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Dermatology. She is also the founder of Mobile Derm, a community outreach initiative that works to ensure access to dermatology services to under-served local and rural communities. Dr. James has dedicated her career to addressing and alleviating the disparities that exist in skin health and we are very proud to have her speak to our student body. We will be raffling off 10 $10 Amazon Gift Cards and 6 $25 Amazon Gift Cards to students who attend this event! Hosted by Dermatology Interest Group.

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Chai & Chat Fundraiser
10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Lower SAC
Pre-order Link:

Missed the Valentine's Day deadline to send something sweet? Running out of those delicious chocolates and gifts? Or do you just want a delicious cup of chai to spice up your day? Chai is the perfect and evergreen way to send even more love to yourself and others. Order ahead and join us on Tuesday for the most delicious way to end your winter! All proceeds will be donated to NSC's Aid for the Afghanistan Refugee Crisis. Hosted by SAMSA

2/10: Order Form Opens
2/20: Last Day to Submit Orders
2/22: Join us outside the Lower SAC to receive your Chai!

Seizure Recognition & First Aid Course
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

This training will present an overview of seizure types, the administration of proper seizure first aid, the latest medical treatments and devices, unique challenges faced by those diagnosed with epilepsy, and information about seizure action and hospital plans. A certificate of completion and epilepsy resources will be emailed to all attendees after the training. Presented by American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (DUCOM AADMD) & Local Epilepsy Organization.

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Goodie Bag Creations for Donations!
1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Take a study break and help your fellow classmates make some goodie bags to be donated to people dealing with homelessness! Insomnia cookies will be provided! Presented by HOP.

Physician Networking, "Speed Dating"
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

This is going to be a speed-dating style event that allows DUCOM students to network and get to know diverse physicians in different specialties and paths of life! This is a great opportunity to form relationships with physicians from the Philadelphia area that can lead to shadowing and research experiences. Amazon gift card raffels & bingo will be given out to all those who attend!

Thursday, February 24, 2022

Around the World
6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Join DUCOM's Diverse Student Groups for a night of fun, where you'll learn about different cultures, play games, and try foods from all around the world. There will be a DJ, free dinner to go, prizes, and so much more!

Friday, February 25, 2022

Share Your Story, Mural Event
12 – 3 p.m.

Passionate about celebrating diversity? (and cookies?) Drop by SAC Hall anytime from 12-3 p.m. on your way in/out of class to be a part of our DUCOM Mural! To start off the final day of Diversity Week, you can write down what diversity means to you, why is it important, how it helped you get here... or anything you want! We'll take a picture of you with your story and combine them all to make a collage representing the beautiful community that makes DUCOM so great! We can't wait to see your beautiful faces there! OH! And everyone who participates will receive a FREE Insomnia cookie!

Paint N' Sip
5 – 7 p.m.
QL Lab B

Last but not least... end Diversity Week with a bang! Grab a partner (or make a new friend!!!) and create a beautiful masterpiece with SNMA. Paint, canvases and take-home beverages will be provided! Presented by the Student National Medical Association.

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Diversity Week 2021

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.

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Diversity Week 2020

2020 Diversity Week Calendar of Events

 2020 Diversity Week

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.

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Diversity Week 2018

2018 Diversity Week Calendar of Events

 2018 Diversity Week

December 3-7, 2018

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

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

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