Towards a Culture of Inclusion

The Diversity Office at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

by Lisa M. McBride, PhD, chief diversity officer

The Diversity Office at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine was established in March 2013. The
service-oriented office is dedicated to:

The creation of the Diversity Office is the first step in modernizing and enhancing PCOM’s diversity and equal opportunity programs. While the College will continue to build a strong and independent compliance system that ensures that employees and students are free from discrimination, the new approach also will promote efforts that build connections among people that enriches the educational experience and strengthens the workplace.

The Diversity Office is staffed by Lisa M. McBride, PhD, chief diversity officer, and Alisha L. Carter, MS, program coordinator.

Dr. McBride, a St. Louis native, was sought by PCOM for her extensive knowledge and experience in the areas of diversity, inclusion and equal opportunity. She previously served as special assistant to the president for equity and diversity and university ombudsperson at California University of Pennsylvania. Dr. McBride began her career as a police officer with the St. Louis Police Department in Missouri, and then transitioned to a federal criminal investigator, including work as an overseas undercover operative in several countries. She is experienced as an impartial dispute resolution practitioner. Dr. McBride earned her doctor of philosophy degree in conflict analysis and resolution from Nova Southeastern University and her master of science and bachelor of science degrees in criminology from Indiana State University. Her goals for PCOM are to work to enhance cultural competency skills for students, assess how the College provides care to diverse populations in culturally competent ways and seek means to increase the number of underrepresented students.

In July 2013, Dr. McBride was joined by Ms. Carter, who arrived from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education where she served in the Office of Diversity, Equity and Compliance in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Ms. Carter is experienced with institutional compliance, faculty and student recruitment efforts, employment training programs, multicultural programming and employment grievance investigations. She holds certifications as a Title IX investigator and grant writer fellow and in HIPAA compliance. Ms. Carter has a bachelor of science degree in justice studies and a master of science degree in legal studies from California University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Carter will be responsible for coordinating PCOM’s Title IX and the Campus SaVE Act program, working with student government organizations in planning diversity/cultural awareness events, and coordinating compliance efforts.

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