MARCINE PICKRON-DAVIS, PHD
Chief Diversity and Community Relations Officer
Marcine Pickron-Davis, PhD, joined Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM)
in 2017 and serves as the Chief Diversity and Community Relations Officer. She is
charged with providing the vision, leadership and execution of diversity, inclusion and community partnerships across the College's three locations.
At PCOM, Dr. Pickron-Davis has focused her work on advancing the institution's goals
for embracing diversity and inclusion into the culture of the College. This work includes
leading the College's stakeholders in the creation of the 2025 institutional Diversity,
Equity and Inclusion strategic plan, spearheading initiatives that introduce faculty,
staff and students to LGBT-inclusive healthcare, cultivating a network of strategic
partners and collaborators around health equity and community outreach, and providing
leadership to the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine constituent
groups in their efforts to promote, broaden and improve osteopathic medical education
and the profession. Dr. Pickron-Davis lectures at the medical school on Implicit Bias
in Medicine, Navigating Microaggressions in Medicine and teaches a course on Health
Equity and Social Justice. She is also a lecturer for the osteopathic medical school and teaches Health Equity and Social Justice and Implicit Bias In Medicine.
Prior to her arrival at PCOM, Dr. Pickron-Davis served as the inaugural Chief Community
Engagement and Diversity Officer at Widener University from 2003 through 2016. In
this position, she served as a strategic leader to advance the university's commitment
to access, equity, diversity and inclusion. During her tenure, she raised Widener's
civic engagement profile among the national higher education community, implemented
civic engagement initiatives resulting in sustainable partnerships between the university
and the Chester community; and led the development of innovative programs and initiatives
to promote a culture of inclusion. Dr. Pickron-Davis' accomplishments resulted in
institutional and cultural change in policies and practices at Widener University.
Among her experiences in higher education, Dr. Pickron-Davis has served on Middle
States Accreditation Evaluation teams for several institutions and as a peer reviewer
for the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement. She also has held faculty
appointments in Social Work and Education at Widener, University of Pennsylvania and
Cabrini University and has taught courses on multicultural education, intercultural
communication and community development.
Dr. Pickron-Davis is a member of the National Association of Diversity Officers in
Higher Education, the Forum of Executive Women, the Association of Black Women in
Higher Education, the National Association of Health Services Executives and Alpha
Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Dr. Pickron-Davis is a strong advocate for civic engagement and currently serves on
the Boards of Darlington Arts Center, Together for West Philadelphia, the Philadelphia
Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development (PHENND) and Methodist-Inglis
Gardens Collaborative. She is Chair of the Pennsylvania Diversity Council and Vice-Chair
of Blacks Educating Blacks About Sexual Health Issues (BEBASHI), She recently served
as co-chair of the inaugural Council on Diversity and Equity for the American Association
of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine.
In July 2023, Dr. Pickron-Davis was recognized by the Philadelphia Business Journal
as a top diverse business leader. She was also honored in June 2021 as an LGBTQ+ Ally
by the National Diversity Council. In May 2021, Dr. Pickron-Davis was honored by the
Philadelphia Tribune as a “Woman of Achievement” award. In 2005, Dr. Pickron-Davis
was honored with the Helen C. Bailey Outstanding Alumnus Award from the University
of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. She has been the recipient of several
awards by Chester community partners including, the Chester YWCA 2008 “Agent of Change”,
the Community Service award by the Family and Community Service of Delaware County,
the 2009 “Community Impact” award by the United Way of Southeast Delaware County,
the 2013 “Woman of the Year” awarded by CHOICES, Inc., the 2014 Friends of Delaware
County Women’s Commission Spirit of Excellence Award and the 2015 Dorothy James Community
Dr. Pickron-Davis served as a Research Associate for Research for Action, a Philadelphia-based
non-profit organization working in educational research and reform in public education.
She completed her bachelor's degree from The Pennsylvania State University and her
masters of social work degree from Temple University's School of Social Administration.
She earned her doctor of philosophy degree in educational leadership at the University
of Pennsylvania. Dr. Pickron-Davis completed the Institute for Educational Management
(IEM) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Engagement Academy for University
Leaders, and Leadership Philadelphia, Inc.
In the news
- Pennsylvania State University - Bachelor's degree
- Temple University's School of Social Administration - Master of Social Work
- University of Pennsylvania - Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership
- Helen C. Bailey Outstanding Alumnus Award - University of Pennsylvania's Graduate
School of Education (2005)
- Agent of Change - Chester YWCA (2008)
- Community Service Award - Family and Community Service of Delaware County (2008)
- Community Impact Award - United Way of Southeast Delaware County (2009)
- Woman of the Year - CHOICES, Inc. (2013)
- Spirit of Excellence Award - Friends of Delaware County Women's Commission (2014)
- Dorothy James Community Service Award (2015)
- Woman of Achievement Award - Philadelphia Tribune (2021)
- LGBTQ+ Ally - National Diversity Council (2021)
- National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education
- Association of Black Women in Higher Education
- Forum of Executive Women
- National Association of Health Services Executives
- Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.