As active citizens in a multicultural world, the PCOM community cultivates an environment of inquiry, inquisitiveness and respect, promotes discovery and celebration of our differences and fosters appreciation of the rich social fabric that binds us together.
The Office of Diversity and Community Relations provides the vision, leadership and management to advance PCOM's goals to support a culture of open inquiry, pluralism and mutual respect among students, faculty and staff. The office partners with all campus units to encourage an environment of shared responsibility and ownership for the diversity and inclusion philosophy across the Philadelphia and suburban Atlanta campuses. The office is committed to promoting programs and initiatives that improve the quality of life in underserved communities.
As we confront racism and discrimination that has permeated our country we are called to reflect on what we can do to dismantle systemic barriers to justice and equality throughout society.
Collectively, as an institution that educates osteopathic physicians, allied health professionals and behavioral scientists, we have a responsibility to address structural racism and inequities that create and perpetuate health care disparities in marginalized communities.
To that end, I want to share with you some of the commitments that our College has been working toward during the past year:
Finally, so as to address the major issues you have articulated as of late, I am announcing that within the coming weeks, the College will be naming a task force that will be led by Marcine Pickron-Davis, PhD, chief diversity and community relations officer, that will include stakeholders across our three locations to work with an external consultant, generating a list of priorities, accelerating, and advancing PCOM’s ongoing commitment to justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. This task force will supplement and augment the work done by Dr. Pickron-Davis’ Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Relations and the College’s diversity councils.
I invite you to join me to lean in and embrace new ways of advancing our diversity and inclusion mission and vision.
Jay S. Feldstein, DO ’81
President and Chief Executive Officer
The Office of Diversity and Community Relations creates and promotes:
The Office of Diversity and Community Relations plans the following initiatives through 2020:
The Office of Diversity and Community Relations coordinates numerous community outreach, diversity and inclusion programs and initiatives at each of PCOM's locations.
The PCOM Safe Space program trains faculty and staff to offer campus environments that are supportive to LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning) individuals.
The mission of the Diversity Councils is to develop, recommend and sponsor policies, procedures and programs that facilitate a more diverse and pluralistic campus community that is welcoming, safe and affirming for all.
Read an overview of the programs and resources that support our commitment to diversity, inclusion and community outreach.
PCOM is consistently recognized as a national leader in diversity and inclusion among colleges and universities.
INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the largest and oldest inclusion publication in higher education:
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, a newsmagazine focusing on matters of access and opportunity in higher education, ranked PCOM as a “Top 100 Degree Producer“ for minority students.