Shaping the Future

Office of Diversity and Community Relations

PCOM's Commitment to Diversity

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.

About the Office of Diversity and Community Relations

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.

View diversity and inclusion highlights from the 2018 President's Report:

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Diversity Goals

The Office of Diversity and Community Relations creates and promotes:

  • A climate of inclusion and support.
  • Academic diversity.
  • Access and equity in student recruitment.
  • Access and equity in hiring practices.
  • Community outreach and partnerships.

Strategic Priorities (2018-2020)

The Office of Diversity and Community Relations plans the following initiatives through 2020:

  • Raise the profile of PCOM’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Collaborate with Admissions on identifying affiliations with regional HBCU’s/HSI’s
  • Design an action plan using results from the 2015 Campus Climate Survey, PCOM 2020 Strategic Plan and the annual Higher Education in Excellence Diversity (HEED) self-study
  • Target and attract underrepresented male undergraduate pre-med or science majors to consider careers in medicine.
  • Broaden opportunities for medical students to engage in community-based research.
  • Expand curriculum to include LGBT-inclusive health care.
  • Host annual summer pipeline initiative for underrepresented local high school students.
  • Expand PCOM’s footprint in the greater Philadelphia, Georgia and South Georgia regions.
  • Launch PCOM Safe Space workshops to promote a welcoming campus community for LGBTQIA faculty, staff and students.

Resources and Information

Our Programs

The Office of Diversity and Community Relations coordinates several community outreach, diversity and inclusion programs and initiatives.

PCOM Safe Space

The PCOM Safe program develops environments that are supportive to LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning) individuals.

President's Diversity Council

The primary mission of the Diversity Council 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.

Diversity Brochure [PDF]

Read an overview of the programs and resources that support our commitment to diversity, inclusion and community outreach.

 

Nationally Recognized for Excellence in Diversity

Insight Into Diversity Magazine's Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award 2018

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine has recognized PCOM as one of eight Diversity Champion colleges and universities in the nation. Diversity Champions exemplify an unyielding commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout their campus communities, across academic programs and at the highest administrative levels.

The publication also named PCOM as a “Top 100 Degree Producer“ for minority students in its 2018 Diverse: Issues in Higher Education list.