PCOM's Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

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 our three locations in Pennsylvania and Georgia. The office is committed to promoting programs and initiatives that improve the quality of life in underserved communities.

Office Mission Statement

The Office of Diversity and Community Relations promotes an environment that respects, embraces and fosters an inclusive and vibrant community to further excellence in health equity through education, advocacy and community outreach.

Message from the President

Advancing Our Diversity and Inclusion Mission and Vision

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 healthcare disparities in marginalized communities. Violence or hatred against any person or people—for race, ethnicity, religion or identity—is contrary to the values of this College and our professions. We must not only live by the principles of inclusion, equity and civic engagement, but we must drive them forward in meaningful ways as individuals and as a College.

PCOM’s Office of Diversity and Community Relations stands on the front lines and plays a pivotal role advancing the College’s mission to embed diversity, equity and inclusion in policies, processes and practices. Any institutional and cultural change requires the commitment of all members of the campus community.

In June 2020, the President’s Commission on Racial Justice: Transforming Campus Culture was formed to advance PCOM’s commitment to justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. The Commission has reported accomplishments that align with the PCOM 2025 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan. The strategic plan offers a roadmap for PCOM to advance student, faculty and staff performance as well as excellence in the College’s service to communities.

I am grateful for our collective commitment and shared responsibility to transform our campus culture that brings to bear our diversity and inclusion mission and vision. While we have made forward progress, there’s more to do, and I look forward to seeing what we can achieve together. 

Jay S. Feldstein, DO ’81
President and Chief Executive Officer

Diversity Goals

The Office of Diversity and Community Relations creates and promotes:

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

Resources and Information

Our Programs

The Office of Diversity and Community Relations coordinates numerous community outreach, diversity and inclusion programs and initiatives at each of PCOM's locations.

President's Commission on Racial Justice

This commission is made up of work groups charged with developing recommendations and initiatives to transform campus culture through student and faculty recruitment, curriculum development and more.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Councils

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.

Diversity Presentation for Prospective Students

In this video, our office presents an overview of PCOM's diversity initiatives, programs and mission for prospective graduate and medical students.

Diversity Brochure [PDF]

Learn about the programs and resources that support our College's commitment to diversity, inclusion and community outreach.

Student Diversity Fact Sheet [PDF]

View enrollment information for PCOM's three locations including breakdowns of students' ethnicity, gender and age.

Nationally Recognized for Excellence in Diversity

Logo for Insight Into Diversity Magazine's Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award 2020

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.

PCOM Diversity inforgraphic highlighting PCOM as a top degree producer for minority students

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