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Black Colleague Resource Group 
Supporting One Another As We Rise (SOAR)

Formed in 2019, Supporting One Another as we Rise (SOAR) is a colleague resource group whose purpose is to encourage the mental and professional development of Black, non-teaching, full- and part-time staff of PCOM.

Our name is the group's goal: We aim to clearly articulate the unique needs of those who identify as Black, specifically descendants of people from the African diaspora. We are a place to which we may bring our authentic selves and from which we can connect with our non-Black allies and advocates in support of our diverse community.

Career management panel events

SOAR and the Office of Diversity and Community Relations hosted candid conversations with various faculty and staff at each PCOM location about how they managed their careers, sharing learning opportunities and wins along the way. They answered how they overcame challenges, both obvious and tangential; recognized and embraced their strengths in the face of encouragement and opposition; and encouraged attendees with advice about the tools in their career toolkit and networks. Attendees walked away with concrete actions they may take in owning their careers.

Managing Your Career When (Seems Like) You're Alone – Advice from the Trenches

View program brochures and panelist biographies:

Our mission

Through engagement with SOAR, our members are able to:

  • Build a network of internal support that offers mentoring opportunities, safe spaces within which we can be authentic, and provide resources to colleagues;
  • Develop durable skills; and
  • Be encouraged to participate in community outreach, whether internal to PCOM or in their locales by raising awareness of the needs of our myriad Black communities and educating everyone in ways to support each other from our varying perspectives.

Council members

Council Chair Estelle Redding
Faculty Liaison Persko "PJ" Grier
Membership Chair Adrianne Jones
Marketing Chair Katresa Gardner


Become a member of SOAR and engage in upcoming events.


SOAR career panel guests sit in front of a classroom full of PCOM employees