Veronica Pham, MS/PA Studies
Veronica Pham’s passion for diversity started early on when she recognized from personal
experience how a language barrier can prevent patients from accessing health care.
During her rotations, she’s made connections with several patients based on the fact
that speaks to them in their native Vietnamese language. She served as the student
diversity committee representative of the PCOM chapter of the Student Academy of the
AAPA. Through this leadership position, she is a champion for service, inclusion and
Ashley Smith, PsyD
Ashley Smith is a leader for diversity, equity and inclusion at PCOM. She served as
the community service coordinator and a recruitment member of Culturally Aware Psychology
Students (CAPS). She also serves on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion workgroup
as a student representative. Dr. Smith is involved with the Healthy Monks Research
project, which serves the Laotian community in Philadelphia. Her dissertation research
focused on Addressing the Cultural Considerations of African Americans in Interdisciplinary Care. Outside of PCOM, Ms. Smith is the project co-lead of WiSTEM2D with Alpha Kappa Alpha
Sorority, Inc. This initiative focuses on introducing young girls to STEM careers.
Janet Nwaukoni, DO
Janet Nwaukoni's passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion impacted both PCOM and
the Philadelphia community. As co-president of the Student National Medical Association
(SNMA) she hosted a student diversity brunch, participated in HPREP, and co-founded
Doctors Redefining Limits. Doctor’s Redefining Limits aims to increase awareness of
Osteopathic Medicine in African countries through education, cultural competency,
and service. This was done via a two week service trip to Ghana. Outside of PCOM,
Dr. Nwaukoni works with the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium providing COVID-19 tests,
vaccines, and flu vaccines. View Dr. Nwaukoni's PCOM graduate profile.
Mashaal Syed, MS/Biomed
Serving in a “connector” role for the Neighbors Helping Neighbors Mutual Aid Initiative,
Mashaal Syed was responsible for connecting with the hundred of individuals who sought
support from the initiative. She also worked to solicit donations and fulfill the
needs of individuals. This experience opened her eyes to socioeconomic disparities
heightened via the global pandemic. Additionally, Ms. Syed has participated in several
volunteer initiatives including the Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP), Japan Exchange
and Teaching Program (JET) and Drexel University’s IKI Cultural exchange program.