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Online Presentations and Discussions 
Diversity and Community Relations

PCOM's Office of Diversity routinely hosts online presentations, lectures and discussions on race, equality, social justice and similar topics.

Meta Christy, DO '21: The First Black Osteopathic Physician

Chantel Thompson, DO ‘22, National President-elect of the Student National Medical Association, joins Dr. Barbara Ross Lee in discussion as they reflect on her life as a healthcare provider. They examine the evolution of medical schools from the perspectives of opportunity, social justice, inclusion and the future of medical education for minority students. Dr. Ross-Lee was only the third black osteopathic medical school graduate and became the first black female dean of any medical school in the United States, paving the way for generations to come. Watch now.

Celebrating Dr. Meta Christy: 100th Graduation Anniversary

Stylized logo showing Dr. Meta Christy's graduation profile and showing users to sign the celebratory kudoboard

Something to Talk About - Online Presentation Series

In our Something to Talk About discussion series, PCOM faculty, staff, students and community partners explore the impact of COVID-19 on marginalized communities and at-risk groups. They also discuss the complexity of race and social justice in the United States.

The Complexities of COVID-19 and its Impact on Marginalized Communities

The Vulnerability of African Americans During COVID-19

Valerie Cadet, PhD, Associate Professor of Pathology, Microbiology, Immunology, and Forensic Medicine, discussed the social determinants of health that have made African Americans more vulnerable to COVID-19.

Experiences of Asian Americans During the Pandemic

Xinyu (Eric) Wang, PhD, Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Anne Belocura, MS/Biomed ‘20, discussed prejudice and hate crimes against Asian Americans.


The Impact of Stay At Home Orders on Domestic Violence

COVID-19 and Domestic Violence

Valerie Cadet, PhD, Associate Professor of Pathology, Microbiology, Immunology, and Forensic Medicine, moderated a discussion about the increase of domestic violence during the pandemic. Alina Torres-Zickler, PCOM Equity and Title IX Coordinator, and Haley Clark, Executive Director of Colquitt Serenity House Project, provided data and resources for both advocates and those impacted by domestic violence.


The Vulnerability of Rural Communities and Challenges for the Muslim Community due to COVID-19

COVID-19 and its Impact on Rural Communities

Stacie Fairley, PhD, Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology discussed the unique challenges facing rural communities due to COVID- 19 specifically highlighting its impact on their hospitals, small businesses, factory workers and agricultural practices.

The Impact of Coronavirus on Ramadan

Shafik Habal, PhD, Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology discussed how the sacred month of Ramadan's observation has shifted due to the social restrictions imposed by COVID-19 limiting the interactions that culminate the religious practice.


Racial Trauma and PTSD

Race, Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Lisa Corbin, LPC, NCC, Assistant Professor, Department of Counseling and Ramona Palmerio-Roberts, PsyD, Clinical Associate Professor, Psychology discuss how repeated exposure to discrimination, microaggressions and racial disparities has manifested in PTSD and other adverse effects. By dispelling common thoughts and biases, the panelists provide in depth explanations for common misinformed opinions while creating a space for future growth