Diversity and Inclusion Programs at PCOM Georgia in Suwanee
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PCOM Georgia Diversity and Inclusion Programs

The Office of Diversity and Community Partnerships at PCOM's Suwanee, GA location coordinates various community outreach, diversity and inclusion programs and initiatives throughout the year.

Community Partners and Volunteer Opportunities

PCOM Georgia is proud to partner with the following community organizations and schools in the greater Atlanta area. These organizations also provide volunteer opportunities for PCOM Georgia students and staff. Contact the Office of Diversity for more information.

Learn more about the missions of our partnered organizations, their services and how you can get involved.

Pathway Programs

PCOM Georgia Opportunities Academy

The PCOM Georgia Opportunities Academy is a summer enrichment program for local high school students interested in healthcare careers. The program is designed to guide underrepresented youth to careers in medicine and science. PCOM Georgia students, faculty and staff lead participants through full days of hands-on learning. Campers explore various medical subjects from cardiology to infectious diseases to neuroscience through interactive labs and guest lectures. Students also gain exposure to different careers in health care as well as learn how to apply to college and professional programs.

High School Partnerships

PCOM Georgia's Office of Diversity  and Community Partnerships proudly partners with local high schools in the Gwinnett County area:

The Office of Admissions, in partnership with other PCOM Georgia academic and administrative departments, provides opportunities for local high school students to learn about careers in health care and science through its Community and Minority Outreach programs.

Signature Programs and Events

PCOM's Community Wellness Initiative (CWI) was founded to create educational and health services programming that support health and wellness in communities surrounding the College's locations.

CWI programs and events provide opportunities for PCOM students and staff to engage in patient care, community health education and research.

The Community-Based Research Faculty Fellowship was created by the Office of Diversity and Community Relations in partnership with the Division of Research and the PCOM Library.

Funding is awarded annually to faculty members who engage community-based organizations and PCOM students in collaborative research studies. Preference is given to proposals that focus on inter-professional initiatives and allow multiple students to volunteer with research duties.

Examples of studies and engagement projects include examining vaccine COVID hesitancy in local communities and exploring health services barriers in rural communities.

In partnership with the President's Diversity and LGBTQIA Councils at PCOM Georgia, this annual event provides an opportunity for first-year underrepresented students to network with students, faculty, staff and alumni to learn strategies for staying connected and succeeding at PCOM Georgia. Read more.

Hosted by the Office of Diversity and Community Partnerships and the LGBTQIA Council, this annual dinner celebrates the LGBTQIA communities and their allies at PCOM Georgia.

PCOM Georgia's Student National Medical Association (SNMA) Chapter, along with the Office of Diversity and the Diversity Council, hosted their SNMA Awards and Black Tie Gala event on Saturday, February 22, 2020, at the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center.

This event awarded key faculty, staff, students and alumni for their hard work and dedication in reaching SNMA’s mission: to address the needs of underserved communities while training students to be clinically excellent, culturally competent and socially conscious physicians.

The awards ceremony was followed by dancing to celebrate the different cultures and backgrounds that make up PCOM Georgia's diverse community.

Our office hosts multicultural scholars and dignitaries to lecture on health-related diversity issues in order to bring insight and understanding to the PCOM community. These lectures and discussions are designed to educate audiences to consider perspectives other than their own – encouraging civil debate, broadening the basis for critical thought and promoting cultural understanding.

Examples include:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture Series

Cornell Wright, MPA, Executive Director of the NC DHHS Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities, presented "It was all a Dream: The Intersectionality of Culture, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Health Equity." Read more.

Black History Month Lecture

Frank Jones, MD, MPH, clinical professor of surgery, hosted the "Making a Way" discussion featuring a panel of physicians discussing their personal healthcare stories of defying odds and pursuing dreams.

Women's History Month Lecture

Gulshan Harjee, MD, internist and recipient of numerous awards including Outstanding Georgia Citizen of the Year, shared her experiences in medicine with the PCOM Georgia community.

About the award

The President’s Leadership in Diversity Awards recognize the achievements of graduating students who have made significant contributions to advance diversity and inclusion at PCOM, PCOM Georgia and PCOM South Georgia.

Award criteria

Recipients have implemented initiatives which cultivate, advance or model diversity and inclusion within the College community. Nominees are evaluated by a committee of faculty and staff using the following criteria:

  1. Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, including but not limited to: establishment of an annual event or program; community outreach or engagement; providing a distinctive service to the PCOM community; research to advance diversity and inclusion in medicine.
  2. Sustainability of an above mentioned initiative.
  3. Ability to engage others in diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.
  4. Be in good academic standing.
Award winners

PCOM's Employee Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Award is presented annually to one faculty member and one staff member who have exceedingly worked to advance diversity, equity and inclusion at the College. Honorees are nominated by their colleagues.

Any employee or student can nominate a member of the faculty or staff for an award.

View past award recipients:

Event Photos

Sistahs in Medicine and Brothers in Medicine spoke to Beta Kappa Chi (BKX) inductees at Georgia Gwinnett College
Sistahs in Medicine and Brothers in Medicine volunteered at a Community Block Party with The Nett Church
PCOM Georgia students and staff smile and pose in a group during the SNMA Awards and Black Tie Gala event.
SNMA Awards and Black Tie Gala
PCOM Georgia students faculty and staff smile while holding awards.
SNMA Awards and Black Tie Gala
Latin dancers perform in colorful dresses during the SNMA Awards and Black Tie Gala event at PCOM Georgia.
SNMA Awards and Black Tie Gala
PCOM faculty and staff smile and pose in front of a backdrop.
SNMA Awards and Black Tie Gala
People dance during the SNMA Awards and Black Tie Gala
SNMA Awards and Black Tie Gala
High schoolers work on dissections in the PCOM Georgia anatomy lab.
Math and Science Summer Academy
High school students look through a microscope as part of the summer academy at PCOM Georgia.
Math and Science Summer Academy
PCOM staff address colleagues during the Lavender Awards event.
Lavender Awards
A panel of experts from justice and social work backgrounds speak to PCOM Georgia medical students in a classroom.
Locked Up and Locked Out Panel Discussion
Dr. Anne Koch speaks to a guest in a PCOM Georgia classroom in front of students during the Transgender Medicine Webinar.
Transgender Medicine Webinar
A guest speaker chats with PCOM Georgia medical students in the lobby.
MLK Jr Health Equity Lecture