PCOM Georgia Diversity 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 and Minority Outreach

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. Opportunities Academy students engage in interactive labs and dissections as well as listen to guest lectures. They explore various medical subjects from cardiology to infectious diseases to neuroscience. Students gain exposure to different careers in health care as well as learn how to apply to college and professional programs.

The program welcomed its inaugural class in the summer of 2017, with its main goal to increase the number of minorities in the healthcare field. PCOM South Georgia will welcome its first class in summer 2019.

For more information, contact Aisha DeBerry from the The Office of Diversity and Community Partnerships at aishade@pcom.edu.

Other Programs

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 healthcare and science through its Community and Minority Outreach programs. Read more in select news stories below:

Monthly Events

May 2019

The Lavender Awards

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.

MIS Research Day

Students from Midtown International School in Atlanta worked with PCOM Georgia biomedical sciences students and PCOM Georgia Library staff members to prepare research projects.

April 2019

Locked Up and Locked Out: How Social Inequities Affect the Health Care System

PCOM Georgia students and staff were invited to view 13th, a 2016 documentary that explores the "intersection of race, justice and mass incarceration in the United States." The screening was followed by a panel discussion with Rukia Lumumba, JD, founder of People's Advocacy Institute, Jane Taylor, MD, MPH, psychiatrist, Denise Coleman, activist and former incarcerated person, and Harshasu Barot, DO, psychiatry resident at Unity Heath.

March 2019

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 to the PCOM Georgia community.

The Balancing Act

Deretta Cole Rhodes, PhD, SVP/Head of HR for the Atlanta Braves, presented "The Balancing Act: Navigating the workplace while maintaining an intentional and enjoyable personal life."

February 2019

Black History Month Lecture

Frank Jones, MD, MPH, clinical professor of surgery, hosted "Making a Way," a panel of doctors discussing their personal healthcare stories of defying odds and pursuing dreams. Panelists included Tashinea Bernadin, DO, Antonio Graham, DO, Ladawn Hackett, MD, Eddie Williams, PharmD, and Daytheon Sturges, MPAS, PA-C, CHES.

January 2019

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture Series

Cornell Wright, MPA, is currently the Executive Director of the NC DHHS Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities and serves as a subject matter expert and advisor on the areas of health equity. He presented "It was all a Dream: The Intersectionality of Culture, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Health Equity"... Read more.

December 2018

Transgender Medicine Webinar Series

Anne Koch, DMD, adjunct assistant professor of endodontics and a member of the board of overseers for the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and special guest Holiday Simmons, MSW, resident in resilience and healing at the Campaign for Southern Equality discussed best practices in transgender medicine as part of the webinar series. View the full video of the discussion.

November 2018

The Georgia Chapter of the Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America

Vice Provost William Craver, DO, FACOS, was the featured keynote speaker and was accompanied by Director of Diversity and Community Partnerships Aisha DeBerry, JD.

October 2018

National Coming Out Day

The Office of Diversity and Community Relations partnered with the LGBTQIA Council to host National Coming Out Day celebrations at PCOM Georgia.

Black Doctoral Network

PCOM Georgia's diversity, admissions and human resources departments attended the Black Doctoral Network conference in Charlotte, NC to recruit faculty and students of color.

September 2018

Diversity Hackathon

The SUNY College of Optometry invited diversity leaders from various health professions colleges to engage in collaborative workshops for diversity initiatives. Aisha DeBerry, JD, director of diversity and community partnerships and Trina Bursey, MA, associate director of student affairs, attended the event.

State of Black Health Conference

Aisha DeBerry, JD, and Valerie Cadet, PhD, assistant professor, attended the annual conference hosted by the National African American Tobacco Prevention Network (NAATPN) in Atlanta, GA.

National Association of Medical Minority Educators (NAME) Conference

Staff from PCOM and PCOM Georgia's admissions and diversity offices attended the annual meeting in Miami, FL.

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) Conference

Faculty and staff from Admissions, Diversity and Community Partnerships and PCOM School of Psychology attended the annual conference in Chicago, IL.


Opportunities Academy
Opportunities Academy
Opportunities Academy
Opportunities Academy
Opportunities Academy
Opportunities Academy
Lavender Awards 2019
Lavender Awards 2019
Locked Up and Locked Out Panel Discussion
Locked Up and Locked Out Panel Discussion
Locked Up and Locked Out Panel Discussion
Locked Up and Locked Out Panel Discussion
Transgender Medicine Webinar
Transgender Medicine Webinar
MLK Jr Health Equity Lecture
MLK Jr Health Equity Lecture