Parks Named Director of Diversity and Community PartnershipsDecember 8, 2021
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) has recently named Darnae Parks, MSLD, as the director of diversity and community
partnerships at PCOM Georgia effective January 3. In this role, Parks will work to implement educational, assessment
and quality improvement programs and initiatives as they relate to cultural competency
and diversity and inclusion.
Parks said, “As a proud member of several minority groups, I have experienced speed
bumps and road blocks that only delayed my determined outcomes.” He added, “My goal
in this position is to make sure that our faculty and staff have the best resources
to ensure that our future medical providers, pharmacists, psychologists and scientists
are properly prepared to assist our growing diverse communities.”
Parks most recently served as the associate director of admissions at PCOM Georgia.
In this position, he oversaw the application process for the Doctor of Pharmacy and Doctor of Physical Therapy programs, as well as the Physician Assistant Studies and Medical Laboratory Science graduate programs. In addition, he developed partnerships with organizations to promote
academic program growth.
In November, he received the inaugural Employee Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award at the annual Employee Recognition Awards luncheon. According to Marcine Pickron-Davis, PhD, chief diversity and community relations officer, the award was given to one faculty
and one staff member on each campus “who went above and beyond to advance diversity,
equity and inclusion at PCOM.” Employees were nominated for the award by colleagues.
Parks serves as a member of the President’s Task Force for Underrepresented Minorities
in Recruitment and Retention, as well as chairing the PCOM LGBTQIA+ Council. In addition, he serves as a health advisory board member for Gwinnett County Public
Schools. He was honored by the 2017-2018 PCOM Georgia Student Organizations Council
with a Staff and Services Recognition Award.
Parks is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, where he serves
on the Champion Advisory Committee, the Southeastern and the National Association
of Advisors for the Health Professions, the National Association of Medical Minority
Educators, where he is the membership co-chair, and the Georgia Association of Collegiate
Registrars and Admissions Officers.
He earned a BA in history from Newberry College, Newberry, South Carolina. In addition,
he earned a master’s of strategic leadership development from Clayton State University,
Pickron-Davis said, “We are pleased that Darnae is joining our team and look forward
to his contributions in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion at PCOM Georgia.”
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About PCOM Georgia
Established in 2005, PCOM Georgia is a private, not-for-profit, accredited institute of higher education dedicated
to the healthcare professions. The Suwanee, Georgia, campus is affiliated with Philadelphia
College of Osteopathic Medicine, a premier osteopathic medical school with a storied
history. PCOM Georgia offers doctoral degrees in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, and
physical therapy and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences, medical laboratory science,
and physician assistant studies. Emphasizing "a whole person approach to care," PCOM
Georgia focuses on educational excellence, interprofessional education and service
to the wider community. For more information, visit pcom.edu/georgia or call 678-225-7500. The campus is also home to the Georgia Osteopathic Care Center,
an osteopathic manipulative medicine clinic, which is open to the public by appointment.
For more information, visit pcomgeorgiahealth.org.
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