PCOM Community Members Honored for Commitment to DiversitySeptember 2, 2015
Denah Appelt, PhD, professor, bio-medical sciences; and Marsha Williams, associate
director, admissions; were both honored by the National Diversity Council at its 6th annual
Philadelphia Diversity and Leadership Conference on Sept. 1.
During the event, awards were given in recognition of leadership and excellence in
promoting diversity and inclusion. Among them were the Most Powerful Women award,
given to Dr. Appelt; and the Multicultural Leadership Award, given to Ms. Williams.
Dr. Appelt and Ms. Williams were honored for their leadership excellence; their accomplishments
in their respective fields; and their commitment to the highest ethical standards
and the well-being of the entire campus community.
“I have been blessed with many wonderful opportunities in life,” said Dr. Appelt.
“My hope is that I can provide even more opportunities for others. We should all ‘pay
“Life is about giving back,” added Ms. Williams. “Someone paved the way for me so
in return, I want to build a path for others.”
As an institution, PCOM is strongly committed to diversity. The College strives to
create an environment of inquiry, inquisitiveness and respect, one that promotes discovery
and celebration of differences, and fosters a deep appreciation of the rich social
fabric that binds this society together.
“These two women serve as beacons, upholding the value of diversity as a central tenet
to the College and represent the value we hold for a diverse and inclusive environment
for the entire PCOM community,” said Lisa McBride, PhD, chief diversity officer.
About Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
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of highly competent, caring physicians, health practitioners and behavioral scientists
who practice a “whole person” approach to care—treating people, not just symptoms.
PCOM operates three campuses (PCOM, PCOM Georgia and PCOM South Georgia) and offers doctoral degrees in clinical psychology, educational psychology, osteopathic
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applied behavior analysis, applied positive psychology, biomedical sciences, forensic
medicine, medical laboratory science, mental health counseling, non profit leadership
and population health management, organizational development and leadership, physician
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