Chief Diversity Officer receives national diversity honorSeptember 28, 2015
Lisa McBride, PhD, chief diversity officer at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic
Medicine (PCOM) recently received the Diversity Visionary Award from INSIGHT Into
Diversity magazine—the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher
education. According to INSIGHT Into Diversity, that award is the only national individual
honor of its kind; it was presented to Dr. McBride as a tribute to her significant
contributions to diversity in higher education.
Dr. McBride joined PCOM in March 2013 and immediately founded the Office of Diversity,
which is dedicated to ensuring a safe, welcoming and productive environment for all
students, faculty and staff on both campuses of the College.
Under Dr. McBride’s direction, the Office of Diversity has undertaken several initiatives
to further its mission, including: implementation of the President’s Diversity Council,
which drives strategic execution of the diversity plan across the College; partnering
with several minority-focused higher education organizations to actively recruit more
minority students and faculty members; creation of a cultural competency series for
first- and second-year DO students; creation and management of a Campus Climate Survey,
to better understand the current state of the College’s learning and working environment;
implementation of LGBT Safe Zone training; and conducting training sessions on topics
such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, sexual harassment awareness and prevention
and Title IX.
Dr. McBride shares credit for the honor with those who have encouraged and influenced
her. “Though I am selected for such honor, I praise many members within the Philadelphia
College of Osteopathic Medicine community who were committed to channeling change
and their appeal to collective impact,” she said. “This honor is also a testament
to the many mentors I have had and the impact of their teachable moments on my growth.”
Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT into Diversity, called Dr. McBride, “an inspiration
to all of us who are working so diligently to make a difference in the lives of all
underrepresented individuals.” In September, PCOM received the Higher Education Excellence
in Diversity Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity, which recognizes U.S. colleges and
universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.
PCOM is the first and only osteopathic medical school thus far to receive that award.
Prior to joining PCOM, Dr. McBride served as special assistant to the president for
equity and diversity and university ombudsperson at California University of Pennsylvania.
She earned her doctor of philosophy degree in conflict analysis and resolution from
Nova Southeastern University, and her master of science and bachelor of science degrees
in criminology from Indiana State University.
About Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Founded in 1899, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) has trained thousands
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
medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy and school psychology, and graduate degrees in
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
assistant studies, school psychology, and public health management and administration.
PCOM students learn the importance of health promotion, research, education and service
to the community. Through its community-based Healthcare Centers, PCOM provides care
to medically underserved populations. For more information, visit pcom.edu or call 215-871-6100.
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