A Reflection on 2022 December 21, 2022
Office of Diversity and Community Relations
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) events held throughout 2022 brought students,
faculty and staff together and provided opportunities to engage in meaningful conversations.
In reflecting on 2022, the Office of Diversity and Community Relations (ODCR) has much to be proud of. Since launching their OnePCOM Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Certificate program in early 2022, the ODCR has provided PCOM faculty and staff with a variety of opportunities
to engage in meaningful conversations and educational opportunities to make PCOM a
more understanding and inclusive space.
“Our goal is to provide community members with tools and skills to advance DEI efforts
at PCOM and our local communities and then commit to a call to action,” shared Marcine Pickron-Davis, PhD, chief diversity and community relations officer. “Change can be small, but it can
make an impact. We are working together, at all levels, to create a more inclusive
PCOM community,” continued Dr. Pickron-Davis.
This year, the ODCR hosted 31 speakers/panels and 23 DEI workshops that included over
300 participants. In total, there are 218 participants in the DEI certificate program,
and 27 have completed the certificate. Alicia Hahn, MS, assistant director, diversity
and community relations, shared that the program is built for and with the PCOM community,
and the ODCR works to find topics and speakers that engage students, faculty and staff.
Additionally, Ms. Hahn said that they also work to understand and support the various
audiences across campuses.
“We reach out to the community regularly to understand where the needs are. This has
helped us to empower change agents across our three campuses. Small examples, like updating our editorial style guide to include more inclusive
language, help to create a more welcoming environment at PCOM,” shared Ms. Hahn.
In addition to the OnePCOM certificate program, Dr. Pickron-Davis and the ODCR, in
partnership with the Division of Research and the PCOM Library, also launched the
Community-Based Research Initiative. This program awards funding to faculty members who engage community-based organizations
and PCOM students in collaborative research studies. With a focus on inter-professional
initiatives, the research focuses on topics related to specific communities, such
as vaccine hesitancy and access to behavioral health barriers in rural communities.
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) students at PCOM learn in an environment that
supports a culture of open inquiry, pluralism and mutual respect among students, faculty
Looking to 2023, the ODCR plans to expand the OnePCOM DEI Certificate to include students
in January. This will build on existing student-focused DEI education that has become
a part of the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine curriculum.
Additionally, the ODCR recently recognized six faculty and staff members across its
three campuses by presenting them with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Awards for their work that produced high-impact results in advancing diversity, equity and
inclusion at the College.
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