PCOM Named a 'Diversity Champion'May 13, 2016
Selected institutions ranked in the top tier of the 92 Higher Education Excellence
in Diversity (HEED) Award recipients of 2015.
INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine has recognized Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) as one
of eight Diversity Champion colleges and universities in the nation.
According to the publication, “Diversity Champions exemplify an unyielding commitment
to diversity and inclusion throughout their campus communities, across academic programs,
and at the highest administrative levels.”
PCOM has made a commitment to cultivating a diverse and inclusive environment through
myriad efforts on its Philadelphia and Suwanee, Georgia, campuses, such as: the creation
of the President’s Diversity Council, which makes recommendations to the president on matters of equity and diversity
and provides strategic execution of the College's Diversity Plan; the implementation
of PCOM Safe spaces on campus, which provide support to LGBTQIA students, faculty, staff, co-workers and managers;
the creation of gender-neutral bathrooms and meditation/lactation areas; and the launch
of a series of lectures and workshops designed to provide insight and understanding
of multicultural issues to the entire PCOM community.
“We strive to create an environment at PCOM that is inquisitive and respectful, one
that celebrates our unique differences and fosters appreciation of the rich social
fabric that binds us together,” said Lisa McBride, PhD, chief diversity officer. “The
recognition of our institution as a champion of diversity serves as encouragement
for all we have done, a guide for all we hope to accomplish in the future, and highlights
the hard work and dedication of individuals across our campuses to make PCOM a truly
inclusive environment for all.”
Eight colleges and universities across the nation have received the Diversity Champion
designation. Selected institutions ranked in the top tier of the 92 Higher Education
Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award recipients of 2015. The HEED Award is presented
annually by INSIGHT Into Diversity to recognize colleges and universities that are dedicated to creating a diverse and
inclusive campus environment. PCOM received the award for the first time in 2015 and is currently the only osteopathic institution to win
“PCOM is a visionary leader among campus communities striving for diversity and inclusion,”
said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity. “As a Diversity Champion school, PCOM exceeds everyday expectations, often eclipsing
even its own goals, and develops successful strategies that serve as models of excellence
for other higher education institutions.”
For more information about PCOM’s commitment to diversity, visit the Office of Diversity and Compliance page.
About INSIGHT Into Diversity
INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine is the largest and oldest diversity and inclusion publication in higher
education today and is known for its annual INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education
Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, the only award that recognizes colleges and
universities for outstanding diversity and inclusion efforts across their campuses.
INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine presents timely, thought-provoking news and feature stories on matters of
diversity and inclusion in higher education and beyond. Articles include interviews
with innovators and experts, as well as explorations of best practices and profiles
of exemplary programs. In our Career Center, readers will also discover career opportunities
that connect job seekers with institutions and businesses that embrace a diverse and
inclusive workforce. Current, archived, and digital issues of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine are available online at insightintodiversity.com.
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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