PCOM Recognized for Efforts to Diversify STEM


August 17, 2018

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine's 2018 Inspiring Programs in STEM award logoThe College recently received the Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.


Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) received the 2018 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the largest and oldest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education. The award honors colleges and universities that encourage and assist students from underrepresented groups to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Inspiring Programs in STEM Award winners were selected by INSIGHT Into Diversity based on efforts to inspire and encourage a new generation of young people to consider careers in STEM through mentoring, teaching, research, and successful programs and initiatives.

PCOM was chosen for its myriad pipeline efforts to encourage African-American and Latino high school and middle-school age students to consider a career in STEM+M (STEM and medicine). A signature program of the College, the PCOM Science and Math Summer Academy, is a two-week, intensive learning experience for students at ASPIRA, Inc. of Pennsylvania and Esperanza College. In Georgia, the program extends to Gwinnett County Public Schools' Berkmar and Meadowcreek high schools. Students enrolled in the Academy also have the opportunity to work on research projects throughout the academic year with PCOM faculty and students.

In addition, the College participates in nationwide pipeline programs such as the Health Professions Recruitment Exposure Program and the Distance Learning Center.

“We’re very proud to be recognized as an Inspiring Programs in STEM award winner,” said Marcine Pickron-Davis, PhD, chief diversity and community relations officer. “The recognition is a testament to PCOM’s commitment to improving diversity in the fields of science, technology, engineering, math and medicine, by introducing them as potential career paths to young people who may not have considered them previously.”

“We know that many STEM programs are not always recognized for their success, dedication and mentorship for underrepresented students,” says Lenore Pearlstein, owner and publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. “We want to honor the schools and organizations that have created programs that inspire and encourage young people who may currently be in or are interested in a future career in STEM. We are proud to honor these programs as role models to other institutions of higher education and beyond.”

PCOM and its fellow recipients will be featured in the September 2018 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. For more information about the 2018 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award and INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, visit insightintodiversity.com.

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.


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About Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Founded in 1899, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine 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 offers doctoral degrees in clinical psychology, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy and school psychology, and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences, forensic medicine, mental health counseling, organizational development and leadership, physician assistant studies, school psychology, and public health management and administration. Our 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 in inner city and rural locations. For more information, visit pcom.edu.

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Office: 215-871-6304 | Cell: 267-449-1360 

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