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Annual Report

"Here, gathered together in common cause, we agree to recognize this singular truth, and this singular rule: That we must be kind to one another, because each voice enriches us and ennobles us, and each voice lost diminishes us. We are the voice of the Universe, the soul of creation, the fire that will light the way to a better future. We are one."

- J. Michael Straczynski


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Message from the Assistant Dean

The opportunity to learn from the many experiences of our students, faculty, and staff is what makes our OSU Center for Health Sciences community so valuable. We uphold a vibrant, welcoming campus community that values individual and group differences. Our dedication to access and community impact and respect for others guarantees that everyone has equal access to opportunities. We respect the contributions to foster a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere that helps the OSU Center for Health Sciences accomplish its purpose more strongly and effectively every day.


Division of Access & Community Impact Mission

To foster a safe and welcoming campus climate that promotes and respects the human dignity of all regardless of identity, culture, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, ability, country of origin, and religion.


National Awards

  • 2023 INSIGHT Into Diversity HEED Award
  • 2023 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award for Operation Orange


Key Achievements

  • Academic Mentor - The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship
  • ACI Office, Student Life, and SGA Diversity Chair host second International Food Festival
  • Announcement of Third Annual Access & Community Impact Summit featuring Sarat C. Kunapuli, DO
  • Implicit Bias Presentation by Jabraan Pasha, MD at OSU-CHS Grand Rounds
  • First cohort of faculty mentors completed training for Faculty Mentorship Program
  • First Youth Medical Mentorship event hosted on OSU-CHS campus
  • Assistant Dean, ACI serving as mentor for two students in the Faculty Mentorship Program
  • Assistant Dean, ACI accepted to present Research Abstract to AACOM titled “Developing a Diverse Workforce Through a Faculty-Student Mentorship Program” to the Educating Leaders 2024 - AACOM Annual Conference
  • Assistant Dean, ACI accepted to present poster during OSU-CHS Research Week - “Empowering Students Through a Faculty-Student Mentorship Program“ during 2024 OSU-CHS Research Week
  • Assistant Dean, ACI as a contributing author to “Improving Interprofessional Practice and Cultural Competence with Interprofessional Education“
  • Hired new ACI Coordinator, George Romero, October 2023


Awards & Scholarships

  • 2023 ElevateMed selected OSU-COM student Emily Sowah to receive $16,500 scholarship
  • Annual PhilanthroPete ACI Virtual Fundraising Campaign for 2023 increased ACI Foundation funds in the sum of $656.93 to support students‘ educational opportunities
  • Awarded ACI Foundation funds totaling $550.00 from annual PhilanthroPete campaign, supporting three students to attend conferences during the 2022-2023 school year



  • Inaugural Faculty Mentorship Program
  • First Cohort of Faculty Mentorship Program Participants
    • 10 faculty mentors
    • 24 student mentees
  • Safe Space Campus Maps


Continued Initiatives

  • Health Equity Book Club - “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks“ by Rebecca Skloot
  • Annual Access & Community Impact Summit speaker, Phil Armstrong - "Resilience and the Human Spirit"
  • National Thank a Resident & Fellow Day
  • ACI Website resource updates
  • ACI scholarships and award application published on Division of ACI website page
  • Monthly Newsletter name change to The Umbrella
  • Monthly meetings with Student Life
  • Monthly meetings with Marketing
  • "You are Welcome Here" booklet updates
  • Ongoing staff s upport for student clubs
  • Partnership with American Academy of Cardiology
  • Partnership with Youth Medical Mentorship
  • Partnership with Director of Recruitment- Dr. Pete’s Pre-Med Summer Internship Program for URM students
  • Planning meetings with student-led committee to coordinate 2024 Diversity Week activities


Event Participation & Community Engagement

  • 2023 PA Orientation
  • 2023 PA Program Interviews
  • 2023 PA graduation
  • 2023 COM Orientation
  • 2023 Match Day  
  • 2023 Graduate & COM Commencement
  • 2023 OSU-CHS Graduate Programs Luncheon
  • 2023 Martin Luther King Day Parade participation by OSU-CHS telemedicine bus
  • 2023 Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice Tulsa Annual Awards
  • 2023 COM Student Resource Fair in Tulsa & Tahlequah
  • 2023 White Coat Ceremony in Tulsa & Tahlequah
  • 2023 Tahlequah STRIDE Symposium 
  • 2023 OSU-CHS Student Club Fair
  • 2023 OSU-CHS Diversity Week
  • 2023 Health Equity Book Club - “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks“
  • 2023 MAPS Conference
  • 2023 Pre-Health Round-Up 
  • 2023 Native American speaker series 
  • 2023 Native American Honoring Ceremony OSU-Tulsa Community Back to School Bash with External Affairs
  • Collaborated with Native American Primary Care Center of Excellence, Operation Orange 
  • Collaborated with Native American Primary Care Center of Excellence, Rock Your Mocs 
  • Collaborated with Marketing to showcase physicians and students for Black History Month, Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, and Native American Heritage Month 
  • Enhancing Cultural Competence Fostering Success by Overcoming Inequity and Embracing Identity Sexuality and Gender Alliance (SAGA, formerly known as GLAM) Club marched with OSU-Tulsa in 2023 Tulsa Pride Parade
  • Hidden Student Populations Conference, Stillwater
  • Native Student Welcome Night with AIMS and NASOM
  • Youth Medical Mentorship event at Union High School 
  • Youth Medical Mentorship event at CHS



  • AACOM Council on Diversity and Equity
  • ACGME Diversity Officers Forum
  • OSU-CHS Academic Council
  • OSU-CHS Affirmative Action
  • OSU-CHS Council of Deans
  • OSU-CHS Curriculum Oversight
  • OSU-CHS Access & Community Impact
  • OSU-STW Inclusion Leadership Council Meeting
  • ElevateMed and Partnership
  • Urban Underserved Medical Track
  • National Advisory Board (NAB) STOP Child Welfare Design Team Committee, an initiative from the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law to address the overreporting and overrepresentation of Black and Indigenous children in the child welfare system


Courses & Education

  • Assistant Dean, ACI, Co-Director of the Caring for Our Communities Course
  • Assistant Dean, ACI, Adjunct Clinical Instructor of Medical Education
  • Assistant Dean, ACI, Facilitator, Service-Learning Community Engagement 



  • 2023 PA Orientation
  • 2023 COM Orientation
  • 2023 Dr. Pete's Immersion Camp
  • 2023 Faculty Mentorship Program training seminar overview
  • 2023 MAPS Conference
  • Council of Student Presidents Meeting Presentation
  • Successful Supervisors Series
  • HAN Presentation


Sponsored Programs

  • 2023 Annual Access & Community Impact Summit -speaker Phil Armstrong
  • 2023 International Food Festival in collaboration with Student Life and SGA Diversity Chairs
  • 2023 PhilanthroPete Student Virtual Fundraising Campaign to Support Student Programs
  • 2023 Faculty Mentorship Program
  • ACI, Student Life, and Graduate Programs Meet & Greet Event - Donuts with the Deans, Tulsa
  • ACI, Student Life, and Graduate Programs Meet & Greet Event - Chill, Chow, & Chat, Tahlequah


Goals & Planning

  • 2024 Diversity Week & International Food Festival 2024 Access & Community Impact Summit
  • 2024 Health Equity Book Club - “Race After Technology“ by Ruha Benjamin
  • 2024 PhilanthroPete campaign raising additional ACI Foundation funds enhancing student support
  • Faculty Mentorship Program (FMP) surveys
  • FMP second cohort recruitment, and workshop training
  • Student interest survey on future programming
  • Collaboration with Marketing for ongoing programs
  • Collaboration with Foundation to support scholarship funding and student participation in professional and educational conferences
  • Grand Rounds - Alyson Myers, MD "There is more than I in Inclusion: Making Workspaces in Academic Medicine"
  • Monthly feature of student clubs in The Umbrella
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