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Welcome to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion's News and Events. We are glad you are here


Group on Health Equity

The Group on Health Equity (GoHE) works to establish networks and mentoring opportunities between students, academics, practitioners and community members to reduce health disparities and move towards health equity. To this end, we have quarterly meetings amongst health professionals, social workers, public health professionals, health professions students, undergraduate students and multiple community agencies.

The Office for Diversity and Inclusion and our GoHE partners, the College of Nursing and the College of Dentistry, would like to invite you to attend our next meeting Thursday, 21 February, 2019 at 6:00pm in the Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital Auditorium, with our guest speaker Ms. Erin Upchurch, Executive Director of Kaleidiscope Youth Center. Dinner is provided. Please register here Group on Health Equity

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MD Camp 2019

MD Camp 2019 sponsored by the Area Health Education Center is an intensive, three-week residential summer camp providing participants an experience in the rigors of medical school. It is open to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors who are interested in pursuing careers in the health professions, including biomedical research. We typically accept students who are considered traditionally underrepresented in medicine, and traditionally underserved which can include women and individuals from socio-economic and / or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. 

The MD Camp 2019 online application can be found here MD Camp 2019 Application​

The MD Camp brochure can be found here MD Camp Brochure_2018.pdf

 Check out the link to the TV/10 Article on MD Camp.  TV10 MD Camp 2018
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Thank you MD Campers for a wonderful 3 weeks!  


Clotilde Dent Bowen, MD, Diversity Lecture Series

The Office for Diversity and Inclusion in the College of Medicine, the Office of Alumni Affairs, and the University Office of Diversity and Inclusion welcomed Joan Reede, MD, MS, MBA, MPH, as this year's Clotilde Dent Bowen, MD, Diversity Lecturer, Friday, 5 October, 2018 from 12:00pm - 1:30pm at the Wasserstrom Auditorium located in The James Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Reede is the Dean of Diversity and Community at Harvard University College of Medicine. She spoke on the topic of "Seeking Excellence: Building on the Past while Ensuring the Future"  In addition to Dr. Reede's presentation, the Clotilde Dent Bowen, MD, Woman of Excellence Awards were presented to this year's winner and honorable mentions.

Dr. Reede led a discussion with OSU undergraduate students during her visit to campus. 


Breakfast of Science Champions


 The Office for Diversity and Inclusion and The College of Nursing had the pleasure of being a host site for the 2018 Breakfast of Science Champions with Columbus City School Children as our guests on Wednesday, 7 November, 2018. Our offices hosted approximately 25 children for hands-on activities, a student panel discussion, and the opportunity to meet with professionals in in the College of Medicine and the College of Nursing. They had a wonderful visit. We appreciate their interest in spending time with us and look forward to seeing them again next year!

2018 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award

The Ohio State University College of Medicine is a recipient of the 2018 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

 The INSIGHT Into Diversity HEED Award, open to all colleges, universities and health profession schools across the United States, measures an institution’s level of achievement and intensity of commitment in regard to broadening diversity and inclusion on campus through initiatives, programs, and outreach; student recruitment, retention, and completion; and hiring practices for faculty and staff.
The College of Medicine will be featured along with thirty four other recipients in the December 2018 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

The Latino Medical Student Association 


LMSA invited students across campus to join them to show support for DACA and undocumented immigrants, Thursday, 5 October at The Ross Heart Hospital Auditorium. Over 25 student came out to attend the event, sign letters of support to send to their representatives, and to share their stories.


LMSA's 2nd DACA event, Dream with Dreamers, on Thursday, 12 October in the Biomedical Research Tower was in collaboration with the Student National Medical Association, LGBTQ+ & Allies, the Student National Pharmaceutical Association and the Hispanic Student Dental Association.



Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Descision


Please see President Michael V. Drake's Statement on the recent DACA decision.


 Former President Barack Obama's Response to DACA http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/05/politics/obama-daca/index.html


The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and The James Comprehensive Cancer Center received designation as "Leaders in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality" in the Health Equity Index 2018!

Free Continuing Medical Education Training in LGBTQ Patient-Centered Care


If you are a provider of patient-centered care, please join our healthcare team at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and The James Comprehensive Cancer Hospital in promoting equitable and inclusive care for the LGBTQ community. As a participant in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Annual Healthcare Equity Index, over 60 different online, on-demand CME accredited LGBT training options are free to staff. These training options include both interactive eLearning courses and recorded webinars. Topics range from the basics of LGBTQ Patient-Centered Care to more specialized topics for clinicians. 

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Help us to maintain our status as Leaders in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality.

In order for the WMC to receive HEI credit, enter our facility ID number of 64846

In order for The James to receive HEI credit, enter our facility ID number of 58016


Please see these additional resources:  flyer about our training options, how to register for The CAL, how to register for The National LGBT Health Education Center


Register today:


  • Click  http://bit.ly/CALRegister to register for courses on The CAL. Use HRC as the Security Code.

  • Click http://go.osu.edu/NatlGLBTQTraining to register for courses from the National LGBT Health Education Center:

  • For The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center to receive HEI credit, enter 64846 as the Facility ID.

  • For The James Comprehensive Cancer Hospital to receive HEI credit, enter For The James Comprehensive Cancer Hospital to receive HEI credit, enter 58016 as the Facility ID.

  • Questions? Email Leon.McDougle@osumc.edu.


 Congrat​ulations Students!

Congratulations go out to Ms. Diana Hallak who was awarded the "Best Undergraduate Poster" at the Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute Research Day. Ms. Hallak was in the first cohort of the CoM ASPIRE  Program beginning in 2018.

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When Ladan Navari is not dancing at BuckeyeThon, being active in her Honors program, or the Chimes Junior Class Honorary, she can be found in a lab doing research. Originally from Iran, Navari came to America because she wanted to get her education here. Navari is the kind of student and person that lives for a challenge and continues to aspire for more as she pursues her degree at Ohio State.

There's a tree on north campus between the Mathematics Tower and Baker Systems Engineering that on the right days, smells like flowers and Navari always goes out of her way to find this bit of happiness on campus. This, along with writing poetry, paper quilling, collecting coins from around the world, and singing, albeit to herself, Navari finds ways to express herself and find joy.

One of the reasons Navari picked Ohio State was that it is a large public school that presented the experience of the real world. Ohio State was a community unto itself that offered diversity and opportunities for Navari to explore her passions and find herself along the way. Navari explained that she wanted to "grow up while learning."

As a biochemistry major on a pre-med track, Navari has found herself in the midst of a diverse cohort of peers that all care about one thing, research. ASPIRE is a program that according to the Ohio State University College of Medicine, "aims to provide research experience for Ohio State undergraduate students from underrepresented and/or disadvantaged groups who aspire to become medical doctors, clinician scientists, or basic science researchers by earning an MD, MD/PhD, or PhD degree." Through ASPIRE, Navari has been able to meet amazing people who she can relate to. Navari has created one-on-one relationships with her peers that she finds significantly impactful on her time here at Ohio State. Navari hopes to pursue medicine in some aspect, so long as it relates to cancer research and allows her to represent and help people who lack the confidence or resources.

ladan navari 3.JPGNavari's research is specific to pathology and cancer and she has special interest in liver cancer. Navari says that more studies on the liver need to be done because of its increasing mortality rate among other more well-known cancers. "RNA modifications or epitranscriptomics have attracted significant attention in recent years. I am particularly interested in a specific type of modification associated with liver cancer progression," said Navari. ASPIRE has helped Navari learn the importance of having minorities in STEM research. Their program is designed to minimize the imbalance in healthcare and health outcomes in underrepresented communities due to implicit bias and limited access to research and medical resources that are translatable and improve the quality of healthcare.

An accomplishment Navari is proud of is presenting her research at the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS​). The conference also gave Navari the chance to meet a wide variety of people involved in the STEM fields and talk about their research and projects.

Navari has a love for challenging herself stating that she loves to, "taste the fruit from the challenge, then finding another tree to climb." For her twenty-first birthday, she hopes to complete twenty-one challenges such as, twenty-one days meat-free, running a marathon, and learning to play an instrument. Aside from these, she wants to become more active in service and activism and social justice.  ​

By Audre McDowell, Honors & Scholars Student Writer



The Office for Diversity and Inclusion is happy to welcome our new cohort of MEDPATH students. They were chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants. MEDPATH is a one year program aimed at developing and enriching the academic knowledge base and skills of students prior to their entrance into medical school. The program allows students to become more competitive and successful in the medical school environment. Increasing the number of students underrepresented in medicine (URM) and/or students from economically and/or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds who graduate from medical school is a major goal of MEDPATH. We wish our entering MEDPATH students much success.