Examples Of Services And Intervention Initiatives

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Services and Programming Offered
The Office of Diversity Affairs focuses on two main initiatives, the first of which is the Summer Biomedical Research Program (SBRP). This programs affords undergraduates with the opportunity to engage in scientific research at BSOM and Vidant Medical Center. Undergraduates chosen for this program develop essential researching skills including writing and presenting clinical research. Furthermore, this program provides students who belong to groups that are underrepresented (e.g., racial/ethnic, religious, veteran status) in science with a unique opportunity to find a mentor in the medical field that shares a mutual interest.
The Summer Program for Future Doctors is another initiative of ODA
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Furthermore, Ms. Dixon serves currently as the Interim Chair for the Diversity Staff Alliance. Prior to this position, Ms. Dixon served as Office Coordinator for the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement at ECU. Additionally, she worked previously at ECU’s Ledonia Wright Cultural Center as the Program Assistant. Ms. Dixon is a graduate of Liberty University's School of Business with a Master of Arts in Business Management and Leadership. Ms. Dixon is also a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in African American Studies.
Vision and Management
Ms. Dixon shares the vision of ODA and believes BSOM should “strive to be a global leader in diversity research, data driven outcomes, education and programming, to serve and inspire positive change in academic medicine and beyond” (ECU, 2017c, para. 2). One way Ms. Dixon intends to accomplish this is through outreach initiatives. Specifically, one program ODA currently employs is connecting with Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students (MAPS) programs at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. These programs are subdivisions of the Student National Medical Association (mentioned previously). The goal of connecting with MAPS is to assist in recruiting minority students to BSOM who have an interest in pursuing a medical degree.
Another outreach initiative of ODA in its
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