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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion News & Events

News/In the Media

"Destination Excellence: Perspective from a Progressive Past"
Pulse (Winter 2016)

"The Philadelphia LGBTQI Symposium"
Pulse (Fall 2016)

"Drexel College of Medicine Among Top 10 Medical Schools With the Most African-American Students"
Drexel News Blog (September 21, 2016)

"The Challenge of Unconscious Bias"
Pulse (Summer 2016)

"Medical Student Wins Award for Developing Prenatal Program"
Drexel Now (July 27, 2016)

"10 Medical Schools With the Most African-Americans"
U.S. News & World Report (July 26, 2016)

"The View From Residency"
Pulse (Winter/Spring 2016)

"Drexel Black Doctors Network"
Pulse (Fall 2015)

Ongoing/Annual Events

Batts Dinner

Each year during the spring, a dinner is held for all the underrepresented graduating seniors, alumni, and faculty in honor of Dr. James Batts, who was the first African American physician at the Medical College of Pennsylvania.

Big Brother/Sister Picnic

Drexel College of Medicine Student National Medical Association hosted a Bigs/Littles BBQ for Drexel's Graduate Studies students.

The Drexel University College of Medicine Student National Medical Association hosts an annual Big Brother/Sister Picnic for Drexel's Graduate Studies students in the Drexel Pathway to Medical School Program (DPMS) in September on the Queen Lane campus.

Black History Month (February)

Every February, Philadelphia celebrates African-American culture's influence on the city's rich history with special events such as film screenings, art exhibits, history tours and more.

See how Philadelphia celebrated Black History Month in 2016.

Diversity Welcome Breakfast for Underrepresented in Medicine Students

Diversity Welcome Breakfast for Under-Represented in Medicine Students

The Diversity Welcome Breakfast is held annually for the incoming underrepresented in medicine students during orientation week. The breakfast allows students from the upper classes to welcome first-year students who self-identify as underrepresented in medicine. With the breakfast taking place during orientation week, the event serves as a nice icebreaker for the new students, letting them know that, while they may identify as under-represented, they are not alone at Drexel.

Diversity Welcome Picnic

At the start of the academic year, the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion hosts a welcome picnic for all students who have self-identified as underrepresented in medicine.

Holiday Event

Each year, there is a holiday event where students from diverse backgrounds can come and socialize together in a relaxed atmosphere.

Latino Heritage Month (September 15 to November 26)

From parades to art exhibits, Philadelphia offers a wide range of activities celebrating Latino art and culture.

See how Philadelphia celebrated Latino Heritage Month in 2016.

Martin Luther King Day of Service

The Martin Luther King Day of Service in Philadelphia is the largest MLK event in the country. Thousands of Philadelphians participate all over the region.

Learn about the College of Medicine's 2016 activities.

National Coming Out Day (October 9, 2016)

National Coming Out Day is celebrated in Philadelphia as part of the Outfest, an extensive festival area that includes restaurants, bars and dance parties.

Learn about 2016's Outfest.

National Gay Pride Month (June)

There are Pride celebrations throughout Philadelphia during National Gay Pride Month, including the LGBT Pride Parade and Festival.

Learn about 2016's LGBT Pride Parade and Festival.

Staff Grand Rounds

Staff Ground Rounds is a continuing education series for frontline clinical staff. Each learning session is designed to help attendees sharpen skills, keep up with the changing demands of today’s health care environment, and continue professional growth. All clinical staff are welcome to attend these sessions. Attendance is mandatory for medical assistants, who may earn CE credit for their participation.

See upcoming dates and topics.

Women's History Month (March)

The College of Medicine history includes our heritage as the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania, the first medical school in the world for women. Visit the Doctor or Doctress? website. Explore American history through the stories of women physicians.

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