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Dean's Advisory Committee on Diversity & Inclusion


  • Lawrence Chin, MD, Dean, College of Medicine



  • Lenore Boris, JD, Associate Dean, Binghamton Clinical Campus
  • Ann Botash, MD, Senior Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs
  • Malika Carter, PhD, Interim Chief Diversity Officer
  • Nakeia Chambers, Diversity Initiatives Specialist
  • Stephen Contreras, Director of Student Retention
  • Rebecca Garden, PhD, Assistant Dean, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Sharon Huard, Associate Dean, Student Affairs & Campus Life
  • Danielle Katz, MD, Associate Dean, Graduate Medical Education
  • Leann Lesperance, MD, PhD, Interim Associate Dean, Curriculum
  • Sipho Mbuqe, PhD, Senior Counselor, Student Counseling Service
  • Lisa Neerukonda, MPH, Academic Affairs
  • Brian Thompson, MD, Assistant Dean for Diversity
  • Zulma Tovar-Spinoza, MD, Associate Dean for Diversity & Inclusion
  • Grace VanNortwick, Chief of Staff, Dean's Office
  • Jennifer Welch, Chief Enrollment Management Officer
  • Julie White, PhD, Associate VP, Educational Services

Faculty Reps

  • Olamide Ajagbe, MD, Pediatrics
  • Daryll Dykes, MD, PhD, JD, Associate Professor, Orthopedic Surgery
  • Michael Williams, MD, Pathology
  • Wei-Dong Yao, PhD, Psychiatry, Neuroscience & Physiology

Student Members

  • Milladge Griffin, MSI
  • Adaobi Ikpeze, MSII
  • Nia Jagroop, MSIV
  • Desirree Pizarro, MSIII
  • Angelique Woods, MSII

Resident Members

  • Julia Ciurria, MD, PGY1, Pediatrics (appointed January 2018)
  • Stephanie Gleicher, MD, PGY-2, Urology (appointed January 2018)
  • Bakhtier Nurmukhamedov, MD, PGY-3, Neurology (appointed January 2018)

~ Faculty representatives are recommended by the Medical College Assembly Executive Committee and appointed by the dean.  Faculty members will serve 2-year terms which may be renewed for up to 6 years.


The Dean’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion is charged with advancing diversity in the College of Medicine.  Specifically, the committee will:

  • Periodically review the Diversity and Inclusion Policy, including identification of mission-appropriate diversity categories for medical students, faculty and senior administrative staff.
  • Ensure the school has effective policies and practices in place, and engages in ongoing, systematic, and focused recruitment and retention activities to achieve mission-appropriate diversity outcomes among students, faculty, senior administrative staff, and other relevant members of its academic community.
  • Review strategies, programs and outcomes related to recruitment and retention of medical students, faculty, and senior administrative leadership from COM-defined diversity categories.
  • Review activities related to the administration and delivery of programs (e.g. pipeline programs) aimed at developing a diverse pool of medical school applicants, both locally and nationally.
  • Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness (including outcome data) of pipeline programs and of other programs to support school-defined diversity among students, faculty, and senior administrative staff.
  • Conduct an annual review of the progress of departmental diversity and inclusion action plans.
  • Prepare an annual report to be shared with university leadership, faculty, and students.
  • Align the work of the committee and College of Medicine efforts in advancing diversity with the university-wide Strategic Plan for Diversity.

Dean's Policy on Diversity & Inclusion in the College of Medicine

College of Medicine Diversity & Inclusion Plan

Meeting Minutes

3 pm in Doust Boardroom