Recruitment & Multicultural Affairs (ORMA)

A memorial dedicated to Brianna Taylor in Louisville

In the quest for social justice, symbolic changes go only so far

November 7, 2020
I exist in parallel universes. In one, I am a medical student and campus leader. In the other, I am a member of a systemically oppressive society and steward of my ancestors’ sacrifices. In both, I exist as a Black woman — and sometimes that identity makes these two universes clash.
2020 Nov 20

Revisiting the Highs and Lows of Public Health Practice,” by Dr. David Satcher

12:30pm to 1:30pm


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The Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership at Harvard Medical School is hosting the 2020 Howard, Dorsey, Still Lecture featuring the keynote presentation, “Revisiting the Highs and Lows of Public Health Practice,” by Dr. David Satcher, 16th Surgeon General of the United States.

Emily Lerosion, a leader in the Samburu tribe in northern Kenya, shared COVID-19 information that was produced as part of the Translations 4 Our Nations project. Image: Emily Lerosion

Harvard medical student knocks down a big barrier to COVID-19 info

September 26, 2020
When Victor Lopez-Carmen graduates from Harvard Medical School, he’ll be one of only about 3,500 Native American physicians. This relatively small number means that Native Americans often can’t get representative care: For every 100,000 Native people in the United States, there are only 65 physicians of the same background.
William Augustus Hinton. Image: Stephen Coit

Winds of Change

September 23, 2020
Harvard Medical School Dean George Q. Daley has approved a recommendation from a Faculty Council Subcommittee on Artwork and Cultural Representations task force to rename the Oliver Wendell Holmes academic society in honor of the late William Augustus Hinton, MD 1912, an HMS clinical professor of bacteriology and immunology. Read the full article by M.R.F. BuckleyRead more about Winds of Change
2020 Sep 29

LGBTQ and Allies Reception

5:30pm to 7:00pm


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LGBTQ and Allies Reception for faculty, staff, residents, fellows, post-docs and students of HMS, HSDM, affiliated hospitals and others of the Harvard community. Join the virtual party! 

Wear something to  show your Pride or Solidaity!

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Participants in the Poussaint Pre-Matriculation Summer Program (PPSP) at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Show Must Go On

August 12, 2020

Despite coronavirus challenges, 3 HMS summer programs innovate, inspire:

“Way back in March, we knew things were going to be very different. It was clear COVID was going to impact everything in some way,” said Christopher De La Cerda, recruitment and student life manager in the Harvard Medical School Office of Recruitment and Multicultural Affairs (ORMA) and coordinator of the Poussaint Prematriculation Summer Program (PPSP).

students on a Zoom meeting

Like No Other

August 6, 2020

“Your journey here begins in extraordinary times,” said Dean George Q. Daley, acknowledging the uncertainty, and even anxiety, that this year’s incoming Harvard medical and dental students may be feeling as they begin their studies remotely this month, in the midst of a global pandemic.

Daley’s remarks came during the dean’s welcoming address to members of the Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine Class of 2024 on Aug. 3. Gathering via teleconference, they were joined by fellow classmates located all around the...

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Associate Dean Andrea Reid

New Leadership for ORMA

July 14, 2020
Thirty-two years after earning her MD from Harvard Medical School, Andrea Reid, MD ’88, MPH ’01, has returned as the new associate dean for student and multicultural affairs in the Program in Medical Education. She will also serve as director of the Office of Recruitment and Multicultural Affairs, succeeding Alvin Poussaint, who established ORMA and led it for 50 years, until his retirement in June 2019.
Erythema Migrans on Skin of Different Colors

Medical Education Is Missing the Bull’s-eye

June 25, 2020
Moving through the world as a black woman, I am accustomed to not being represented as “the norm.” Everything from the hue of the Band-Aids that cover my wounds to the heroes in the movies I watch makes me acutely aware of my deviation from what is typical and expected: I am black and female, whereas the world represented around me is often white and male. For me and for many members of minority groups in the United States, this realization does not come as an epiphany but is instead an essential fact that we must come to understand to navigate the world in which we live. It was not until I... Read more about Medical Education Is Missing the Bull’s-eye
Students and faculty members at HMS held a die-in in 2014. David L. Ryan, The Boston Globe.

Police brutality is our lane too, doctors say.

June 5, 2020

Last week we found ourselves sharing yet again — first with anger, then with despair — the story and horrific images of another black life being stolen by police brutality.

We tried to focus on our routine activities, like preparing coffee to help us get through another day in the hospital. Our hearts were heavy, our minds racing.