Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

African American/black history month

African American/Black History Month is an annual celebration taking place each February to celebrate the achievements of African Americans throughout history in the fields of science, art, politics, education, health, and more. It is also a time to pay tribute to the many generations of African Americans – past and present – who have and continue to struggle with adversity.

NEOMED is proud to continue its annual observation of African American History Month with the following campus-wide events.

Anti-Racism Workshop series: the physician-patient perspective

Hosted by the Student National Medical Association (SNMA)

Friday, Feb. 5, 12pm

This workshop will explore several topics in the realm of the health provider’s duty to provide culturally sensitive care to patients. The topic of intersectionality (gender, race, sexuality) will be discussed, gathering insight from a transgender patient, Ms. Soloné Allen, and a Cleveland Clinic physician, Dr. Kendalle Cobb.

Students, faculty and staff are invited to join this important discussion and Q&A to learn more about how you can advocate for and exercise respect towards to your fellow peers, coworkers, students, patients, and more! No sign-up necessary.

Zoom Link

Meeting ID:731 002 184


Black Maternal Mortality disparities

Hosted by the Black Student Association (BSA), Student National Medical Association (SNMA), and Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA)

Friday, Feb. 5, 6pm

It is no secret that Black women are two to three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than white women. Eloho Akpovi is a current 4th-year medical student at Warren Alpert Medical School (AMS) of Brown University. With her deep passion for advocacy, health equality, and racial justice, Akpovi will teach us about policy and what we, as future practitioners, can do to positively impact policy that impacts our patients. 

Zoom Link

Black history month jeopardy!

Hosted by the Student National Medical Association (SNMA)

Monday, Feb. 15, 12pm

Once again, in recognition of Black History Month, SNMA will be hosting a game in the style of Jeopardy! The categories will focus on the contributions of Black individuals in medicine, science, and American culture. Join us for a time of learning, entertainment, and prizes!

All contestants will receive a $10 Chipotle gift card. Winners will receive a $25 Amazon gift card!

No sign-up necessary. Students, staff, and faculty are invited to join!

Zoom Link

Meeting ID:731 002 184


How to be a social justice advocate post-election

Hosted by the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) and the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA)

Friday, Feb. 19, 6pm

This will be a four-person panel discussion moderated by Dr. Mary Massie-Story.

Zoom Link

Black men in white coats: documentary & panel discussion

Sponsored by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 6pm

This documentary dissects the systemic barriers preventing Black men from becoming doctors. NEOMED students, faculty and staff are invited to join the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for this two-part event.

Part I. Those who register on Eventbrite by Feb.19 will receive a Zoom link for the panel discussion AND a link to view the 80-minute documentary on their own any time over a 3-day streaming window beginning Feb. 19 at 6pm and ending Feb. 22 at 6pm.

Part II. After registrants have had an opportunity to view the film on their own over the 3-day streaming window, we will be hosting a virtual panel discussion on Feb. 23 at 6pm. The panel will be comprised of African American male physicians and NEOMED alumni. Discussion topics will include: What challenges do Black boys face? What if we had a medical workforce that actually reflected our patient population? And, who is at fault for this crisis?

View the official trailer here.

About the Panelists

Dr. Duane Taylor (’85)

Duane J. Taylor, M.D. is the Medical Director of Le Visage ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery, LLC in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Taylor has over 27 years of experience in clinical practice in the metropolitan Washington area. He has been involved in numerous activities and organizations related to community service, medical education and organized medicine.

Over the years, Dr. Taylor has also been involved in the teaching of medical students and residents from George Washington University and Georgetown University. He has been a contributing editor and author of two books, and has traveled extensively throughout the world, including medical missions to South America.

Dr. Stephen Campbell (’16)

Stephen Campbell, M.D. is a native of Akron, OH and attended the University of Akron before earning his M.D. at the Northeast Ohio Medical University as part of the accelerated B.S./M.D. program. He completed his anesthesiology residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, and he is currently completing a fellowship in regional anesthesiology at the University of California San Diego.

Dr. George Ilodi

George Ilodi, D.O. is the Summa Health System – Barberton Campus Site Director for Inpatient Medical Services. He graduated from Ohio University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Ilodi completed his residency at Summa in Internal Medicine.

Dr. Ilodi now volunteers with students performing sports physicals for the underserved and is happily married with 3 beautiful children.


Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Phone: 330.325.6736
Email: diversity@neomed.edu


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