Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Embracing Diversity Series

The events in this series celebrate multiple dimensions of diversity and are designed to generate meaningful discussions about the benefits of diversity, equity and inclusion in healthcare professions. All NEOMED students, faculty and staff are invited to attend!

Dr. Brant Lee – Overview of the United States and the call for Equity

Collaboration with the College of Medicine

Wednesday, September 1 from 12:00-1:30pm

Professor Lee will discuss why race is so hard to talk about. He’ll lay out a historical perspective on how law in the United States created inequality, focusing in particular on disparities in health and wealth. And he’ll add a personal note, from the perspective of his own Chinese ancestry, on how Asian Americans figure into this discussion of race and the law.  Brant Lee earned a B.A. from The University of California at Berkeley and both J.D. and Master of Public Policy degrees from Harvard University. Prior to joining the University Akron Law faculty, Professor Lee worked as an attorney in private practice in San Francisco, served as Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, and briefly served as acting Deputy Staff Secretary and Special Assistant to the President in the White House. He currently serves as Chair of the Akron Civil Rights Commission and Co-Director of the Akron Law PLUS (Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars) Program, a diversity pipeline program funded by the Law School Admission Council. Please use the following link to join the event: Please join the meeting by clicking here.

Diagnosing the USA’s Demography: El vigor de los Hispanos en Estados Unidos.

Collaboration with the College of Medicine & the NEOMED Latino Medical Student Association 

Thursday, September 9 from 6:30-8:00pm

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month 2021, join us for an interactive, informative discussion, with lively conversation to follow. Current students, faculty and staff, partner institutions constituents, prospective students, community members, and other friends of NEOMED- Essentially, everyone is invited and encouraged to attend! Please join the meeting here. 

Latin America Travel Fair

Wednesday, October 6th – 12:00-2:00pm @ NEW Center Watanakunakorn Atrium

Experience the cultura of 5 of the many Hispanic/Latino countries represented by our students on campus. There will be food, giveaways, raffles and a piñata! See also the attached graphic.

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Employee Safe Space Training

Faculty & Staff Only Session: Tuesday, October 19 from 12:00-1:30pm
Please RSVP here: https://2021safespaceEMP.eventbrite.com

Sexual orientation is an important component of the University’s definition of diversity. To further Northeast Ohio Medical University’s commitment to creating a diverse and welcoming environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) students, faculty, staff and guests, the University launched an initiative called SafeSpace in 2013. The SafeSpace initiative is designed to provide dedicated resources to members of the LGBTQ community at NEOMED, their allies, family, and friends. Faculty and staff understanding LGBTQ students’ needs and developmental processes can greatly help them flourish at NEOMED. Event will be held in Meshel Hall, room R-146. 

Title IX Workshop Series

Please join Molly O’Malley to take a deeper dive into Title IX Regulations and how they impact each of us at NEOMED. In August 2020, the U.S. Department of Education’s new Title IX regulations took effect. Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex ― including harassment ― in education programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance. Ms. O’Malley will go over the new regulations in detail including the reporting process, investigation process, and the live hearing. There will also be provided scenarios and opportunities for participants to discuss what they would do in certain situations as well as understanding how to be a bystander. We will also discuss roles in reporting and how to bridge discussions if someone discloses to you.

In order to make sure everyone on campus is aware of the current regulations and policies by which all students, faculty and staff must abide, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is requiring all faculty and staff to attend a live Title IX workshop with Title IX coordinator, Molly O’Malley. Students are not required to attend the live session due to the online Title IX training requirements already in place, but they are strongly encouraged and welcome to attend the workshops.


November 15

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to join the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin and Northeast Ohio Medical University Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for this year’s Diwali Celebration. Diwali is the Indian culture’s Festival of Lights and signifies the true essence of life where good overcomes evil.

Dia de Los Muertos

Monday, October 25 – Monday, November 1 In the NEOMED Inclusivity Center

 Please join us in celebrating the Mexican holiday Día de Muertos. We invite the NEOMED community to bring a photo of a loved one and/or a small memento to display on the ‘Ofrenda’ as we remember our family and friends who are no longer with us. Día de Muertos is a celebration of life. Photos and mementos can be dropped off at the Inclusivity Center any time during the week but must be retrieved by November 2 at noon.

Visit the Inclusivity Center between 11:00am -1:00pm on November 1 to celebrate with pan y chocolate.

Want to know more about Día de Muertos? Check out this video! “What is the Day of the Dead?” National Geographic (2:06)

2021 Valuing Community & Diversity Awards Reception

November 30 from 5:00pm-7:00pm

RSVP: https://2021awardsbanquet.eventbrite.com

Please join NEOMED faculty, staff, and students as we learn about some of the great work our students, faculty, & staff have accomplished as well as a statement on University’s continued commitment to embracing diversity and fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment. During the reception, we will be presenting our Community Builder Award and our Pharmacy Diversity and Inclusion Excellence Award winners, both given annually to deserving students as nominated by the NEOMED community and their mentors. For the first time, we will also be presenting the Faculty Excellence in Diversity Award and the Staff Excellence in Diversity Award. We will also be providing our Annual State of Diversity Address. Tickets are free and light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP by November 15, 2021. Event will be held in Cook Alumni Hall.

Please click here to nominate a faculty or staff member or student for one of our awards.


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


Employment and academic discrimination against any individual on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status is prohibited.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Northeast Ohio Medical University