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College Diversity Committee

A critical strategic goal of the College of Health Professions is to increase student diversity and ensure that all graduates are culturally competent. To achieve this goal, several years ago Dr. Lisa Saladin, Dean of the College established a College Diversity Committee. Comprised initially of faculty, staff, and students, this committee identified and has begun to implement strategies for recruiting and retaining a diverse student body, and for ensuring that the learning environment provides ample opportunity for students to develop cultural competency.

Key initiatives in which the Committee has been involved:

  • Sponsoring Student Essay Writing Contest on the Value of Diversity in the Healthcare Workforce
  • Hosting Health Advisors Day
  • Increasing Scholarship Opportunities for Students
  • Expanding Recruitment Activities Among High School students
  • Assessing Cultural Competency Content in Curricula
  • Administering Cultural Empathy Survey to New Students
  • Supporting the Summer Careers Academy for Minority Students Interested in Health Professions
  • Partnering with MUSC Student Organizations to Host Student Events Promoting Diversity and Inclusion

Committee Members:



Hazel Breland, Phd, OTR/L
Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy

Sandy Brotherton, PT, PhD
Professor & Admissions Coordinator, Physical Therapy

Jami DelliFraine, PhD
Director and Professor, Master in Health Administration

Aaron Embry, PT, DPT, MSCR
Research Associate, Physical Therapy

Rick Segal, PT,  PhD, FAPTA
Professor and Chair, Department of Health Professions

Naomi Sampson
Director, Executive Operations and Project Management
Cristina Reyes Smith, OTD, OTR/L
Instructor, Division of Occupational Therapy
Craig Velozo, PhD, OTR
Director and Professor, Occupational Therapy


Karen A. Wager, DBA
Professor and Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Chair, CHP Diversity Committee


D'Andra Roper
Program Assistant
Center for Rehabilitation Research in Neurological Conditions

Adrienne Edge
Associate Director of Student Diversity & Community Outreach
Office of Student Life & Recruitment


Spencer Baron
Student, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Class of 2019
Elizabeth Brown
Doctoral Candidate, PhD in Health & Rehabilitation Sciences
Class of 2019

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