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Student Diversity Taskforce

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 Student Diversity Task Force. Comprised initially of faculty, staff, and students, the Student Diversity Task Force 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. The Task Force has expanded over time to include dedicated alumni and community leaders.

Key initiatives in which the Task Force 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

Task Force Members:



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

Willette Burnham, PhD
Executive Director, MUSC Student Programs and Director Student Diversity

David Morrisette, PT, PhD, OCS, ATC
Director and Professor, Physical Therapy

Karen A. Wager, DBA
Professor and Associate Dean for Student Affairs

Leslie Brady
Director of Development
Lilia Correa, MPA
Adminstrative Coordinator
Department of Healthcare Leadership & Management
Cami Meyer, MEd
Director, Student Life and Recruitment
Sherri Scott
Administrative Specialist
Office of Student Life and Recruitment
Morgan Best
Residential Master of Health Administration Student
2014 Graduate
Grace Wallenborn
Physician Assistant Studies Student
2014 Graduate

Alumni and Community Members

Angel Bryant, OT
Regional Operations Manager
Functional Pathways Rehabilitation
YaKima Rhinehart
Executive Director of College Summit

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