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Group on Diversity Affairs (GDA)

The diversity mission of the College of Medicine is to create an environment that fosters cultural understanding, cultural competency and opportunities for individuals of all backgrounds. To support our mission and our vision to become a nationally recognized model of excellence for U.S. Medical Schools, the GDA works to enhance diversity among our students, residents and faculty by implementing and maintaining programs designed to support under-represented in medicine individuals*.  Our initiatives include pipeline programs designed to provide exposure to middle, high school and undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a career in medicine; mentoring programs for current medical students with ongoing support to foster success throughout the basic science and clinical years; resident programs that provide mentoring for our residents and foster relationships with physicians in the community of Charleston; and faculty programs that focuses on various aspects of diversity.  The GDA has an “open-door” policy and is readily available to assist all members of the College of Medicine. 

*The College of Medicine defines diversity specifically related to under-represented in medicine individuals (African-Americans, Native-Americans, and Hispanics) and women in leadership positions.


Michael A. de Arellano, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Dean for Diversity
Twitter: @M_deArellano
Faculty Biography
Marques Bradshaw, M.D., M.S.C.R.
Assistant Dean for Resident Inclusion
Faculty Biography
Natalie Johnson, MA
Director of Education and Strategic Diversity Initiatives
Kelli Jenkins, B.A.
Program Coordinator for Diversity Affairs
Sherrie Nesbitt
Administrative Assistant
PH 472, 792-5214


The Journey to Graduation – Profiles of Our Diverse Graduates


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