Published July 24, 2012
L. Dubocovich, PhD, has been named the inaugural senior
associate dean for inclusion and cultural enhancement.
“In addition to being an outstanding scientist, Dr. Dubocovich has the expertise, administrative leadership and visionary skills needed to lead the Office of Inclusion and Cultural Enhancement,” said Michael E. Cain, MD, dean of the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
Dubocovich will continue in her role as chair of the Department of
Pharmacology and Toxicology.
The new post was established to align with the school’s
diversity policy, Cain said. “Diversity within medical school
classes enhances the educational environment by helping students
break down stereotypes and racial biases, and challenge
This is accomplished by broadening students’ understanding of how language and culture affect medical care, and by teaching how students can enhance interactions with their patients and patients’ families by embracing differences in race, ethnicity and culture, Cain said.
The diversity policy also aims to raise students’
awareness of health and health care disparities in nearby
populations and to increase their interest in caring for patients
in underserved communities, as well as their overall civic
In 2008, UB recruited Dubocovich from Northwestern University, where she had founded and directed a highly successful professional development program for a diverse group of doctoral students in the biosciences.
In her first year at UB, she established a similar series of programs, named CLIMB (Collaborative Learning and Integrated Mentoring in the Biosciences).
CLIMB provides mentoring experiences for biosciences students at the undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral levels. It gives students from diverse and underrepresented populations the support they need to adapt and thrive in their field during college, graduate school and beyond.
The CLIMB programs complement other innovative medical school initiatives, Cain said, including the Post-Baccalaureate Program and the Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP).