Diversity Inclusion and Learning Environment Committee

The primary goal of the Diversity, Inclusion, and Learning Environment (DIALE) Committee is to support the Jacobs School in establishing a learning environment where all members are valued, respected, and provided with equal opportunities to thrive.

Supporting Our Community: Advocating for Change and Inclusion

We, the undersigned, join the University at Buffalo President in recognizing the devastating impact the recent brutal and unnecessary deaths of George Floyd and other African Americans have had on students, residents and fellows, faculty, staff and their family members and friends.

We are outraged by these attacks and share the sense of pain, grief and anger in our community. These horrendous actions demand a commitment to recognize and speak out against racism and nurture empathy, inclusion, diversity, equity and awareness.

We are committed to working together to continue building a community that embraces these values and fosters inclusive excellence. As we heal, we must advocate for change and move forward toward that goal with strength and determination.

To that end and with your support, our Diversity, Inclusion and Learning Environment Committee will convene virtual town hall meeting(s) this week to listen to your thoughts and suggestions for action.

We encourage everyone in the Jacobs School community to participate.

Michael Cain, MD
Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Diversity, Inclusion and Learning Environment Committee

  • Margarita L. Dubocovich, PhD
    Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion
  • Roseanne Berger, MD
    Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education
  • Alan Lesse, MD
    Senior Associate Dean for Medical Curriculum
  • David Milling, MD
    Senior Associate Dean for Students and Academic Affairs

News and Updates

Members of the DIALE committee are charged with the critical responsibility of staying relevant and attune to the changing needs of our shared community.

We aim to confront issues of racism, sexism, or any other forms of xenophobia that may prevent us from excelling as a unified academic institution.

Our challenge and opportunity is to bring faculty and students together to maintain a quality learning environment that is supportive and inclusive. It is our commitment to hold both our community and academic leadership to the standard of equity, equality, and respect for all members of the Jacobs School.

We hope with this committee's dedicated attention, we will best serve to address the various challenges that the Jacobs School may face related to diversity, inclusion and learning environment. 

Role and Responsibility

The Standing Committee on Diversity, Inclusion, and Learning Environment shall review the Diversity Policy of the Jacobs School, and advise the Faculty Council on relative policies and practices, to achieve appropriate diversity and inclusion among students, faculty and staff to ensure that the policy conforms to standards set forth by the University and the State University of New York.

The Committee shall also review and make recommendations to the Faculty Council in matters related to the Learning Environment Policy of the Jacobs School. This policy is designed to ensure a nurturing learning environment for all students. In this latter function, they are charged with meeting regularly to receive and address concerns and problems with the Jacobs School learning environment expressed by students, residents, or faculty.

They will also receive and act upon complaints of Learning Environment Policy violations made either through the internal system of the Jacobs School or through mechanisms provided by the University at Buffalo.


Meetings are held every first Tuesday of every other month at 4:30 PM.

Committee Members

Roseanne C. Berger, MD

Senior Associate Dean

Graduate Medical Education

955 Main Street, Room 7208, Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 829-6132; Fax: (716) 829-3999

Email: bergerrc@buffalo.edu

Dubocovich, Margarita

Margarita Dubocovich, PhD, FASPET, FACNP

SUNY Distinguished Professor; Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology; Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

955 Main Street (Room 3212) Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 829-4719/(716) 829-

Email: mdubo@buffalo.edu

Lesse, Alan

Alan Lesse, MD

Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Education; Senior Associate Dean for Medical Curriculum

Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, 955 Main Street, Room 7165 Buffalo, NY 14203-1121

Phone: (716) 829-3467

Email: camlesse@buffalo.edu

Milling, David

David Milling, MD

Associate Professor

955 Main Street, Room 1201 Buffalo, NY 14203-1121

Phone: 716-829-2802; Fax: 716-829-2798

Email: dmilling@buffalo.edu

Jonathan D. Daniels, MD.

Jonathan D. Daniels, MD

Associate Director of Admissions

Office of Medical Admissions

955 Main Street, Room 1100C, Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 829-3670

Email: jdd@buffalo.edu

Griswold, Kim Strong

Kim Strong Griswold, MD, MPH, RN, FAAFP

Professor of Family Medicine, Psychiatry, and Public Health and the Health Professions

UB Downtown Gateway, Department of Family Medicine Primary Care Research Institute, 77 Goodell Street, Suite 220U Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 816-7248

Email: griswol@buffalo.edu

Panepinto, John

John Panepinto, PhD

Professor, Director of Recruiting and Admissions, Ph.D. Program in Biomedical Sciences (PPBS)

955 Main Street, Room 5229 Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 829-2090

Email: jcp25@buffalo.edu

Pessar, Linda

Linda Pessar, MD

Director of Center for Medical Humanities and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry Emerita

Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Office of Medical Curriculum, Room 7164, 955 Main St. Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 829-3467

Email: lfp@buffalo.edu

Singh, Satpal

955 Main Street, Room 3223 Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 829-2453; Fax: (716) 829-2801

Email: singhs@buffalo.edu

Anyango Kamina, PhD.

Anyango Kamina, PhD

iSEED Scientific Workforce Specialist

955 Main Street, Room 7174, Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 829-2493

Email: dorothya@buffalo.edu

Pastor Denis Lee

Pastor Kinzer Pointer.

Pastor Kinzer M. Pointer

Pamela Emengo.

Pamela Emengo

M4 Student

Fatima Elabass

M4 Student


Karole Collier

M3 Student

Maria Coluccio.

Maria Coluccio

M3 Student

Shawn Gibson.

Shawn Gibson

M2 Student

Aswad Jackson.

Aswad Jackson

M2 Student

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