Diversity, Inclusion and Learning Environment

The Standing Committee on Diversity, Inclusion and Learning Environment will 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 will 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.


Co-chairs Until 2020

Permanent Members

  • Roseanne Berger, MD, senior associate dean for graduate medical education
    Department of Family Medicine
  • Alan Lesse, MD, senior associate dean for medical curriculum
    Department of Medicine
  • David Milling, MD, senior associate dean for academic and student affairs
    Department of Medicine
  • Linda Pessar-Cowan, MD, director of the center for medical humanities
    Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Faculty Members 2019-2021 Term

  • Jonathan Daniels, MD

Medical Students

  • Shawn Gibson, second year
  • Aswad Jackson, second year
  • Karole Collier, third-year
  • Maria Coluccio, third-year
  • Fatima Elabass, fourth-year
  • Pamela Emengo, fourth-year

MD/PhD Student

  • Megan Conrow

PhD Graduate Student

  • Rasheen Powell
  • Jamal Williams

Postdoctoral Scientist

  • Jennifer Martin

Medical Resident

  • Taryn Spencer, MD

Professional Staff Member

  • Anayango Kamina, PhD

Community Representatives

  • Pastor Dennis Lee, Jr.
  • Pastor Kinzer Pointer