Dr. Margarita Dubocovich and lab members.

Our office was established in 2012 with the appointment of Dr. Margarita L. Dubocovich, SUNY Distinguished Professor and Chair of Pharmacology and Toxicology (2006-2016), as Inaugural Senior Associate Dean for Inclusion and Cultural Enhancement.

Our Focus

  • To develop policies and practices to create a welcoming, supportive and inclusive environment for all members of the medical school community and the people we serve.
  • To promote strategies to attract and develop an excellent faculty by expanding departmental collaborations and outreach activities.  
  • To enhance professional and career development programs for all members of the clinical and scientific workforce.
  • To inform the biomedical community on topics related to cultural competence, health equity, and community engagement. 

Guiding Principles

Diversity: A core value that embodies inclusiveness, mutual respect, and multiple perspectives, and serves as a catalyst for change.

Inclusion: A core element for successfully achieving diversity. Inclusion is achieved by nurturing the climate and culture of the institution through professional development, education, policy, and practice.

Health Equity: When everyone has the opportunity to attain their full health potential, and no one is disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of their social position or other socially determined circumstance.

Sources: Association of American Medical Colleges; Centers for Disease Control