Message from Dr. Cristina Reyes Smith, Diversity Liaison, CHP
Thank you for your interest in the MUSC College of Health Professions Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives. Our institution has demonstrated a sincere commitment to the diverse needs of the people of South Carolina and beyond. Our incredible students initiated and run the CARES Free Therapy Clinic for uninsured and under-insured individuals in our local community. Our nationally-recognized faculty and staff are also involved in the new Inclusion to Innovation Summit hosted in Charleston each year by our University Diversity Office. In addition, our faculty coordinate local programs such as the annual Training In Grantsmanship for Rehabilitation Research (TIGRR) Workshop, conduct state-of-the-art research through our Center for Rehabilitation Research in Neurological Conditions, and actively participate in student recruitment initiatives such as the AHEC Summer Careers Academy for under-represented students from or living in South Carolina. Our CHP Student Diversity Leadership Council hosts regular events and celebrations to enrich the academic experiences of all CHP Students.
A few additional highlights related to diversity and inclusion at MUSC:
- MUSC recently received the INSIGHT into Diversity Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award.
- The AAMC ranks MUSC in the 96th percentile for African-American students graduating from medical school.
- MUSC was recently in the Top 100 Best Places for Diversity Employment by Forbes Magazine.
- The National Association of Minority Contractors recently recognized the new MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children Hospital as Project of the Year for Supplier Diversity due to the commitment of the university to support small businesses owned by women and minorities.
Our MUSC College of Health Professions has a College Diversity Liaison positioned to promote faculty and staff diversity and inclusion as well as college-wide initiatives. We also have an Associate Director for Student Diversity and Community Outreach in the Office of Student Life and Student Recruitment.
You will find additional information about our academic programs and other opportunities with the MUSC College of Health Professions through our new CHP Overview Video on our home page at College of Health Professions. We offer regular Info Sessions and conduct webinars with student organizations as well. Please feel free to contact us for additional information about our University or our beautiful and diverse city of Charleston.
Cristina Reyes Smith, OTD, OTR/L
Assistant Professor, Division of Occupational Therapy
Diversity Liaison, College of Health Professions
Medical University of South Carolina
Message from Adrienne Edge, MEd, Associate Director of Student Diversity & Community Outreach, CHP
The College of Health Professions strives to provide an environment where all students feel welcomed, valued and included regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, and other identifying qualities. We strive to provide opportunities to engage in dialogue of how our differences can benefit the patients that we will eventually serve and encourage all students to own their unique identities. Our events and initiatives are thoughtfully implemented based on students’ needs with the goal of enhancing the cultural components of the academic curriculum. Our hope is that students will be able to use what they learn through these experiences with their patients and throughout their professional careers.
Adrienne Edge, MEd
Associate Director of Student Diversity and Community Outreach, College of Health Professions
Medical University of South Carolina