Diversity & Multicultural Affairs


Established in 1976, the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (ODMA) is a dynamic resource offering academic, professional, and personal support programs to students, faculty and staff.


To create a learning and training environment that fosters equity, diversity, and inclusivity within the Warren Alpert Medical School.

Social Mission

To promote social responsibility, active engagement, and the well being of our communities in the pursuit of health equity.


  1. To coordinate recruitment efforts of students, faculty and trainees who are underrepresented in medicine*, and biology.
  2. To provide academic, personal, professional career development and social support to students, faculty and trainees who are underrepresented in medicine, and biology.
  3. To collaborate with offices and centers across the University to offer culturally competent educational programming and related support to all members of the Division of Biology and Medicine community including The Warren Alpert Medical School and Program in Biology.

*Underrepresented in medicine means those racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population.” – Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Executive Committee, March 19, 2004. 

Source: https://www.aamc.org/initiatives/urm/

“ People of diverse races, religions, countries of origin, sexual orientations, gender identities, ethnicities, military statuses, socioeconomic levels, ages, viewpoints, abilities, documentation statuses are welcome here. ”

Strategic Plan

The Office of Diversity Multicultural Affairs is a stakeholder in the Medical School’s new Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP), which enumerates key priorities, proposes timelines, and establishes accountability in the effort to make inclusiveness the norm for medical students, residents, and faculty. 

View the plan