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Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement

Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement staff and student council representatives

Diversity, Inclusion & Commuinity Engagement Brochure

The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine is opening new frontiers in education, research and patient care. Our mission is leading healthcare in education, research and patient care. Our goals are uncompromising quality, exceptional service, innovative education, advancing knowledge and institutional strength.

As part of the ongoing efforts regarding diversity and inclusion within the College of Medicine, the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement (ODICE) was created by the Office of the Dean to further enhance its commitment to recruiting and retaining a diverse student body. The office works closely with the University of Oklahoma, as well as the Health Science Center Office of Diversity & Inclusion to enhance and preserve diversity and inclusion within the HSC campus and to continue to cultivate meaningful relationships with the surrounding community through outreach initiatives. The College of Medicine will now directly manage the diversity initiatives for its students by planning, implementing, and evaluating strategies to further diversity and inclusion. ODICE will routinely engage in ongoing, systematic, and focused recruitment and retention activities to achieve our mission focused outcomes among students. Our team consists of the Assistant Dean for Diversity, Dr. Roberto Salinas, MD, Director of Multicultural Engagement Natasha Mickel, Ph.D.  and Recruitment and Admissions Coordinators for Student Diversity, Candice Teets, Jasmine Small, and Laura Cueto.

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Dr. Salinas

Roberto Salinas, M.D.
Assistant Dean for Diversity
OU College of Medicine

Natasha Mickel, Ph.D.
Director of Multicultural Engagement 
OU College of Medicine

Candice Teets

Candice Teets
Recruitment and Admissions
Coordinator for Student Diversity

Laura Cueto
Recruitment and Admissions
Coordinator for Student Diversity

Jasmine Small

Jasmine Small
Recruitment and Admissions
Coordinator for Student Diversity

Diversity Statement

Introduction

The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine (OUCOM) is committed to advancing diversity at all
levels. OUCOM recognizes that the inclusion of talented individuals from different backgrounds benefits
medical education, patient care, population health, and scientific discovery.

Diversity and the College Mission 

In keeping with OU Medicine’s mission “Leading Health Care – in patient care, education, and research…,” the OUCOM Diversity Alliance seeks to leverage the transformative power of equity and diversity through pipeline programs, mentorship, faculty recruitment, research, and community engagement for the advancement of excellence in healthcare, medical education, and health equity for all residents in the state of Oklahoma.

Faculty Spotlight

Juan Claros SortoBorn and raised in El Salvador, in the middle of the Salvadorian civil war Juan Carlos Claros-Sorto, MD. witnessed the death and violence of war; which later translated to gang violence. At the age of 16 he moved to the United States, Atlanta Georgia where he finished his high school education. He attended College at William Paterson University in Wayne NJ where he received his Bachelor degree in Biology graduating Summa Cum Laude. Juan Carlos Claros-Sorto, MD attended medical school at Meharry Medical College; one of the oldest HBCUs in the US; where I graduated with honors in 2012. His training then took him to the University of Oklahoma for General surgery and later to Texas Tech University for surgical oncology training. Dr. Claros Sorto joined the University of Oklahoma as assistant professor of surgery where he also forms part of the Diversity and Inclusion task force committee. He specializes in breast cancer and have become the Breast Cancer clinic director at Stephenson Cancer Center.

Student Spotlight

Jamalje20Born and raised in Basseterre, Saint Kitts, Jamalje Bassue immigrated to Norman, Oklahoma where he received his Bachelors of Science in Biology from the University of Oklahoma in May 2019. He matriculated into the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine later that year. He is positioned at the intersection of many social identities and he believes it is critical to address the disparities in healthcare outcomes between different socioeconomic groups.

 

 

Graduate Spotlight

Caleb Shahbandeh is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and a recent graduate of the University of Oklahoma (OU) School of Community Medicine in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His undergraduate education was at OU-Norman where completed degrees in Chem/Biochem and Biomedical Sciences; and before medical school he obtained an MPH at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) and worked for his tribe as a Health Educator for two years. Throughout public health and medical school, Caleb was involved in the OUHSC Native American Student Association (NASA) and with the national Association of Native American Medical Students (ANAMS). Working with ANAMS, he held the elected positions of Allied Health Liaison, Treasurer, President-Elect, and President throughout my years. Being active in NASA, ANAMS and its parent organization, the Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP), provided him with an amazing amount of support and opportunities over the years. Caleb is proud of my Native American heritage and will always cherish his time at OU. As for the future, he matched into a General Surgery residency and look forward to continuing his professional training at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas.