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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. 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.

 ODICE will routinely engage in ongoing, systematic, and focused recruitment and retention activities to achieve our mission focused outcomes among students.

OU College of Medicine Diversity Staff



Robert C. Salinas, MD 

Assistant Dean of Diversity College of Medicine

Roberto C. Salinas, MD is an Associate Professor at the University Of Oklahoma College Of Medicine and holds an appointment in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. Being the son of parents who were migrant farmworkers and the first in his family to graduate from college, continuous self-development and service to others help define Dr. Salinas’ approach to academic life. Dr. Salinas is board certified in family medicine and holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in geriatric medicine as well as hospice and palliative medicine. Dr. Salinas is a graduate of the University of California Irvine and the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Dr. Salinas completed his residency training in family medicine at the University of Oklahoma where he served as chief resident before completing a fellowship in geriatric medicine. Dr. Salinas is also a graduate of the Stanford University School of Medicine Faculty Development program and the Harvard Medical School Faculty Scholars Program in Palliative Care Education and Practice. Dr. Salinas has also taken graduate-level coursework at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and earned a certificate in Patient Safety from the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality. He serves as Director of Community Medicine for the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine where he teaches a curriculum that introduces medical learners to community-based health services. This program is aimed at improving health status and reducing health care disparities. Dr. Salinas is also the founding Medical Director of the OU Medicine program in Palliative Care that now includes both an adult and pediatric hospital-based consultative service. He also serves as Assistant Dean for the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement. Dr. Salinas has been recognized for his contributions to medical education and has received numerous teaching awards.


1637666252327534899Laura Cueto M.A.

Recruitment and Admissions Coordinator

Laura Cueto M.A. earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations and Spanish from Texas Tech University. She earned her Master’s Degree in Communication Studies from Eastern New Mexico. Laura began her higher education career as a Student Retention Coordinator at a community college in rural New Mexico. She implemented a campus wide student retention system that was designed to help students achieve success in their classes and beyond. While serving in this role, she also was heavily involved with student organizations like the Hispanic Student Organization and more. Today, Laura serves as a Recruitment and Admissions Coordinator for the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement for The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine working committed to upholding a climate of equality and inclusion for all students. Laura works on outreach and recruitments efforts, serves as the community college liaison and handles all of the creative design as well as handles social media for The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine Admissions pages. Laura looks forward to advancing diversity at all levels and is committed to cultivating her career with The University of Oklahoma.



Natasha Mickel, Ph.D.

Director of Multicultural Engagement

Dr. Natasha Mickel earned her Bachelor’s degree in Multimedia Instructional Design from Cameron University, and earned both a Master’s and Doctoral degree in Instructional Psychology & Technology from the University of Oklahoma. At the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC), she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family & Preventive Medicine, Assistant Director for Faculty Development, Director for the Oklahoma Center for Mentoring Excellence (OCME), and Director for Multicultural Engagement for the College of Medicine. Within her roles, Dr. Mickel supports a variety of professional development opportunities for faculty at OUHSC. These offerings include curriculum vitae review workshops for faculty; mentor training for clinical and translational researchers; mentor training intended to support a campus-wide mentoring network initiative; and providing specific training related to broadening telemedicine on campus. She has a demonstrated, strong educational background combined with an administrative prospective on developing and implementing training and workshops supported by federally funded grants. This experience has allowed her to work with constituents from various academic fields; these fields include education, mathematics, aeronautics, engineering, and biomedical sciences to meet a common mission of education, research and community service. Her vast experiences have allowed her to acquire a unique set of skills that has allowed her to collaborate successfully with a diverse body of learning communities. She looks forward to establishing and cultivating her faculty career at OUHSC in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine.