Office of Diversity and Inclusion
We believe diversity and inclusion are keys of institutional excellence that accelerate our ability to innovate and solve complex problems. Excellence in this context refers to high quality patient care, research, and teaching, a culturally responsive climate, with a focus on community outreach, and an engaged workforce.
The Office of Diversity & Inclusion leads the School of Medicine’s diversity and inclusion programs and builds a diverse faculty and inclusive environment that values and respects all members of the community.
What We Do
Foster inclusion, so students, faculty, and staff from diverse talent pools experience a genuine sense of belonging, engagement, and achievement.
Provide leadership, guidance, and support to conceptualize, define, assess and nurture the climate required for diversity, inclusion and excellence to thrive.
Address issues of faculty, staff and student diversity and work closely with leaders to develop a robust school-wide Diversity and Inclusive Excellence Strategic Plan to position diversity and inclusion as core to the school’s missions.
Develop and implement community outreach and service-learning programs that address health care needs of our communities.
Support efforts to recruit and retain a more diverse workforce.
We are committed to promoting and supporting diversity, equity and inclusion. It is a shared vision and responsibility of the faculty, students and staff within the School of Medicine to create a culture of respect, trust and empathy. We believe our capacity to care for our community and patients from diverse backgrounds, beliefs and identities is limitless.
The School of Medicine aspires to be a national leader in the creation and sharing of health knowledge within a culture that promotes equity, diversity, and inclusion. Through Inclusive Excellence, the School of Medicine stands firmly committed to and champions diversity and inclusion as core values central to its mission.
Message from Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion, Lisa McBride, Ph.D.
Under the Dean’s vision, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion addresses challenges and fulfills our goal of becoming a leader in developing the next generation of a diverse workforce. I will focus on enhancing the core missions of educational excellence, research innovation and outstanding clinical care — all achieved within a productive inclusive environment — at the School of Medicine.
It is our responsibility to train and mentor future clinicians and scientists who reflect, understand and appreciate diversity. We live in an aging and diversifying nation where disparities can limit health care access and lead to disproportionately poor outcomes. Addressing health disparities, improving community health, and leading efforts to eliminate health inequalities are essential to the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine mission.
Meet the Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion
Lisa McBride, Ph.D.,was named the School of Medicine’s first Assistant Dean for Diversity & Inclusion in June 2018. In this inaugural role, she is focusing her efforts on the development and implementation of strategies to foster a culture of inclusion in which highly qualified students, faculty and staff from diverse talent pools experience a genuine sense of belonging, engagement and achievement. She has the responsibility for the development and management of a comprehensive strategy providing leadership, guidance and support across the school to conceptualize, define, assess and nurture the climate required for diversity, inclusion and excellence to thrive.
“Excellence in medical education, delivery of care and scholarship are attained through our diversity of students, residents, faculty and staff,” said Dr. McBride. “At the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine, having a diverse, equitable, inclusive environment is core to who we are. We engage in diverse experiences which address health inequities in an inclusive environment.”
Dr. McBride provides oversight of efforts to address both broad and specific issues of faculty, staff and student diversity and works closely with department chairs, unit leaders and senior administration to develop robust school-wide and departmental diversity strategic plans to help position diversity and inclusion as core to the school’s missions of education, delivery of care and scholarship. Her work intersects with all areas of the institution including admissions, human resources, faculty recruitment and retention, professional development, marketing and communications, academic leadership and institutional advancement.
“These experiences occur in an array of settings, from attending at a homeless clinic, to helping a woman and her children who are victims of domestic violence, to conducting clinical research to decode the ‘why’ of health equity in outcome,” she said. “This work ultimately results in helping tomorrow’s TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine doctors and researchers to be superb in health care delivery and to lead the charge of innovation in the science of medicine.”
In 2016, she presented her latest work on engaging senior health care executives in a transformational Diversity Leadership Development Process at the Pennsylvania Diversity Council’s Healthcare Diversity Summit hosted by the National Diversity Council.
Prior to coming to the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine, in her role as Vice President for Inclusive Excellence at Salem State University, she provided cabinet level leadership and strategic direction in the development and implementation of the university’s diversity and inclusive excellence strategic framework. During her tenure at SSU, Dr. McBride partnered with the Provost Office and Human Resources to develop a “Faculty Recruitment and Retention Toolkit” and launched an Inclusive Excellence Train-the-Trainer program to bring awareness to unconscious biases.
Dr. McBride previously served as the Chief Diversity Officer at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine where she developed a summer Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics plus Medicine pipeline program for Latino high school students and integrated cultural competency learning outcomes into the 1st and 2nd year curriculum for medical students. In recognizing the necessity for chief diversity officers to engage in strategic fundraising, during her tenure at PCOM, she cultivated the first-ever endowed scholarship funds for African-American and Latino medical students who desired after graduation to serve as Physicians in underserved and rural communities. In was during her tenure at PCOM, that she also served as Program Chair for a 2-day Military Medicine Conference for medical students and active military physicians as well for the first-ever continuing medical education Transgender Medicine Symposium for primary care health practitioners. PCOM was awarded the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity or HEED award in 2015 becoming the first osteopathic medical school to receive such prestigious honor.
Dr. McBride’s mission is to assist in the creation of inclusive learning and work environments that maximize effectiveness, innovation and excellence. She brings a strong history of consulting and organizational development expertise from 20 years of work experience with a wide variety of business clients spanning many different industries across North America as well as Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Lisa McBride, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion