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  • Affinity Group

    GSA Committee on Student Diversity Affairs (COSDA)

    The GSA National Committee on Student Diversity Affairs, formerly the Committee on Diversity Affairs (CODA), provides guidance on medical student diversity on a local, regional, and national basis, with respect to student recruitment, admissions, enrollment, retention, and graduation.

    Committee Charge

    The strategic priorities of COSDA are defined under two overarching themes – increasing diversity in the physician workforce and professional development of its constituency. In order to meet the strategic priorities, COSDA advances the full cycle of student engagement and educational support spanning the K-12 through medical school educational continuum in order to increase diversity in the physician workforce. COSDA constituents provide programming and services to engage and support diverse learners in the K-12 pipeline, pre-medical and post- baccalaureate programs, and medical school. They are involved in outreach, recruitment, admissions, retention, support and graduation of diverse students in medicine. The committee is advisory to the GSA Steering Committee, it makes regular reports to the GSA Steering Committee and seeks approval of the GSA Steering Committee for special projects.

    Message from the Chair

    On behalf of the committee, it is my pleasure to take this opportunity to welcome all to the Group on Student Affairs - Committee on Student Diversity Affairs (GSA-COSDA). I look forward to working with all of our Student Diversity Affairs representatives, and others, as we come together on a local, regional and national level, to advance a holistic approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion so that all of our medical students successfully thrive across the undergraduate medical education continuum.

    COSDA is one of the five national committees of the GSA. COSDA regularly comes together to discuss issues, contribute to, and provide guidance on medical student diversity on a local, regional, and national basis, with respect to student recruitment, admissions, enrollment, retention, and graduation.

    COSDA serves as the representative body of the larger constituency of Student Diversity Affairs representatives at the AAMC member medical schools. In that regard, COSDA represents the institutional, individual and affiliate representatives, and/or other faculty and staff, who have responsibility for medical student diversity efforts.

    We wish to take this opportunity to thank the several members who have recently completed their terms on the COSDA National Committee with a special thanks to Dr. Gerald Yutrzenka, PhD who has provided important leadership, perspective and insight during the past three years as National Chair of GSA-COSDA.

    We also acknowledge the outstanding leadership and continued support provided to the committee by Dr. Geoffrey Young PhD, AAMC Senior Director for Student Affairs and Programs and his entire team.

    GSA-COSDA continues to move forward in expanding our collaborative efforts with the various GSA Committees, the Group on Diversity and Inclusion (GDI) and other AAMC constituent groups to ensure that the diversity affairs expertise and voice is strongly represented in advancing and advocating for diversity in medical education.

    In closing, we welcome your interest in the efforts of COSDA and the Student Diversity Affairs community in working towards advancing a holistic medical education experience for our increasingly diverse medical student body. Please feel free to contact COSDA if you have ideas, proposals or comments that might be of interest to the GSA-COSDA leadership and membership.

    Best,
    Ann-Gel S. Palermo, DrPH, MPH [she/her/hers]
    Senior Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
    Associate Professor, Medical Education & Pediatrics
    Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
    Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer in Education and Research
    Office for Diversity and Inclusion
    Mount Sinai Health System

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    COSDA Committee Roster

    Chair
    Ann-Gel S. Palermo, MPH, DrPH (November 2018 – November 2022)
    Senior Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 
    Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer in Education and Research
    Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

    Committee on Admissions (COA) Representative
    Dimple Patel, MS (November 2021- November 2024)
    Associate Dean for Admissions
    University of Minnesota Medical School/Twin Cities Campus 

    Committee on Student Affairs (COSA) Representative
    Natalie G. Johnson, DHA, MA (November 2019-November 2022)
    Associate Dean for Diversity Affairs
    College of Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina

    Representative to Committee on Student Financial Assistance (COSFA)
    Donna H. Jackson, EdD (November 2019-November 2022)
    Assistant Dean for Admissions
    Director, Student Outreach Programs
    Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

    Representative to Committee on Student Records (COSR)
    William Turner, MD, FACP (November 2021- November 2024)
    Associate Professor of Medicine 
    Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

    Central Region (CGSA) Representative
    Robin Clay, MEd (May 2022- May 2025)
    Manager, Diversity and Inclusion Initatives
    University of Missouri Columbia School of Medicine

    Northeastern Region (NEGSA) Representative
    Maria Garcia, MD, MPH (November 2021- November 2024)
    Professor in Medicine
    Assistant Vice Provost for Student Success & Diversity    
    University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School 

    Southern Region (SGSA) Representative
    Shelvy L. Campbell, PhD (November 2020 – November 2023)
    Associate Dean and Director for Diversity & Inclusion
    Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine

    Western Region (WGSA) Representative
    David Garcia, MEd (November 2021- November 2024)
    Assistant Dean for Diversity, Health Justice, and Belonging
    Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine Washington State University

    Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP) Liaison
    Nicole Stern, MD, FACP 
    Sansum Clinic Urgent Care

    Hispanic-Serving Health Professions Schools (HSHPS) Liaison
    Maureen Lichtveld, MD, MPH
    Dean, Graduate School of Public Health
    Jonas Salk Professor of Population Health
    Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health
    University of Pittsburgh

    National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP) Liaison
    Zuri Obado, MA (September 2021- November 2022)
    Interim Program Director
    Johns Hopkins University

    Representative on the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Advisory Committee for Medical School Programs
    Princess Currence, DSW, MSW (June 2019 – June 2022)
    Director, Curriculum & Education
    Rush Medical College

    Organization of Student Representatives (OSR) Liaison
    Megan Sharpe (January 2022- December 2022)
    MD Candidate
    Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine