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    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 honor to welcome you to the Group on Student Affairs - Committee on Student Diversity Affairs (GSA-COSDA). I am excited to begin working with the Student Diversity Affairs community and others who have primary responsibility to advance diversity efforts. We want to continually view all aspects of undergraduate medical education through a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens that will allow our students to thrive and be successful. 

    COSDA, as one of the five national committees of the GSA, meets regularly to address issues and offer guidance on medical student diversity in student recruitment, admissions, enrollment, retention, and graduation.  We host community calls for COSDA representatives as a means to disseminate information and to gather feedback.  In addition, COSDA works in collaboration with the other national committees on pertinent issues which cross administrative areas, often participating in working groups and joint community calls.  
    To ensure advocacy of diversity, equity and inclusion in the medical education space, COSDA also engages with the Group on Diversity Affairs (GDI) and other AAMC groups.  It important that as we move forward.  To this end, it is important that the perspectives provided by diversity affairs experts are heard.

    Dr. Ann-Gel Palermo has given great leadership to COSDA over the last four years as the National Chair of GSA-COSDA.  Her energy and passion for this work is contagious and moves everyone around her to push forward in our efforts. We thank her for leadership and for her encouragement and support of COSDA as we continue the work.  We also wish to thank COSDA members who have recently completed their terms, Dr. Natalie Johnson and Dr. Princess Currence, who provided important insights and perspective through their roles on the committee.  

    We recognize that COSDA functions in an efficient and effective manner due the efforts of a wonderful AAMC team. Thank you for all you do to aid the committee in its success.

    Finally, we welcome your interest in the work of COSDA and the Student Diversity Affairs community.  We know that there is value in creating a diverse medical education environment which benefits all students.  Please contact COSDA with an ideas, proposals or comments that might be of interest to the GSA-COSDA leadership and membership.

    Best regards,

    Donna H. Jackson, Ed.D. [she/her/hers]
    Assistant Dean for Admissions
    Director, Office of Student Outreach Programs
    Virginia Commonwealth University
    School of Medicine
     

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    COSDA Committee Roster

    Chair
    Donna H. Jackson, EdD (November 2022 - November 2025)
    Assistant Dean for Admissions
    Director, Student Outreach Programs
    Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

    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
    Kristin Powell Reavis, MD, MBS (November 2022 - November 2025)
    Assistant Professor of Family Medicine 
    Assistant Dean for Student Diversity and Inclusion 
    Residency Program Director 
    Director of Maternal Child Health 
    Department of Family and Community Medicine 
    University of Maryland School of Medicine

    Representative to Committee on Student Financial Assistance (COSFA)
    Ranna Nash, PhD (November 2022 - November 2025)
    Assistant Professor of Clinical Medical Education
    Assistant Dean for Student Development
    Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California

    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 Initiatives
    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
     

    Hispanic-Serving Health Professions Schools (HSHPS) Liaison
    Maureen Lichtveld, MD, MPH (August 2022 - August 2024)
    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 2023)
    Interim Program Director
    Johns Hopkins University

    Representative on the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Advisory Committee for Medical School Programs
     

    Organization of Student Representatives (OSR) Liaison
    Megan Sharpe (January 2022- November 2023)
    MD Candidate
    Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine