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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.

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GSA Student Diversity Affairs Listserve

The GSA-Student Diversity Affairs Representatives Listserve is an electronic listserve of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Group on Student Affairs (GSA). This listserve provides the opportunity for Student Diversity Affairs Professionals to share ideas with or query colleagues regarding specific issues impacting students.


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Message from the COSDA Chair

On behalf of the committee, it is indeed 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 address issues of diversity and inclusiveness that impact our medical student’s personal lives as well as their professional growth and development.

COSDA is one of the five committees of the GSA. The mission of COSDA is to promote diversity of the future physician workforce, enhance diversity leadership, and work to improve the health of our diverse nation.

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.

The several members of the COSDA national committee regularly come together to discuss issues and provide guidance in matters addressing diversity across the undergraduate medical education continuum. COSDA and the school’s Student Diversity Affairs representatives work in collaboration with others in the recruitment, admission, retention and graduation of a diverse medical student body.

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. Wanda Lipscomb who has provided significant leadership, perspective and insight during the past three years as National Chair of GSA-COSDA.

We also acknowledge the outstanding leadership and support provided to the committee by Ms. Lisa Jennings (Senior Specialist, Diversity Constituent Services) and by Dr. Geoffrey Young, AAMC Senior Director for Student Affairs and Programs.

GSA-COSDA is moving forward to expand our collaborative efforts with the various GSA Committees, the Group on Diversity and Inclusion (GDI) and other AAMC constituent groups to insure 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 enhancing the diversity of our students. Please feel free to contact COSDA if you should wish to further discuss issues that impact medical student diversity. We want to hear from you!!

Best wishes,
Gerald J. Yutrzenka, PhD
National Chair, GSA Committee on Student Diversity Affairs

COSDA Committee Roster

Gerald J. Yutrzenka, PhD (November – November 2018)
Associate Dean, Diversity and Inclusion
Associate Professor, Division of Basic Biomedical Sciences
University of South Dakota, Sanford School of Medicine

Central Region (CGSA) Representative
C. Alexander Grieco, MD (November 2017 – November 2020)
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Education and Anatomy
Assistant Professor of Radiology
Special Assistant to the Vice Dean of Education
The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Northeast Region (NEGSA) Representative
Ann-Gel S. Palermo, MPH, DrPH (April 2017 – April 2020)
Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion in Biomedical Education
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Southern Region (SGSA) Representative
Linda Strong James, MS (November 2017 – November 2020)
Assistant Dean for Student Diversity and Inclusion
Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University

Western Region (WGSA) Representative
Lindia Janina Willies-Jacobo, MD (November 2015 – November 2018)
Clinical Professor of Pediatrics Assistant Dean for Diversity Community Partnerships
University of California, San Diego School of Medicine

Committee on Admissions (COA) Representative
Marlene Ballejos, PhD (February 2018 – November 2020)
Assistant Dean for Admissions
Assistant Professor, Family & Community Medicine
The University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Committee on Student Affairs (COSA) Representative
Daniel Hiroyuki Teraguchi, EdD (November 2016 – November 2019)
Associate Dean for Students Affairs
Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Committee on Student Financial Assistance (COSFA) Representative
Damien Jackson, MEd (November 2015 – November 2019)
Director, Office of Student Finance
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University

Committee on Student Records (COSR) Representative
Sandra Mingo (May 2018 – November 2021)
COM & Visiting Student Coordinator, AOA Administrator
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine

GSA - Previous Past Chair
Lee D. Jones, MD (November 2017 – November 2018)
Associate Dean for Student Affairs
University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine

Organization of Student Representatives (OSR) Liaison
Talicia Jackson (November 2017 – November 2018)
MD Candidate
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP) Liaison
Nicole Stern, MD, FACP (June 2015 – November 2018)
Urgent Care
Sansum Clinic

Hispanic-Serving Health Professions Schools (HSHPS) Liaison
Norma Perez, MD, DrPH (June 2018 – November 2021)
Director UTMB Hispanic Center of Excellence and Special Program
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine

National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP) Liaison
A. Francisco Castelan, MS (November 2014 – November 2018)
Prehealth Advisor, Pre-Graduate and Pre-Professional Advising
Center for Career Discovery and Development
Bill Moore Student Success Center
Georgia Institute of Technology

Representative on the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Advisory Committee for Medical School Programs
Princess Currence, MSW (June 2017 – June 2019)
Curriculum Education Manager
Rush Medical College of Rush University Medical Center

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