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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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COSDA Committee Roster

Ann-Gel S. Palermo, MPH, DrPH (November 2018 – November 2021)
Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion in Biomedical Education
Associate Professor of Medical Education and Pediatrics
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Previous Past Chair
Thomas Koenig (November 2018 – November 2019)
Associate Dean of Student Affairs
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Committee on Admissions (COA) Representative
Marlene Ballejos, PhD (February 2018 – November 2020)
Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
and Associate Professor, Family and Community Medicine
Assistant Dean for Admissions, 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 Student Affairs
Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Representative to Committee on Student Financial Assistance (COSFA)
Barbara F. Tharpe, Ed.D. (November 2018-November 2021)
Director, Student Financial Aid
Meharry Medical College

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

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

Northeastern Region (NEGSA) Representative
Sandra Quezada, MD, MS (November 2018 - November 2021)
Associate Dean for Admissions
Assistant Dean for Academic and Multicultural Affairs
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
University of Maryland School of Medicine

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
Cherie A. Singer, Ph.D. (November 2018 – November 2021)
Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs
Associate Professor of Pharmacology
University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine

Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP) Liaison
Nicole Stern, MD, FACP (June 2018 – November 2021)
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
Max Hunter (November 2018 – November 2021)
Assistant Professor of Biology
Director of Pre-Professional Health Sciences Program (PPHS)
Seattle Pacific University

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
Rush University Medical Center

Organization of Student Representatives (OSR) Liaison
Ushasi Naha (November 2018 – November 2019)
MD Candidate
College of Medicine
University of Illinois

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