Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Embracing Diversity Series


Safe Space Training for Faculty/Staff

Faculty/Staff Session: September 17th from 12pm-1pm in F118


Student Session: September 19th from 12pm-1pm in Liebelt E10


Sexual orientation is an important component of the University’s definition of diversity. To further Northeast Ohio Medical University’s commitment to creating a diverse and welcoming environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) students, faculty, staff and guests, the University launched an initiative called SafeSpace in 2013. The SafeSpace initiative is designed to provide dedicated resources to members of the LGBTQ community at NEOMED, their allies, family, and friends.

Faculty and staff & students are invited to attend this training session offered by Dr. Bruce Manapace. Faculty and staff understanding LGBTQ students’ needs and developmental processes can greatly help them flourish at NEOMED. Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP.


Movie: Pick of the Litter

October 2, from 12pm-1:30pm in NEW 2017


Join us for free popcorn and a movie where attendees will follow the journey of 5 puppies as they are trained to become guide dogs for the blind. You might want to bring a tissue for happy tears! Please RSVP for an accurate popcorn & refreshment count!

Ticcing My Way Through Life: A Woman’s Journey with Tourette’s Syndrome

October 10 from 12pm-1pm in E-10, Liebelt


Britney Wolf is a 29 year old woman who was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome at 7 years old. Despite the stigmas, misunderstandings, and the ignorance, she chooses to see the positive side of what this disorder does to her and what it has brought into her life. She has spent years spreading awareness and education about what Tourette Syndrome really is and how it isn’t what most movies and television portray it to be. With videos, social media, and speaking engagements, Britney has been able to reach audiences all across the country while teaching them about a disorder that is often just used as a punch line in a film.

For this event, Britney will be discussing some of her personal stories of living with Tourette Syndrome. She will share what it was like to be diagnosed at a young age, what the tics felt like when she first noticed them happening, and how they have progressed over the years. With vulnerability and a personal touch, she will be able to explain how to best deal with a patient who might have Tourette Syndrome and how having a doctor who believes them and how getting the diagnosis can make a huge difference in a patient’s life. Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP.


Dia De Los Muertos Inclusivity Center

October 28-November 1

Please join the Latino Medical Student Association to honor those who have passed on during this year. We invite the NEOMED community to bring a photo of your loved one and a small knickknack (piece of candy, small toy or memento) to display on the ofrenda (altar) as we remember and pray for our family and friends that are no longer with us. The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday and is viewed not as a day of sadness, but rather a day of celebration of life.

Photos and mementos can be dropped off any time during the week but must be retrieved by November 1 at 5:00pm. Please place your name on the back of the photo.

Native American Month Celebration

November 1st 4pm-7pm in NEW Center Atrium

More details to come.

Veteran’s Day Presentation, PTSD

November 6 from 12pm-1pm in F-118


Please join the Office of Diversity & the Student Wellness Center as we welcome Gretchen Foley to NEOMED. Dr. Foley is a 2006 graduate of NEOMED. She completed her psychiatry residency at Wright State University’s combined civilian and military training program in conjunction with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. She currently is an active duty Air Force psychiatrist stationed at Wright-Patterson where she serves as Medical Director for the Alcohol Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment (ADAPT) Program. She has been appointed as Assistant Professor in the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry. She provides clinical supervision for residents at all training levels and leads didactic instruction on topics including post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, suicide prevention, substance use disorders, psychopharmacology, neurobiology and military specific issues. Last year, she authored a book chapter on Traumatic Brain Injury and Co-Occurring Mental Illness which was published this summer. Dr. Foley also serves on the Alcohol Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Trustees for Montgomery County. Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP

Diwali Celebration

November 18, NEW Center Ballroom

Faculty, staff, students and the community are invited to join the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin and Northeast Ohio Medical University Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for this year’s Diwali Celebration. Diwali is the Indian culture’s Festival of Lights and signifies the true essence of life where good overcomes evil. The evening will include delicious food, a live DJ, interactive activities and more! Tickets will be on sale in November.

Valuing Community and Diversity Reception

November 21 from 5:30-6:30 Cook Alumni Hall


Please join NEOMED faculty, staff, and students as we learn about some of the great work our students have accomplished as well as a statement on University’s continued commitment to embracing diversity and fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment. During the reception, we will be presenting our Community Builder Award and our Pharmacy Diversity and Inclusion Excellence Award winners, both given annually to deserving students as nominated by the NEOMED community and their mentors. We will also be providing our Annual State of Diversity Address. Tickets are free and light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP by November 12, 2019.


Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Phone: 330.325.6736
Email: diversity@neomed.edu


Employment and academic discrimination against any individual on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status is prohibited.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Northeast Ohio Medical University