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Diversity and Social Justice

WVSOM is committed to fostering an educational environment that values the development of human potential, cultural and ethnic diversity, and understanding.

WVSOM will not discriminate against any employee, applicant for employment, student or applicant for admission on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, veteran or military status, disability, genetic information, or other category that is protected under federal, state, or local anti-discrimination laws.

To help fulfill this commitment, WVSOM has established, through Institutional Policy GA-28, the Committee on Social Justice and Cultural Diversity.

This Committee, composed of various faculty, staff, and students, focuses on many different issues, ranging from the recruitment of employees and students to improving the social and learning environment for everyone on campus.

Student Organizations Focusing on Diversity

Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA)

The Christian Medical Association is a national professional organization of physicians, dentists, medical and dental students, who have banded together to serve Christ through their professions.

CMA helps its members wrestle with the increasing ethical problems in the professions, enhance the quality of care given to the whole person, and interact with other members of the healing professions who face common problems. CMA lives with the conviction that medicine is an avenue of ministry. For this reason, a local chapter was organized at WVSOM and hopes to be of such service to the school, students, and community.

Delta Omega

Delta Omega is a national organization established in 1904 by female students at The American School of Osteopathy. Its objective is the further study of osteopathy as a philosophy, a science and an art. WVSOM's Kappa Chapter of Delta Omega endeavors to uphold this tradition through the organizational theme of Women in Medicine.

Delta Omega is the avenue through which all WVSOM students, faculty and staff are invited to listen to speakers lecturing on various aspects of women's health care and problems faced by female physicians. With membership open to all students, Delta Omega wishes to make everyone at WVSOM more aware of the issues faced by women in medicine.

Medical Muslim Student Association

The purpose of the Medical Muslim Student Association (MMSA) is to provide a system of spiritual support, social activity, fellowship, and advocacy for Muslim students and non-Muslim students with an interest in Islam. MMSA will focus on developing the relationship between Islam and medicine, through various interfaith activities.

The MMSA places a particular emphasis on using the unique cultural perspective of its members to interact with populations in a way that both complements and enhances the work of other service organizations.

PAX

PAX is an organization which promotes diversity and cultural sensitivity on campus and in the Lewisburg community through education and community service. Additionally, PAX is a support group for any WVSOM student who considers him/herself a minority or a member of a group which is underrepresented in the medical profession.

PAX is affiliated with the Student National Osteopathic Medical Association. Membership in PAX is open to all WVSOM students.