Keynote and Lunch Featured

12:35 pm - 02:00 pm 2018 Conference Schedule

Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, Mekbib Gemeda, will be the luncheon keynote speaker.

Mr. Gemeda oversees EVMS Diversity and Inclusion, which supports efforts to integrate diversity and inclusion as a strategic priority across the mission areas of education, patient care and research at EVMS. Its initiatives focus on supporting the integration of cultural competency and community health in the medical and health professions curriculum; developing and implementing programs to enhance diversity among students, residents, faculty and staff; and advancing community engagement and partnership.

Prior to joining EVMS, Mr. Gemeda served for eight years as the Assistant Dean for Diversity Affairs and Community Health and the founding Director of the Center for the Health of the African Diaspora at New York University School of Medicine. He implemented successful programs at NYU to increase diversity among students, residents, faculty and leadership, and he established pipeline and community engagement initiatives. He also led efforts to integrate into the core medical curriculum cultural competency and a social determinant framework.

Norfolk Waterside Marriott Hotel & Convention Center
Mekbib Gemeda
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