About Us

Established in 1968, the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs assists with the mission of recruiting, counseling, and nurturing a diverse student body. The office provides counseling services to help students adjust to medical school and guidance concerning future career choices. In addition, the office is actively engaged in multiple pipeline programs for students from high school to recent college graduates.

The Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs supports multicultural student organizations which provide a forum for student participation in campus affairs, student recruitment, social events, and service activities in the local community. Through these activities, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons enjoys tremendous diversity throughout its student body, distinct faculty, and patient population.

"Columbia’s Location in New York City and numerous affiliates provide a certain richness of culture and ethnicity which is reflected in the way medicine is taught at P&S." - Kimberly A. Forde

 

MEET OUR STAFF

Dr. Hilda Hutcherson, M.D.
Associate Dean, Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs

Damaris Javier, M.A.
Director
di2123@columbia.edu

As the Director, Mrs. Javier coordinates P&S diversity recruitment efforts, coordinates the Annual Multicultural Recruitment Day Conference (MRDC), the David Ta-Keng Huang Memorial Scholarship, and provides support services to the current underrepresented and the Black and Latino Students Organization (BALSO) students at P&S. She also serves as the director for programs such as the State Pre-College Enrichment Program (S-PREP), Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP), the Northeast Regional Alliance MedPrep Program (MedPrep), Summer Public Health Scholars Program (SPHSP), and the Strategic Testing Application Techniques Program (STAT); she directly serves as the Program Coordinator for the S-PREP and STAT program. These programs are all designed to increase the number of underrepresented minorities and economically disadvantaged students in medical or health professions.

"A journey of a thousand miles starts with one step." - Chinese Proverb

Samantha McLaughlin, M.A.
Program Coordinator
sm3432@columbia.edu

As the Program Coordinator, Ms. McLaughlin coordinates SMDEP and MedPrep programs.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma- which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” -Steve Jobs

Daniel Carrión, MPH
Program Coordinator
dc2846@columbia.edu

As the Program Coordinator, Mr. Carrión coordinates SPHSP.

"There are no new ideas. There are only new ways of making them felt." - Audre Lorde 

"Students must have initiative; they should not be mere imitators. They must learn to think and act for themselves - and be free." - César Chávez

Lennith Santos
Administrative Assistant
ls2312@columbia.edu

As the Administrative Assistant, Ms. Santos provides administrative support to Dr. Hilda Hutcherson, BALSO, MRDC, SMDEP, MedPrep, SPHSP and S-PREP.

"Success is not measured by what you accomplish but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds."

Mary Rose Saint-Cyr, MS
Program Assistant
mrs2267@columbia.edu
 
Ms. Saint-Cyr serves as the Program Assistant for the S-PREP, SMDEP and MedPrep programs. Additionally, Ms. Saint-Cyr provides support to the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and other programs.
 

"We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee". - Marian Wright Edelman