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Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Saint Louis University School of Medicine is committed to the importance of diversity. We seek to immerse our medical students and graduate medical residents in a training atmosphere that prepares them for the practice of medicine in a multicultural America.

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The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) collaborates with departments and individuals across the Saint Louis University School of Medicine to promote inclusion for the medical school community. Programs, events and initiatives are designed to raise awareness, inspire action, support equitable employment and cultivate diversity and inclusion.

Our focus areas include:

  • Strengthen diversity recruitment and retention efforts
  • Development and promotion of internal talent
  • Creation and support of mentoring programs
  • Offer diversity education and training opportunities
  • Increase collaboration between Saint Louis University School of Medicine and the St. Louis community
  • Fostering the Jesuit tradition - agents of change who work to bring about a more just, humane world

For more information, contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at 314-977-7564 or ODEI@health.slu.edu.

About Us

Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI)

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) was established as a part of an institutional improvement plan. The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion oversees the School of Medicine’s efforts to promote inclusion for the medical school community. Programs, events and initiatives are designed to raise awareness, inspire action, support equitable employment and cultivate a culture of diversity and inclusion.

Welcome from the Vice Dean of Diversity

When matters of diversity, equity and inclusion are nurtured throughout the entire institution everyone benefits. It is a social and medical imperative that our healthcare systems, including academic/training settings, be diverse and inclusive for people from all backgrounds. There are many of us here at Saint Louis University’s School of Medicine working hard to ensure that every person in every community receives high-quality, equitable and safe care. To do that, we must work hard to eliminate health care disparities that continue to exist for far too many racially, ethnically and culturally diverse individuals. This goal can be achieved in part by recruiting and supporting a highly qualified and diverse student/trainee body and workforce. My office is here to help encourage a campus climate that lends itself to the aforementioned aspirations. 

Our goal is to serve the entire Saint Louis University School of Medicine community with a special focus on populations that have been identified as underrepresented in medicine. We do this by proactively championing the importance and value of a diverse and inclusive campus climate and by working with institutional stakeholders to assess potential barriers to recruiting and retaining a diverse student/trainee body and workforce.

The work of diversity, equity and inclusion will reach its full potential when it can be seen and felt at all levels of the institution; it must be a part of the fabric of the place. That takes all of us working together toward a common goal: diversity, equity and inclusion.

Together, we can!

Daniel Blash, Ph.D., LPC
Vice Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
1402 South Grand Blvd.
Schwitalla Hall, Room M268
St. Louis, MO 63104
314-977-9801
daniel.blash@health.slu.edu 

Meet the Team

The barriers that impact underrepresented populations are real. The solutions that mitigate those barriers must also be real, tangible and sustainable. As a medical community, we have a responsibility to proactively confront the barriers that have been associated with healthcare disparities. A part of the solution is to train and support underrepresented healthcare providers. My office exists, in part, to facilitate the recruitment and successful matriculation of those who are underrepresented in medicine.

  • Daniel Blash, Ph.D.
    Vice Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
    Chief Diversity Officer for the School of Medicine
  • Michael Railey, M.D.
    Associate Dean, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Student Affairs
    Professor Emeritus

  • Javonda Quinn, B.S., M.A.
    Program Director
    javonda.quinn@health.slu.edu   
    314-977-7564

  • Kathie Dingley
    Executive Assistant II
    kathie.dingley@health.slu.edu 
    314-977-9802