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Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Diversity & Inclusion

Equity Committee

Creating an environment where differences are valued, and where everyone has a chance to succeed

Faculty, administrators, and students who serve on the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine Equity Committee seek to foster an intercampus community that is respectful, diverse and inclusive.

Mission of the Equity Committee

  • Identify underrepresented populations in medicine
  • Advise the dean regarding events, policies or initiatives that promote the standards set forth in the College’s Diversity Policy
  • Evaluate the college’s progress in accomplishing those standards

Promoting diversity and inclusion within the College

The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine works to develop policies, procedures and programs to promote diversity and inclusion through:

  • Education
  • Research
  • Clinical care
  • Service/community partnerships

The Equity Committee forges strategies to ensure that the College promotes diversity and inclusion. It uses a continuous quality leadership process to measure and evaluate the College’s compliance and excellence in the following areas:

  • Recruitment and hiring activities
  • Admission process
  • Curriculum
  • Student support
  • Awareness and retention activities

Promoting diversity and inclusion in the field of medicine

The College’s efforts to promote diversity and inclusion also include:

  • Strengthening the pathway to becoming a physician in Washington
  • Encouraging graduates of the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine to practice in all communities in the state

Contact us

If you have recommendations on how the Equity Committee can better serve the College of Medicine and the University community, please email Committee Chair Chris Davis.

Committee members

Christopher J. Davis, Ph.D.

Equity Committee Chair
“I am passionate about continuing to cultivate a culturally competent community and being a part of that community not by assimilation, but by respecting, appreciating and celebrating the uniqueness of individuals.”

Jeff P. Guillory

Pullman Campus Representative
“Racial awareness began for me in the early 1950’s in segregated Houston, Texas. I was there when we as African Americans got the right to vote and the passing of the civil rights act. This is the frame of reference from which my passion was spawned.  Today my life’s work is dismantling the notion of racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia and other hate driven human conditions.”

Naomi Chaytor, Ph.D.

Spokane Campus Representative
“I want to help create an environment that truly values and supports diversity in all forms. This means not only allowing everyone a seat at the table, but also promoting new perspectives and ways of doing things. I am committed to continually asking myself and others how we can do better.”

Gisela Ernst-Slavit, Ph.D.

Vancouver Campus Representative
“When I think about diversity, I think about acceptance, respect, and understanding. We must move beyond simply tolerating differences to affirming and nurturing those differences.”

Mark Beattie, Ph.D.

Everett Campus Representative
“Diversity enriches our communities. Building an inclusive culture for healthcare enhances the wellbeing of everyone in the state of Washington and beyond.”

Eric Johnson

Tri-Cities Campus Representative
“Supporting diversity and inclusion involves cultivating relationships of acceptance and respect. These relationships enhance the overall experience of everyone at WSU.”

Bin Shan, Ph.D.

Biomedical Sciences Representative
“I am devoted to remove barriers facing women, minorities and other individuals who are members of groups historically excluded from medical education.”

Renata Moon

Clinical Science and Medical Education Representative
“I am proud to be a physician at a medical school where each student’s future will be measured only by their personal hard work ethic and not by their skin color, gender or cultural background.”

April D. Davis

Nutrition and Exercise Physiology Representative
“To me, diversity means continually and deliberately reminding myself to let go of societies’ lessons on the boxes people ‘fit into.’ I constantly strive to have an open mindset and value each individual’s unique attributes and contributions, which are ever-evolving.”

Dana Algeo-Nichols, Ph.D.

Speech and Hearing Sciences Representative
“I believe that when we give others and ourselves the space to share things openly, like ideas, joy, and dignity, we all receive the power of voice and inclusion.”

Leila Harrison, M.A., M.Ed.

Ex Officio
“I am passionate about the many facets of diversity. Diversity encompasses not what others see or believe about an individual but what the individual believes, feels and identifies with themselves; the emic perspective. In this way, diversity is alive and ever-developing. It enriches all contexts from which others can grow.”

Danny Teraguchi, Ph.D.

Ex Officio
“I think of diversity drawing on two philosophical foundations:

  1. “Diversity is a process of fairness, equity, and inclusion that fosters different ways individuals can contribute to the educational mission of the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine and address health needs of Washington; and
  2. “Representation of different voices—especially voices of individuals from traditionally marginalized communities that have been historically absent—is necessary to foster innovation, excellence, and solutions for challenging health care environments. Those voices must be represented in important and often difficult dialogues at all levels, and particularly at impactful decision points.”

Michaela Fallon

Medical Student representative
“One of the main reasons I chose to attend WSU was due to their commitment to underserved communities and populations around Washington State. Now that I am here, I am driven to help foster a culture within our school that not only supports said communities and the voices they bring to the table, but celebrates them as well. To strive for diversity and inclusion is to strive for a welcoming, well rounded, and receptive environment.”

Tiana Bennett

Student Representative
“Being a representative of numerous diverse groups, I’m passionate in creating an inclusive and diverse environment for students to feel empowered.”

Anna Zamora-Kapoor, PhD.

External Health Professions College Representative
“As a Hispanic female, an immigrant, and a non-Native speaker of English, I am well-acquainted with the concept of disadvantage. I am committed to social justice, equal opportunity, and health equity.”