Multicultural Affairs

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The Office of Recruitment and Multicultural Affairs (ORMA) is located in TMEC Suite 244 with the Office of Student Affairs. ORMA recruits and provides supportive services to students underrepresented in medicine and dentistry and the economically disadvantaged. ORMA fosters an inclusive and respective environment that is supportive to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender students, faculty, and staff.

The Faculty Associate Dean for Student Affairs, the Faculty Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and the staff of ORMA are available to students for personal as well as academic counseling.

ORMA coordinates monthly meetings of the Inter-Society Multicultural Fellows Committee (MCFC) which reports to the Dean. The MCFC is composed of faculty and students from all societies charged with facilitating diversity training and awareness in the HMS medical community.



Match Day for the Class of 2017

ORMA students celebrating a successful Match Day!

Women of Color in Medicine and Dentistry (WOCIMD) in Washington DC

HMS students from the Women of Color in Medicine and Dentistry student organization joined the Women's March in Washington, DC, in January. WOCIMD's mission is to create opportunities for minority women at HMS/HSDM to engage in dialogue with and provide a supportive network for each other and the collective minority community. Their trip to Washington to be part of this historical event was empowering and encouraged them in their efforts to be a voice for minority communities of women. 

Gabi Herrera at HUNAP

Gabi Herrera (HMS '20) was featured by the Harvard University Native American Program (HUNAP). For four years, Gabi Herrera (Tarahumara/Latina) was an undergraduate student at Harvard College and made her home at HUNAP, read more here.

World Citizen, Samia Osman, Making a Difference Through Public Policy

Samia Osman, Class of 2017, always wanted to be a trauma surgeon. The MD/MPP (Master’s in Public Policy) student at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Kennedy School of Government now hopes to do more: She is pursuing a career in both medicine and public policy. Read more here.

Nigerian Immigrant Dreams of Finding Cures for Infectious Diseases

After completing his medical education, Chidiebere Akusobi (HMS '18) hopes to help combat infectious diseases in his native Nigeria. Read more in the feature on CNN, My American Success Story.

Education Matters with

Sherri-Ann Burnett-Bowie


Sherri-Ann Burnett-Bowie, MD, MPH

Teaching about unconscious bias

Education Matters with

Mary Tate


Mary Tate

My presence as a black woman at Harvard matters

Fabric 2016: 'Baakoye'


Fabric 2016

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Oneness and a communal attitude were themes of this year’s Fabric performance. 

Celebrating the

LGBT Community

Celebrating the LGBT Community

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Sean Fletcher

The legacy of Lewis Hayden, who devoted himself to abolitionism and government after escaping slavery, is upheld at HMS through the above-and-beyond ethos of students such as scholarship winner Sean Fletcher.


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