Diversity Dialogues

Our next Diversity Dialogue is...


Foundations of a Diversity Action Plan at an Academic Health Center

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

10:00 a.m. PT, 11:00 a.m. MT, Noon CT, 1:00 p.m. ET



 Leslie D. Garcia

Acting Chief Diversity Officer & Assistant Vice Provost

Oregon Health and Science University



Michael Tom

Director of Affirmative Action
Oregon Health and Science University


This 60-minute webinar will discuss how Oregon’s only academic health center, Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU), developed and implemented an institutional Diversity Action Plan (DAP). Selected strategies, templates, outcomes and lessons learned will be shared. Beyond cultivating collaborations, consistent and continuous communication and constructive feedback are essential to the success of the foundation of diversity strategic planning.


More Information

Diversity strategic planning is a large organizational lift and can be a daunting process with countless hours of input and ideas proposed by many stakeholders. With a detailed work plan and set expectations, members can align mission-specific strategies with the institution’s set goals and priorities. Having a clear institutional strategic plan has allowed OHSU to advance its mission of healing, teaching, research and community service to improve the health and well-being of people in Oregon and beyond. “Be a great organization, diverse in people and ideas” is the first goal in their Vision 2020 Strategic Plan, and it is an integral part of OHSU’s culture of excellence.



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About Leslie Garcia, MPA:

Leslie Garcia is the acting Chief Diversity Officer and Assistant Vice Provost at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). She also serves as the Director of the OHSU Center for Diversity & Inclusion (CDI), leading OHSU’s diversity initiatives to create an environment of respect and inclusion in the health and sciences. The CDI serves faculty, students, staff, patients and the greater community through a variety of programs, services: including diversity resources, cultural competency, trainings, consultation, employee resource groups, student interest groups, workforce pipeline programs, community outreach, and through institutional committees to address diversity, inclusion and equity issues in healthcare, research, education.

As Co-Chair of OHSU’s Diversity Advisory Committee, Leslie advises the OHSU executive leadership team. She supports and leads the university's commitment to diversity and inclusion as an institutional priority at OHSU.

Leslie has experience working in both public and private sectors providing leadership and consultation related to diversity, cultural competency, as well as curriculum and program development.

For her efforts in advancing diversity and inclusion at Oregon’s only academic health center, Leslie received the 2015 Individual Leadership Award, from the National Association of Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education. In 2014, Leslie was awarded the Diversity Leadership Award from the National Association of Minority Medical Educators. Moreover, Leslie has been recognized as a leader in business, healthcare, and government. OHSU has also received various institutional awards from the local community including The Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber, The Native American Chamber, Asian Family Center, Basics Rights of Oregon, and other community organizations for OHSU’s commitment in advancing diversity and inclusion.

Leslie earned her Bachelor of Arts, at Eastern Washington University and her Master's Degree in Public Administration from Portland State University, where she is completing her Doctorate degree in Leadership.


About Michael Tom, J.D.

Michael is the Director for the Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity department at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). The department is responsible for investigating discrimination complaints, leading affirmative action planning, and facilitating reasonable accommodation and religious accommodation requests at OHSU. Michael develops and conducts employment law trainings for staff, faculty and management.

Michael also helps to lead OHSU’s diversity and inclusion efforts. He holds leadership positions as OHSU’s Co-Chair to both the Diversity Advisory Council and the Physical Access Committee. He also represents OHSU in conducting community outreach with diverse populations and has served on the Community Transitional School Board, the Oregon Native American Chamber Board, Multnomah County Merit Council Commission and the Asian Pacific Islander Forward Advisory Board. In 2010, Michael co-founded Night for Networking, an annual business networking event that connects individuals with disabilities with businesses, government and diversity recruiters and allies. Michael also trains and presents at local and national conferences on diversity and civil rights topics.

Prior to joining OHSU in 2004, Michael was in private practice as a litigation defense attorney for ten years, advising private and public employers in all aspects of employment and civil rights litigation. He represented city, county and other



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Updated: September 1, 2015