Inter-professional collaboration to promote and celebrate diversity, equity and inclusion.

HSDIC Membership

Council Leadership


John Cottrell, Director of Minority and Special Programs, School of Dentistry, UMKC
Raquel McCommon, MA.Ed., Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Office, School of Medicine, UMKC
Secretary: Jennifer Santee, PharmD, Clinical Associate Professor, School of Pharmacy, UMKC


Jeffrey L. Primos, MBA, Director of Business Administration, School of Dentistry, UMKC

Represented Membership Partnerships on the council:

UMKC Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Nursing and Health Studies

University Health Truman Medical Center

Children’s Mercy Hospital & Clinics

St. Luke’s Health System

Institute for Human Development

UMKC's Division of Diversity and Inclusion

Vision, Mission, Goals and Strategies

Mission statement:
Lead inter-professional collaboration to provide advocacy and resources for the success of diverse students, faculty, staff, affiliates and partners.

A community of health educators, providers, and learners creating an ecosystem that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion for aspiring healthcare professionals.

Lead and foster an academic health community that celebrates diversity; values and respects differences; actively engages issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion: and facilitates relevant education/training on cultural competence and cross-cultural issues needed to work with diverse populations.

In an effort to decrease disparities in health care, the council will:

  • Provide guidance and support related to meeting the diversity goals of each diversity council member’s organization
  • Develop and strengthen partnerships with diversity-related programs, groups and populations on the Health Science Campus
  • Recommend initiatives to recruit and retain a diverse student, faculty and staff population
  • Assist the participant organizations in learning about issues relevant to under-represented populations, and encouraging networking and mentoring among these schools
  • Provide guidance for student and staff opportunities that enhance learning related to issues in health disparities, cultural differences and cultural competencies
  • Serve as an active agent of social and political change with all of the Health Science partners listed above


  • Provide scholarships through creating an endowed annual fundraiser - Harmony Diversity Gala
  • Recognize health care professionals & agencies serving traditionally underrepresented populations, representing Dentistry, Pharmacy, Medicine, Nursing and Health Studies
  • Promote student success through collaborative events that provide a sense of belonging and opportunities for networking with historically underrepresented students in schools of health professions ie: Welcome Event, Senior Send off
  • Establish a premier health care related Speaker Series for students, staff, faculty, and health professionals with a focus toward historically underrepresented and underserved populations
  • Become an exemplary health science partnership reaching historically underrepresented and underserved population in Missouri and global outreach efforts