One Community

We are committed to providing an inclusive environment where valuable and positive partnerships promote the benefits of diversity. Through our initiatives, we strive to create a community - students, staff, faculty, businesses, community organizations - focusing on activities which strengthen collaboration, promote education, and optimize cultural competency amongst its members. As One Community, we can affect a larger impact.

Our office creates and expands on community partnerships’ volunteer activities for our stakeholder groups. Some of these activities are described below. For more information on how to get involved, email

Thank You to Our Supporters

Several donors have generously supported our outreach programs:

Service Learning

The Office for Diversity and Inclusion participates in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine Service Learning program. Medical students who work with one of our Service Learning projects provide value to the Palm Beach community by working with local organizations, nonprofits, and public schools. Examples of Service Learning activities include teaching in Pre-K, middle and high school classrooms, working with a community consortium to analyze data and/or implement community initiatives, and writing and delivering curricula for our outreach programs.

Our Service Learning partner organizations for 2017-18 are:

Florence Fuller Child Development Centers
Karen Slattery Educational Research Center for Child Development
Palm Healthcare Foundation
School District of Palm Beach County

Community Service

The University supports community engagement and provides all full time employees 8 hours of paid Community Service Volunteer Leave. Qualified employees must have one year of employment, passed their probationary period and have consistent satisfactory performance without any disciplinary action for the prior twelve months.  Temporary OPS employees are not eligible. Please see the Leave/Approval Form here. You may volunteer for the nonprofit of your choice or see out list of community organizations that would welcome your help.


OviniTalon Ovini Rodrigo, MD, Candidate Class of 2019, won the 2018 FAU Student Talon Award. The Talon Leadership Awards ceremony, established in 1997, is co-sponsored by the FAU Alumni Association and the FAU Student Government Homecoming Committee. The award is an honor bestowed annually to a student who exemplifies exceptional leadership and service to the University.  Ms. Rodrigo was recognized for her leadership and service through her roles as Healthcare Careers Outreach Program (HCOP) Student Leader, COM Pediatrics Interest Group Vice President, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Pediatric Trainees (SOPT) Medical Student Delegate, and for her work with COM leadership to establish the FAU Chapter of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Open School. 




Genevieve Tuveson, M4 was selected to receive a 2017 Excellence in Public Health Award from the U.S. Public Health Service Physician Professional Advisory Committee. 





Student Selected for LGBTI Health Internship at Vanderbilt 

Honorio David Honorio, the first undergraduate student to become part of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine LGBT Health Curriculum Committee, was selected for an LGBTI Health Internship at Vanderbilt University's School of Medicine. The Vanderbilt program for LGBTI Health strives to promote national leadership in providing excellent patient care, education, research, and advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex communities.

The LGBT Health Curriculum Committee focuses on embedding LGBT topics into medical education, including researching assessments to evaluate the present curriculum, recruiting panelists and moderating College's first LGBT peer panel, and recruiting physicians to support our LGBT curriculum. 


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Last Modified 10/1/19