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October 1, 2012 - Harvard University Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership to Present Lecture at USA

The University of South Alabama College of Medicine’s Office of Diversity and Cultural Competence is hosting a Diversity, Inclusion and Cultural Awareness lecture.

Dr. Joan Reede, dean for diversity and community partnership and director of the minority faculty development program at Harvard University, will be the guest speaker.

The lecture, titled “Diversity Inclusion: Building Capacity for Excellence,” will take place Oct. 10, 2012, at 4 p.m. in the allied health auditorium (AHP 1012) at the Health Sciences Building on USA’s main campus.

Dr. Reede was appointed as the first dean for diversity and community partnership at Harvard University in January 2002. She is responsible for the development and management of a comprehensive program that provides leadership, guidance, and support to promote the increased recruitment, retention, and advancement of under-represented minority faculty at Harvard Medical School (HMS).

In 1990, Dr. Reede founded the HMS Minority Faculty Development Program and currently serves as faculty director of the Community Outreach Programs. In 2008, she became the director of the Harvard Catalyst Program for Faculty Development and Diversity. In addition, Dr. Reede holds the appointments of associate professor of medicine at HMS, associate professor of society, human development, and health at the Harvard School of Public Health, and assistant in health policy at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Over the past 20 years, Dr. Reede created and developed more than 20 programs at HMS that aim to address pipeline and leadership issues for minorities and women who are interested in careers in medicine, academic and scientific research, and the healthcare professions.

Dr. Reede graduated from Brown University and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md., and a fellowship in child psychiatry at Children’s Hospital Boston. She holds an MPH and an MS in health policy and management from Harvard School of Public Health, and an MBA from Boston University. To learn more about Dr. Reede, visit

For more information about the lecture, contact Chante’ Hendrix at or (251) 470-5895.

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