Division of Biology and Medicine
Office of Belonging, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion


The Office of Belonging, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (OBEDI) is a dynamic resource offering academic, professional, and personal support programs to students, faculty and staff.

Committees and Councils

Brown Council for Diversity in Medicine (BCDM) 

The Council is intended to: provide a forum to identify current diversity and inclusion activities within each clinical department, share these activities and ideas so that we may all learn from them; eliminate perceived (and real) barriers to diversity and inclusion; educate and empower committee members to be able to evoke change within their departments; create a centralized knowledge base about the status of diversity and inclusion activities within each department; create a unified vision of what diversity and inclusion looks like at WAMS.


To build a culture and climate that continually strengthens our core values of diversity and inclusion.


The BCDM will:

  1. Work in a coordinated manner to formulate, facilitate and integrate efforts to improve diversity and address diversity/inclusion related issues at WAMS and among its trainees, staff, faculty, and affiliated hospitals and partners.

  2. Work in a coordinated manner with the leadership of the medical school and affiliated partners to prioritize initiatives that support the goals of the Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan.

  3. Serve as an advisory group to The Warren Alpert Medical School Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and the Office of the Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences on the complexities and possibilities of the initiatives outlined in the Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan.

  4. Provide oversight and monitoring of the implementation of the Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan.


Douglas C. Anthony, MD, PhD
Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Sybil Cineas, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics

Ernestine G. Jennings, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry (Research)

Mark A. Johnson, PhD
Associate Professor of Biology

Roxanne Vrees, MD
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology


Student National Medical Association  E-Board Student President

Latino Medical Student Association E-Board Student President

ODMA Diversity and Inclusion Fellow


Matthew N. Anderson, MD
Brown Minority Housestaff Association Chair


Deborah Archer, '95, MD '02
Archer Pediatric and Medical Consulting, LLC

Jeffrey Hines, '83, MD '86
Medical Director, Diversity and Inclusion and Health Equity, WellStar Health System

Sivan Hines, '84, MD '87
Pediatrician, WellStar Health System


Cailie Burns
Assistant Dean, Office of Biomedical Advancement

Michele Cyr, MD
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Joseph Diaz, MD, MPH, FACP
Associate Dean for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs

Michelle Forcier, MD, MPH
Assistant Dean of Medical Admissions

Tracey Guthrie, MD
Assistant Dean for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs

Kim Noble
Major Gifts Officer

Patricia Poitivien, MD, MsC
Senior Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Rosedelma Seraphin
Associate Director, Center for Student Belonging, Recruitment & Retremntion; Center for Workforce Development

The Committee for Diversity and Inclusive Teaching and Learning (CDITL) leads the ongoing initiative curricular development effort in collaboration with the Office of Medical Education focused on both student awareness education and faculty development activities. Teaching and learning initiatives are revised and developed based on continual evaluation from student and faculty feedback.

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Phone: (401) 863-9855
Fax: (401) 863-5096

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Office of Belonging, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Division of Biology and Medicine
Brown University
Box G-M241
Providence, RI 02912