Achieving excellence through diversity

AAMC chief diversity officer to speak on ‘Getting to Institutional Excellence’

By Ellie Castano

UMass Medical School Communications

March 22, 2011
 Marc Nivet

Marc Nivet, EdD, the chief diversity officer of the AAMC will sit down with Deborah Plummer, PhD, associate vice chancellor for diversity and equal opportunity, on Wednesday, March 30, to talk about how an academic health sciences center on the eve of health care reform can integrate diversity into medicine. As one of the institutional priorities identified in the current strategic plan, diversity is essential to building the workforce of the future. Dr. Nivet believes that the narrative about how to achieve diversity and inclusion must be elevated from a conversation about solving a problem to one about achieving excellence and innovation.

The event, called “Getting to Institutional Excellence: Ensuring the Integration of Diversity in Academic Medicine” will feature an informal talk between Nivet and Plummer and an audience Q&A, with an introduction by Chancellor Michael F. Collins and closing remarks from Dean Terence R. Flotte. The event marks the opening of the Diversity and Inclusion Speaker Series, sponsored by the Diversity and Equal Opportunity Office. 

Nivet has dedicated his career to improving higher education by creating and supporting initiatives that increase diversity. As the associate executive director of the Associated Medical Schools of New York, he oversaw programs designed to increase enrollment and retention of minority students in the health professions. He has also held positions as director of state outreach for The Sallie Mae Fund and director of the Office of Minority Affairs at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. In his role at the AAMC, Nivet provides strategic vision for all of the association’s diversity and inclusion activities and leads their diversity policy and programs department, which focuses on programs designed to increase diversity in medical education and advance health care equity. 

“Getting to Institutional Excellence: Ensuring the Integration of Diversity in Academic Medicine” will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in Amphitheater II (S4-102); doors open at 11:30 a.m. for lunch. To RSVP, visit: