Deborah L. Plummer, PhD serves as vice chancellor, diversity and inclusion at UMass Medical School and professor of psychiatry and quantitative health sciences and in the Graduate School of Nursing. As chief diversity officer for the Medical School and for UMass Memorial Medical Center and its Medical Group, Dr. Plummer shapes and leads the embrace of diversity as fundamental to institutional excellence. Working collaboratively with UMass Memorial Health Care, she has primary responsibility for setting the vision, providing leadership, strategic direction and coordination of all aspects of affirmative action/equal opportunity commitment and regulatory compliance obligations. In addition, the Diversity and Inclusion Office (DIO) mediates and resolves conflicts related to uncivil behavior, harassment and discrimination. Working collaboratively with UMMS leadership, she develops and executes a coordinated and comprehensive diversity plan that cultivates an inclusive academic health sciences center.
As vice chancellor, diversity and inclusion, Dr. Plummer has a core role in preserving and enhancing our aspirant culture of respect, civility and high performance.