The Office of Multicultural Affairs

The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) was established in 1996. Its mission and goals are to assist students at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School by preparing them to become competent, compassionate, culturally aware and sensitive physicians in our increasingly diverse society. OMA sponsors and supports educational and cultural programs to enhance awareness of and sensitivity to race, gender, religion, ethnicity and culture and to promote culturally competent health care as well as respect for all human beings. Some of the programs in the past year have included lectures on complementary and alternative medicine, global health, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender health issues, disability awareness, women's health, spirituality and healthcare, as well as Asian, African American, and Latin Heritage Months celebrations.

Under the direction of the Assistant Dean of Multicultural Affairs, the Offices of Multicultural Affairs and of Academic Programs work together to provide a comprehensive approach to student recruitment and medical education by offering several high school and undergraduate pipeline pre-medical programs. Our overall mission is to increase diversity in the health professions with the ultimate goal of eliminating healthcare disparities through our educational programs, community outreach and healthcare promotion and awareness activities.

Our Administrative Team:

Janice Cato Varlack, MD
Assistant Dean of Students and Multicultural Affairs
Cynthia Ferrer-Cespedes, MPH
Program Director for Student and Multicultural Affairs
Assistant Director for Special Academic Programs

Nicole Hague
Management Assistant