Office of Multicultural Affairs

Commitment to Diversity

Recognizing that the full diversity of the American population is not represented by the physician workforce, the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine is committed to the recruitment and retention of a diverse class of students.

About the Office of Multicultural Affairs

The Office of Multicultural Affairs works to ensure a supportive academic environment for underrepresented minorities at our school. Among the nation's highest ranked medical schools, the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine has achieved one of the most diverse student bodies.

The Office of Multicultural Affairs oversees the Bowman Society Lecture Series, an NIH-sponsored summer research program for first year medical students, and three NIH-sponsored pipeline programs designed to prepare and inspire talented undergraduate students and high schoolers interested in pursuing a career in the medical field.

Monica Vela, MD
Associate Dean for Multicultural Affairs
Associate Professor Medicine

Dr. Vela is deeply enmeshed in supporting and advocating for diversity throughout the institution. As Director of the innovative Health Care Disparities in America course, Dr. Vela introduces all first-year students to many ongoing issues that affect underserved populations. She serves as a visible leader and faculty advisor to multiple student organizations - including the Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program and the Latino Medical Student Association. Her advocacy efforts extend to our faculty and residents, as Dr. Vela serves as the Associate Vice Chair for Diversity in the Department of Medicine. In this role, Dr. Vela works to improve recruitment, retention, scholarship, leadership, and mentorship of qualified minority students, residents and fellows, and faculty in an environment rich with cultural awareness, and sensitivity.

Darrell Nabers
Director of Multicultural Affairs

Before coming to the University of Chicago in 2005, Darrell was involved in education at the high school level as a teacher, coach, and administrative leader at a number of high schools on the West Coast. Darrell brings to the Office of Multicultural Affairs a wealth of experience from his eight years working in Pritzker’s Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, where he served most recently as Director of Admissions and Outreach. He has actively participated in the recruitment, evaluation, and selection of students admitted to the Pritzker School of Medicine.

Darrell not only brings strong experience in student counseling, advising, and recruitment to this position, but also strong skills in analysis, technology, and financial aid. Darrell has volunteered as chairperson for state committees on diversity and graduate affairs. He has also participated in counseling efforts for local organizations A Better Chance and the University of Chicago Collegiate Scholars program.

Learn more about diversity at Pritzker!

Learn more how Pritzker is making a difference in alleviating health care disparities!

The Pritzker School of Medicine is a unique institution in that it is an outstanding research institution on the south side of Chicago and is surrounded by a diverse community. The population of patients served by the University of Chicago Medical Center are largely underrepresented minorities. And by that, there is great value placed on diversity in our faculty and diversity in our students. —William McDade, MD, PhD, Deputy Provost for Research and Minority Issues