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Diversity Month Highlight: Dr. Vicki T. Sapp, PhD

Diversity Month Highlight: Dr. Vicki T. Sapp, PhD

Throughout the month of April for Diversity Month, we will be highlighting some amazing individuals in our community that are spearheading diversity, equity, and inclusion causes and initiatives, as well as business leaders and owners with diverse backgrounds. Next, we spoke to Dr. Vicki T. Sapp, PhD | Director for Student Engagement, Diversity, and Inclusion and Assistant Professor Department of Medical Education at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine.  

Vicki T. Sapp, PhD has over 20 years of experience in higher education and 15 have been directly focused on inclusion, diversity, equity, access, and justice (IDEAJ). Dr. Sapp is an administrator, scholar, researcher, educator, mentor, and service provider. Her research, scholarship, and publications focus on making the inVISIBLE visible. She focuses on first-generation and student of color populations, college access, retention and success, inclusion, diversity, equity, access, social justice and healthcare topics. She serves as a board member on several boards: Geisinger Diversity and Inclusion Council, GCSOM Accessibility and Learning Environment Committees, Geisinger’s Employee Resource Group Black Outreach Leadership Development (BOLD), Black Scranton Project, Northeastern Pennsylvania Diversity Education Consortium (NEPDEC), National Association for the Advancement of Color People (NAACP) - Wilkes Barre Branch #2306 and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. 

Learn more about Dr. Vicki in our Q&A below!

Q: I am inspired to be a leader in our community because… 

A: I have numerous opportunities to do the work that I love - Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, and Justice (IDEA+J).

Q: I am most excited to accomplish what through my diversity, equity, and inclusion community programming…
A: I am most excited to do my IDEA+J work in collaboration with my colleagues at Geisinger, nationwide, and with our community partners to positively impact and transform the world!

Q: Three words to describe yourself…
A: Unapologetic, Compassionate, and Authentic

Q: My greatest achievement to date is…
A: Creation of a 3-Part Implicit Bias Curriculum

Q: Five years from now, I will be…
A: President/CEO of my own firm

Q: Best advice you’ve received…
A: You only have one life, live it to the fullest – have no regrets!

Q: Favorite activity/place in NEPA…
A: My favorite place in NEPA will soon be the Black Scranton Project Art and Cultural Center located in downtown Scranton.

Q: Why NEPA? 
A: I am humbled and honored to have the opportunity to work for a medical school and healthcare system to teach healthcare providers cultural humility. Healthcare providers are afforded an opportunity to impact the lives of diverse populations. No other profession could claim the access to diverse populations, like the health professions. Whether we want to or not, every human begin will come into contact with a health professional, at some point in our lives. In addition, only being 2.5 hours away from my hometown New York City the South Bronx influenced my decision to accept this opportunity.
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