OHSU appoints assistant chief diversity officer

10/26/11  Portland, Ore.

Oregon Health & Science University's Leslie Garcia, M.P.A., has been appointed assistant chief diversity officer for the university – this is a new position at OHSU. Garcia adds this role to her current responsibilities as assistant provost for diversity and director of the OHSU Center for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.

As assistant chief diversity officer, Garcia will help implement OHSU's diversity efforts, with particular focus on recruitment and retention of faculty and students from diverse communities. She will also expand her role as a community liaison, helping cultivate relationships with other organizations that can help OHSU fulfill its institutional commitment to diversity.

Garcia has more than 16 years of experience leading institutional diversity efforts in both the private and nonprofit sectors, and currently co-chairs the Diversity Advisory Council at OHSU. Her initial employment at OHSU was from 1991 to 1998. She returned to the university in 2001 following work in diversity at other institutions in the region. Garcia earned her undergraduate degree at Eastern Washington University. She earned her master's in public administration at Portland State University and is currently pursuing her doctorate. 

“Leslie’s community connections run deep,” said OHSU’s chief administrative officer and chief diversity officer Norwood Knight-Richardson, M.D., M.A., M.B.A. “That wealth of relationships is the foundation for making OHSU a place that is truly diverse in people and ideas.”

About OHSU

Oregon Health & Science University is the state’s only health and research university, and only academic health center. As Portland's largest employer, OHSU's size contributes to its ability to provide many services and community support activities not found anywhere else in the state. OHSU serves patients from every corner of the state and is a conduit for learning for more than 4,310 students and trainees. OHSU is the source of more than 200 community outreach programs that bring health and education services to each county in the state.