OHSU appoints Michael Tom as affirmative action and equal opportunity director

04/16/12  Portland, Ore.

Oregon Health & Science University has named Michael Tom its Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Director (AAEO). The AAEO department at OHSU plays an important role as a resource for patients, staff, faculty, students and employment applicants to support diversity and prohibit discrimination across the university's missions of patient care, education, research and outreach.

Tom, who has been employed at OHSU since 2004, served as interim director of the department until his appointment as permanent director. He has also served as associate director and as a compliance officer within the AAEO department. He serves as the Co-Chair of the Diversity Advisory Council and Co-Chair of the Physical Access Committee that lead the university's diversity and accessibility initiatives.

Tom currently serves on the Community Transitional School Board and the Oregon Native American Chamber Advisory Board. He co-founded A Night For Networking, an annual event that connects individuals with disabilities with businesses and employment opportunities. Prior to his arrival at OHSU, Tom worked as an associate attorney at the law firms of Hoffman, Hart & Wagner and Corbett Gordon & Associates in Portland.

"In my new role, I look forward to furthering collaborations within OHSU and in the greater community," said Tom. "I am honored to receive this opportunity to develop and lead initiatives to continuously improve OHSU's diverse work environment. I believe that training, education and sound advice from our department will benefit all who work at, study or treat at OHSU."

Michael Tom's years of experience in working with OHSU staff, students and patients along with his extensive legal knowledge is a tremendous resource for OHSU," said Norwood Knight-Richardson, M.D., M.A., M.B.A., vice president, chief administrative officer and chief diversity officer. "Diversity is a major initiative for OHSU and we look forward to Michael and his department's continued leadership in the university's mission to create and maintain a community of inclusion."

About OHSU

Oregon Health & Science University is the state's only academic health and research university. As Portland's largest employer with nearly 14,000 employees, OHSU's size contributes to its ability to provide many services and community support not found anywhere else in the state. OHSU serves patients from every corner of Oregon and is a conduit for learning for more than 4,300 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.