INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine is happy to announce the addition of Lisa McBride, PhD, to its editorial board. McBride currently serves as chief diversity officer for the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM).
Much of McBride’s diversity work has included developing, implementing, and assessing university-wide diversity policies and related initiatives. During her tenure at PCOM, some of her work has included establishing the President’s Diversity Council and the Diversity Leadership Speaker Series, developing the cultural competency training/curriculum, and collaborating with PCOM students to provide healthcare services for homeless veterans in Philadelphia, in partnership with Project Home.
“We are honored to welcome Dr. McBride to the INSIGHT Into Diversity Editorial Board,” says Lenore Pearlstein, co-publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. “Her healthcare professional school expertise, along with her deep commitment to the work of diversity and inclusion, give her a special understanding of some of the most important issues faced by higher education and people in health professions today.”
Prior to her role as chief diversity officer at PCOM, she served as special assistant to the president for equity, justice, and diversity and as university ombudsperson at California University of Pennsylvania (Cal U). Her experience has also included positions in the Florida State University System, including the assistant director of the Policy Institute of Conflict, Oppression and Terrorism Studies; institutional diversity coordinator; and associate professor in the Criminal Justice Department.
Before entering higher education, McBride began her professional career as a police officer in St. Louis, Mo., after which she spent eight years as a federal criminal investigator, serving as an undercover operative across the world.
She is experienced as an impartial dispute resolution practitioner around issues of promotion, salary inequality, evaluation disputes, sexual harassment, and other issues regarding employment. In addition, she is certified by the Arkansas Commission on Police Officer Standards and Training to serve as a Human Diversity Instructor.
McBride earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in criminology from Indiana State University in Terre Haute, as well as a doctor of philosophy in conflict analysis and resolution from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.