Saint Peter’s Partners with Medical School to Increase DiversityAugust 30, 2019 |
by Lois Elfman
Saint Peter’s University has signed an agreement with Ross University School of Medicine with the goal of increasing diversity in the U.S. physician workforce.
Over the past decade, the Jesuit institution in New Jersey has seen the enrollment of Hispanic students go from approximately 25 percent of the undergraduate student population to nearly 50 percent. Designated a Hispanic serving institution (HIS) for more than two decades, the university has introduced support services through its Center for English Language Acquisition that have helped nearly close the achievement gap between Hispanic and White students.
Dr. Frederick Bonato, provost and vice president for academic affairs, said associate vice president for academic affairs Dr. Mildred Mihlon met with representatives of Ross University School of Medicine at a meeting of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). After several months of discussions, an agreement was signed earlier this month.