The mission for the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs is to educate the next generation of physicians to be culturally and socially sensitive to the diverse backgrounds of fellow students, faculty, staff, and patients. By doing so, we believe that we will contribute to the elimination of health inequities locally and globally. To accomplish our mission, we recognize that diversity, social change, and equity must be addressed at multiple, interconnected levels. Therefore, we strive to strengthen and empower our faculty, staff, and students to develop and use their knowledge to serve and heal the world around them.
Carlton Young, MD
Dr. Carlton Young serves as the Assistant Dean for Medical Student Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Alabama School of Medicine (UASOM), a step in UAB's ongoing commitment to combat health disparities by educating a health care workforce that meets the needs of a diverse state and nation. As part of the Office of Diversity & Multicultural Affairs, Young is responsible for developing partnerships with undergraduate students and programs to help those students be more competitive in applying to medical school. He has been and continues to serve as a professor in the Department of Surgery since 1997, director of the pancreas transplant program and director of pediatric renal transplantation. His research focuses on health disparities in transplantation, primarily in African Americans, an interest he says will dovetail well with his current responsibilities.
Marquita Hicks, MD
Dr. Marquita Hicks is an Associate Professor for the UAB Department of Emergency Medicine and serves as the Director of Community Engagement in the Office of Diversity & Multicultural Affairs. She was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas and completed her undergraduate education at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. She attended medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, in Kansas City, KS. She completed her internship at Howard University, in Washington, D.C., and residency training at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, MI. Dr. Hicks' professional and community interests include communication skills, diversity education and healthcare disparities. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and young son.
Brandon Wolfe, PhD
Dr. Brandon Wolfe serves as the Director of Minority Enhancement in the Office of Diversity & Multicultural Affairs. He received his PhD in Higher Education Administration from Auburn University and his research interests include educational socialization, multicultural education, leadership, organizational theory, and student development. Specifically, he explores how these variables intersect and influence equity, access, and minority persistence in higher education. On a more personal note, Dr. Wolfe is a native of Birmingham, a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, and he enjoys teaching, reading, sports, and volunteering his time to causes that he cares about.
Nadia Richardson, PhD
Dr. Nadia Richardson serves as the Associate Director of the Office of Diversity & Multicultural Affairs (ODMA). She received her PhD in Higher Education Administration from the University of Alabama. Her professional experience includes working with international educational nonprofit organizations in Houston, TX, Washington, DC and Fairfax, VA as well as various university student affairs departments. In her position with the ODMA, Dr. Richardson is responsible for developing and organizing diversity initiatives and programs throughout the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine (UABSOM). Her research interests include diversity, cultural competency and mental health advocacy in higher education. When Dr. Richardson is not at the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter.
Tamara Eason, MBA, MPH
Tamara Eason serves as Program Manager in the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (ODMA). She is a native of Birmingham, AL and received her BS from The University of Alabama in 2002, and her MPH and MBA from The University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2005. Her professional experience includes program management, case management, and research. Mrs. Eason assists in strengthening the pipeline programs; Health Careers Opportunity Program and the Summer Health Enrichment Program. When Mrs. Eason is not working, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and three children.
Alfreda Johnson serves as Office Service Specialist III in the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (ODMA). She is a native of Birmingham, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Mrs. Johnson assists the department in administering student programs. her professional experience includes finance and management. Mrs. Johnson's interests include community affairs, writing and research. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.