Vicki T. Sapp, Ph.D.
Director of Student Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion; Assistant Professor, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, Pennsylvania
Dr. Sapp has over 20 years of experience in higher education and 15 have been directly focused on inclusion, diversity, equity, access, retention and success (IDEA+RS). Dr. Sapp is an administrator, researcher, educator, and service provider. Her research, scholarship and publications focus on making the inVISIBLE visible. She focuses on first-generation and student of color populations, college access, retention and success, social justice, and diversity, equity, inclusion, and healthcare topics. Dr. Sapp is responsible for bringing the Safe Zone project to GCSOM. Additionally, she trains, coordinates and is responsible for the design, development and continuous enhancement of the GCSOM Professional Identity Formation Cultural Humility Curriculum: Part I: Cross-Cultural Communication, Part II: DIY: Human Experiences, Part II: Trauma is REAL: Understanding and Interrupting Microaggressions in Healthcare, Part III: Microaggressions Navigating Triggering Events, Part IV: Intersectionality: Examining Concepts of Privilege, Part I: Safe Zone, Part II: Ally Trainings, and Part III: Transgender 101. Moreover, Dr. Sapp is responsible for implementing initiatives such as the Diversity Challenge Pledge, Diversity Video, Courage Card, Cultural Humility Certificate Program, Cultural Bazaars, Admissions Diversity Presentations, Cultural Biographies, Cultural Banner Series and a number of other small programs and sense of belonging initiatives for students, faculty and staff. She is also a Title IX Resources Advisor, Emotional Intelligent Coach and Green Dot Sexual Assault Trainer. She has her Title IX Level One Coordinator, and Adult Mental Health First Aid certificates. She serves as a board member on several boards: Geisinger Diversity and Inclusion Council over 30,000 employees, GCSOM Accessibility and Learning Environment Committees, Geisinger’s Employee Resource Group Black Outreach and Leadership Development (BOLD) lead over 650 Black employees, Northeastern Pennsylvania Diversity Education Consortium (NEPDEC), Robert A. Davis Scholarship, Black Scranton Project, Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) Implicit Bias Training Rules Curriculum Subgroup, and Sapp Family Scholarship Fund.
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