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Jesse Edwards, director of Diversity and Equal Opportunity

        Jesse Edwards, director of Diversity & Equal Opportunity







What is your role at UMMS and how does it support the overall institution?
I am the director of Diversity & Equal Opportunity. As our nation and health care needs change, our institutions need to reflect that change.  My role is to support the UMMS mission of being a diverse and inclusive institution by ensuring that all who work and learn here can do so in an environment that is inclusive and free from harassment and discrimination.

What part of your job brings you the greatest satisfaction?
I love being in a position to help people. However, what brings me greatest satisfaction is managing our Emerging Professionals and Building Brighter Futures with Youth Program.  Exposing young people to UMMS opens a world of possibilities that many of them never knew existed.

What keeps you at UMass Medical School?
Besides loving what I do, the team of people that I work with and the programming that comes out of the Diversity & Inclusion Office are top notch!