University of Vermont

UVM ALANA Recognizes Faculty for Work with Underrepresented Pre-Medical Students

Beverly Colston, ALANA Student Center Director; Margaret Tandoh, M.D.; Elizabeth Bonney, M.D.; Tiffany Delaney, MA.Ed
From left to right: Beverly Colston, ALANA Student Center Director; Margaret Tandoh, M.D.; Elizabeth Bonney, M.D.; Tiffany Delaney, MA.Ed

Three University of Vermont College of Medicine faculty and staff members have been honored for their work at the University promoting racial and ethnic justice, inclusion and equity.

Elizabeth Bonney, M.D., Tiffany Delaney, MA.Ed., and Margaret Tandoh, M.D., have received the Outstanding Club Advisor Award from the UVM ALANA Center, a campus-wide organization dedicated to supporting “the holistic development of African, Latino(a), Asian, Native American and bi or multiracial students.” Bonney, a professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, serves as the faculty advisor for the UVM Minority Association of Premedical Students (MAPS) group. Tandoh is an assistant professor of surgery and assistant dean for diversity and inclusion at the College of Medicine; Delaney is the College’s director of admissions and outreach and the co-chair of the Dean’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. They received their award at the ALANA Spring Banquet held on April 18, 2014, at UVM’s Davis Center.

MAPS supports under-represented students interested in medicine by providing career and academic counseling. The goal is to create opportunities to explore the medical field through networking and outreach, as well as help students become competitive medical school applicants. Bonney has worked with Delaney and Tandoh to coordinate activities that introduce MAPS undergrads to medical school, including attending lectures during the Foundations level of the Vermont Integrated Curriculum, and participating in a clinical skills event in the UVM/Fletcher Allen Clinical Simulation Lab. They’ve also founded a mentoring program that matches MAPS participants with current medical students, and have instituted an annual social where medical students can meet each other and exchange ideas.

The College’s diversity strategic plan includes a focus on the development of collaborative outreach programs and partnerships.

“Data shows that a lack of diversity in voices, perspectives, and approaches poses a threat to quality, and the ability to answer the complex educational, scientific, and translational questions the sciences now face,” Bonney says. “This lack of diversity is also one of the drivers of the health disparities that we now observe in minority communities. For these reasons, I have endeavored to support the participation in science and medicine by motivated and hard-working people from underrepresented groups and to further their positive agendas when I can.”

The ALANA Awards Banquet honors members of the UVM ALANA community who have done outstanding work related to diversity and inclusion. Students, faculty and staff from across UVM receive awards related to social justice work, community building, leadership, and mentorship.