Portland, Ore.Oregon Health Sciences University has hired the man who developed a nationally recognized minority recruitment program in Colorado as vice provost for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. German R. Nuñez G., Ph.D., will develop programs designed to increase the enrollment of underrepresented minorities at OHSU and oversee programs to increase the overall diversity of the campus.
"My focus here will be to support and help the university community put programs into place that contribute to a pleasant and diverse climate at OHSU," Nuñez said. "Clearly, OHSU understands that in order to address the needs of the increasingly broad patient population we serve, diversity makes sense as a good business practice and can be a key factor in the enrichment of the educational, professional, intellectual and personal experience of all members of our institution."
Nuñez will institute student recruitment and retention programs targeted at underserved groups in OHSU's schools of dentistry, medicine and nursing. He will serve on the School of Medicine Admission Committee and plans to create an outreach program for K-12 schools and colleges to encourage more students to pursue careers in the health sciences. He also will institute a Multicultural Week celebration on campus to recognize the various cultures represented at OHSU.
Prior to joining OHSU, Nuñez served as director for the nationally recognized Success in Engineering through Excellence and Diversity program at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Through this program, first-year minority students admitted to the university's College of Engineering and Applied Science are introduced to a support network that helps them build a connection to the student community. They also receive assistance in the basic sciences, including calculus, physics, chemistry and computer programming. While director of SEED, Nuñez was responsible for increasing the school's overall retention rate for first-year minority students to 87 percent.
Nuñez has lived in Italy, Mexico, Peru, Spain and Venezuela and speaks fluent Spanish and Italian.
"OHSU is pleased and proud to have attracted someone of Dr. Nuñez's caliber," said Lesley Hallick, Ph.D., provost and vice president for academic affairs.