Paula K. Davis, MA

  • Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Health Sciences

As associate vice chancellor for diversity, equity, and inclusion, health sciences, at the University of Pittsburgh, Paula K. Davis, MA, coordinates the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, students, and staff in the health sciences schools. She provides education on cultural competence, creating an inclusive environment and eliminating structural and implicit bias. In addition, her office aims to increase engagement among all health sciences stakeholders through a number of initiatives that examine the intersection of health sciences, racism, and marginalized populations.

As the founding assistant vice chancellor for health sciences diversity since 2007, Ms. Davis has led the Office of Health Sciences Diversity in promoting a diverse and inclusive environment throughout the Schools of the Health Sciences. At the School of Medicine, she has served as assistant dean for admissions and financial aid, for student affairs, and director of diversity programs. Ms. Davis has worked in a variety of student-support fields, including academic advising, admissions, alumni relations, and financial aid and has worked with pre-college, undergraduate, graduate, and medical students.

In 2003, Ms. Davis was honored with the Chancellor’s Affirmative Action Award. Her professional activities have included two terms as director of the northeast region of the National Association of Medical Minority Educators, vice president of the board of the FISA Foundation, vice president of the Greater Pittsburgh Higher Education Diversity Consortium, and advocacy for autism research and education. She earned her BA in English and MA in communications at Pitt.