Director, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Teresa Mastin, Ph.D. (Michigan State University) is the Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. She is charged with showcasing diversity and inclusion efforts occurring within the FSM community and with initiating and supporting efforts that work to embed diversity and inclusion as a core element of the FSM culture. Issues frequently discuss in the FSM diversity and inclusion space include pipeline programs, implicit bias, cultural humility, holistic admissions, cultural competency, etc. Mastin transitioned to this position after approximately 20 years as a professor of public relations and advertising where she used her teaching, research, and leadership endeavors to shed light on media coverage of women and minority health issues and on the construction of media advocacy as a change agent. She advocates on behalf of groups less likely to advocate for themselves because of lack knowledge, ability, access, and or time. The ultimate goal is to provide resources that lead to awareness, knowledge, and access that help vulnerable groups become change agents in regard to issues that impact their lives. Mastin has served as a Fulbright Specialist in eastern Africa, Rwanda (2008); Kenya (2011), addressing health communication issues that impact disadvantaged women and children. She serves on several editorial boards, Health Communication and The Howard Journal of Communications, and as a board member for a community based mental health organization, Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4).