Diversity and Inclusion

Mercer University School of Medicine is committed to fostering an environment that is dedicated to providing equity and fairness among all of our students. That’s why we offer a variety of resources to help students of varying backgrounds and life experiences to feel supported and a sense of belonging. These resources include:

  • Academic Counseling
  • Career Counseling
  • Financial Counseling
  • Library Resources
  • Mentorship Opportunities
  • Student Organizations
  • Wellness Checks

Meet Our Diversity Leadership

  • Ansley Booker, PhD

    Mercer University, Diversity and Inclusion Director

    "Our goal is to train future practitioners to not only be empathic, compassionate healthcare professionals but to also demonstrate cultural humility in an ever-evolving multicultural society."

  • Thomas, Wanda

    Wanda Thomas, MLIS

    MUSM, Chief Diversity Officer

    "Diversity is about being inclusive, welcoming and fair. As chief diversity officer, my goal is to lead the School’s ongoing effort to put diversity at the forefront of everything we do.”

Meet Our Diversity Directors

Within the Office of Student Affairs and Support Services, a dedicated underrepresented in medicine (URiM) staff person is present on the medical school campuses in Macon, Savannah and Columbus. This qualified staff person is easily accessible and available to provide support, information and resources for URiM students to ensure they receive the tools and resources necessary to succeed in medical school and beyond.

  • LaQuanta Hamilton

    Director of URiM


  • Terri Walker

    Director of URiM


  • Vanessa Wallace-Lonon

    Director of URiM


Representation Matters

At Mercer, we understand that an organizational structure rich in diversity gives us a greater understanding and appreciation for the unique needs of our students and the patients they will someday serve. That’s why we asked our medical students to share their thoughts on the importance of diversity in medicine.