The Rutgers School of Public Health has named Dr. Teri Lassiter as the school’s inaugural assistant dean for public health practice, diversity, and inclusion. Dr. Lassiter will help shape the school’s curriculum while guiding its faculty and students as they serve local, regional, and national public health interests.
[Photo: Dr. Teri Lassiter]
In her new role, Dr. Lassiter will ensure that the Rutgers School of Public Health’s academic programming builds and enhances the skills of tomorrow’s public health professionals and workforce with an eye toward the diverse experiences and perspectives of scholars and the diverse populations of New Jersey. Dr. Lassiter will be instrumental in ensuring that curricula and courses incorporate diverse perspectives that attend the public heath challenges faced by all populations of New Jersey and the United States. She will also work with the school’s office of student affairs to create systems that support student learning and success with regard to diverse student life experiences such as, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and nation of birth, among other indicators.
According to Dr. Perry N. Halkitis, dean of the Rutgers School of Public Health, “because of her enormous dedication and success working with students and close involvement with the communities that we serve, Dr. Lassiter is poised to help our school further realize its potential and enhance the students’ applied practice experiences. Dr. Lassiter joins the school’s leadership and helps further realize its commitment to serve all individuals with whom we work with grace and humility in inclusive ways that improve their health and the quality of their lives.”