Ida L. Castro, MA, JD named Vice President of Social Justice and Diversity

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Media Contact: Kathryn Delmar
Manger of Marketing Communications
(570) 504-9612 kdelmar@tcmedc.com

The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) has announced that Ida L. Castro, MA, JD has been appointed Vice President of Social Justice and Diversity. Ms. Castro will oversee social justice and diversity issues relating to workforce, faculty and students as well as the development of timelines, goals, incentives and strategies to ensure TCMC provides a learning and working environment that emphasizes the dignity and worth of every member of its community. She will be involved with social justice and diversity initiatives including working as an integrator and collaborator with the admissions process, human resources functions, student office and academic affairs office and marketing functions.

“Ms. Castro’s ability to connect with multiple audiences and create diverse strategic alliances will be a great resource for TCMC. She will serve as a great motivator for our faculty, academic deans and others to enhance diversity and social justice throughout the College. We are exceptionally pleased to have attracted someone with a track record of such exemplary public service and diverse experience. ”stated President and Dean, Robert D’Alessandri, MD.

Ms. Castro brings recent experience in developing partnerships with national policy, advocacy and media organizations. Ms. Castro recently worked in public broadcasting to develop V-me, the first Spanish speaking digital broadcast network for WNET in New York City. Prior to her arrival to Scranton, Ms. Castro was appointed by the President and served as the Chairwoman of the US Equal Employment Opportunity commission. In addition, she served as Chair of the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA) Taskforce on Healthcare Diversity and created the Management Diversity Leadership Academy in conjunction with Baruch College/CUNY and GNYHA, and Commissioner with the NJ State Department of Personnel. Ms. Castro is a former Associate Professor at Rutgers University, Institute of Management and Labor Relations and also served as Director of the Women’s Bureau, US Department of Labor. She earned an MA in Labor Studies from Rutgers Graduate School and a JD from Rutgers School of Law in Newark, NJ.

The Commonwealth Medical College is a new medical school that will serve all of northeastern Pennsylvania and expects to accept sixty medical students and thirty Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) students in 2009. The College will have campuses in Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and Williamsport. The Commonwealth Medical College is dedicated to training the next generation of physicians in a communitybased model. Focusing on selecting students with a propensity for community service, the school’s unique structure is designed to provide these students with diverse clinical experiences from the very first day of their education. The Commonwealth Medical College has received degree-granting authority from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and completed its applications for accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. For more information, go to www.thecommonwealthmedical.com.

TCMC has been granted degree-granting authority from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. We are in the process
of seeking preliminary accreditation from the Liaison Committee of Medical Education. The Commonwealth Medical
Education Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).