RFU Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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RFU is Committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

“We must break down barriers to educational access if we hope to train compassionate, culturally competent healthcare practitioners who reflect the communities they will serve. Diversity in our professional ranks is key to improving health care, population health and health outcomes.”

Wendy Rheault, PT, PhD, FASAHP, FNAP, DipACLM,

President and CEO, Rosalind Franklin University

Rosalind Franklin University's tradition of developing a diverse healthcare workforce will be strengthened by helping learners from historically underrepresented groups successfully matriculate. These scholarships and outreach education initiatives are designed to remove barriers to education, promote diversity in our classrooms and fuel the drive toward a medical culture that better represents a multicultural society.



·  Presidential Diversity Endowed Scholarship will recognize the academic achievement and potential of the University’s students from a broad range of background experiences, and who have a variety of social identities such as, but not limited to, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and differently abled-ness.

·  Fannie H. Emanuel, MD, 1915 Memorial Endowed Scholarship will provide financial assistance to African American medical students who exemplify Dr. Emanuel's dedication to civic leadership as demonstrated by their commitment to health equity, community-based care and/or interprofessional care.

·  Agnes D. Lattimer, MD ’54 Memorial Endowed Scholarship, named for a pioneer among African-American physicians in the Chicago region, will support the ongoing financial needs of medical students from groups underrepresented in medicine.

·  Anthony D. Jagger, DPM ’66 and Patrick A. DeHeer, DPM ’90 Honorary Endowed Scholarship will benefit students from Indiana attending the Dr. William M. Scholl Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine who have financial need and are from an underrepresented group.

·  George B. Geppner, DPM ’50 and Milo Turnbo, DPM ’34, Memorial Minority Student Endowed Scholarship empowers minority students who excel academically at the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine.  

·  John M. Metz Sr., DPM ’42 Memorial Endowed Scholarship empowers African-American students who excel academically at the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine.    

Outreach Educational Initiatives:

  • Science Saturdays, also known as the Pre-professional Research Laboratory Assistant Course, teaches local at-risk high school students core laboratory techniques, the scientific method and other key science concepts in preparation for laboratory-based positions and careers. 
  • INSPIRE Summer Research Program is a hands-on research, mentoring and academic enrichment program helping at-risk high school and college students in Lake County, Illinois pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), particularly in the areas of health science and biomedical research. 
  • Pre-Matriculation Program (PMP) is a multi-track academic enrichment program that offers highly motivated post-baccalaureate students from disadvantaged backgrounds professional mentorship, hands-on coursework, standardized test preparation, and concrete advising to help them pursue their dreams of becoming healthcare professionals.

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