Would you like to get involved?  Workgroups are a great opportunity for members of the SOM Staff to contribute to the efforts of the Office of Staff Development.

Staff Appreciation

Believing appreciation can go a long way in contributing to a loyal and productive workforce, this Workgroup focuses on the annual SOM Staff Appreciation Event, the Above and Beyond Award, and other smaller forms of recognition such as "Random Acts of Kindness".  If you would like to assist with this Workgroup, contact Alaina Shapiro (

Communication -

Staff Matters Newsletter/Did You Know...

The Communication Workgroup is committed to providing staff in the School of Medicine current and relevant information that assists with personal and professional growth and development.  This workgroup will work on the quarterly Staff Matters newsletter and the bi-weekly Did You Know... emails.  If you are a writer and would like to contribute please contact Charlotte Whitehead (

Diversity Education

Vision: The Diversity Education Workgroup (DEW) is committed to creating an environment inclusive of people from all backgrounds such that all feel welcome and flourish in an atmosphere of openness and transparency.

Mission: We will provide education to create an environment in which everyone feels welcome. We will do this by increasing awareness, appreciation, and sensitivity to all aspects of diversity.

Goals: 1) The SOM Diversity Education Workgroup will sponsor or promote at least one diversity awareness program per month. Awareness programs are typically shorter in length and informational in nature (lunch and learns, grand rounds, etc.).

SOM Wellness Committee

Mission and Purpose Statement:

  • The Wellness Committee of the Office of Staff Development serves Emory University's School of Medicine by encouraging personal and professional productivity, and physical and mental wellbeing. 
  • The mission of the School of Medicine Wellness Committee is to foster a worksite culture that supports healthy lifestyle choices.

Contact Christie Kuropatwa (