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Academic Learning Environment (ALE)

The Office of Academic Learning Environment (ALE) is dedicated to promoting a healthy learning environment for students, faculty, and staff. It comprises Faculty and Student Talent Enhancement, Faculty and Staff Recognition, Diversity, the House and Learning Community Program, and Global and Community Health.


  • Create an environment that fosters individualized progressive skill-based learning of medical students and faculty members.
  • Foster professionalism and professional behaviors by addressing diversity, health and wellness, and interprofessionalism within the medical community.
  • Promote a healthy and vigorous learning environment by recognizing and enhancing the medical school's most valuable resources (faculty and staff).


Nutan Vaidya

Nutan Vaidya, MD

Senior Associate Dean for Academic Learning Environment

Brie Hodgins

Brie Hodgins

Administrative Coordinator

Mildred M.G. Olivier

Mildred M.G. Olivier, MD, FACS

Assistant Dean for Diversity

Hector Rasgado-Flores

Hector Rasgado‑Flores, PhD

Director of Diversity, Outreach, and Success

Carl Lawson

Carl Lawson, PhD, MPH, MA

RFUMS Director of Interprofessional Global Health

Courtney Muir

Courtney Muir

Programs Coordinator

William Agbor Baiyee

William Agbor Baiyee, PhD

Assistant Dean for Educational Research and Student Learning

Allie Cassidy

Allie Cassidy

Student Programs Coordinator

Leslie Zun

Leslie Zun, MD, MBA

Assistant Dean for Faculty Talent Enhancement

Judy Potashkin

Judy Potashkin, PhD

Director of Faculty Affairs

Naushaba Khan

Naushaba Khan

Administrative Director