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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 of Faculty Development and Student Talent Enhancement, Diversity, House and Learning Community Program, CMS Faculty Affairs, 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

Manager, Academic Learning Environment

Mildred M.G. Olivier

Mildred M.G. Olivier, MD, FACS

Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

Hector Rasgado-Flores

Hector Rasgado‑Flores, PhD

Director of Diversity, Outreach, and Success

Christina Rontell

Christina Rontell, MS

Coordinator, Diversity & Faculty Development

Carl Lawson

Carl Lawson, PhD, MPH, MA

RFUMS Director of Interprofessional Global Health; Interim Director of Learning Environment Diversity

Courtney Muir

Courtney Muir, MA

Coordinator, Global Health & Special Projects

William Agbor Baiyee

William Agbor Baiyee, PhD

Assistant Dean for Educational Research and Student Learning

Allie Cassidy

Allie Cassidy

Student Programs Coordinator

Judy Potashkin

Judy Potashkin, PhD

Director of Faculty Affairs

Laurie Lonicki

Laurie Lonicki

Faculty Appointment Coordinator