Vicki T. Sapp, PhD named 'distinguished alumnus' by Buffalo State

Dr. Sapp is Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine director of student engagement, diversity and inclusion and a faculty member

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SCRANTON, PA (05/03/2018) Vicki T. Sapp, Ph.D., director of student engagement, diversity and inclusion and a faculty member at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, will receive the "Distinguished Alumnus" award from the Educational Opportunity Department (EOP) at State University of New York College at Buffalo (Buffalo State) on May 10. The award will be presented at the EOP Honors Convocation and 50th Anniversary Celebration, an event that honors the exemplary academic performance of current students, in addition to recognizing outstanding alumni.

The "Distinguished Alumnus" award is presented annually to a candidate withsignificant achievement and recognition in his/her field and who represents the ideals of lifelong learning and self-empowerment.

In addition to earning her bachelor's and master's degrees from Buffalo State, Dr. Sapp earned her Ph.D. in higher educational leadership and policy from the University of Rochester and has taught at the University of Rochester, Canisius College, the University of Buffalo, SUNY Cortland and SUNY Fredonia. At GCSOM, Dr. Sapp develops programming and support services to promote diversity, inclusion, cultural competency and student leadership. She also works closely with GCSOM student clubs and organizations.

Prior to her appointment to GCSOM, Dr. Sapp served as assistant director of housing services at Capstone on Campus Management. She also was director of community and organizational development at the University of Rhode Island and served as assistant director of the Office of Residential Life and Housing Services at the University of Rochester, as the associate director of the Intercultural and Diversity Center at the University of Buffalo, and as coordinator for Multicultural Affairs at SUNY Cortland.

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (Geisinger Commonwealth) is a member of the Geisinger family. Geisinger Commonwealth offers a community-based model of medical education with campuses in Danville, Doylestown, Scranton, Sayre and Wilkes-Barre. Geisinger Commonwealth offers Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) degrees. The college's innovative curriculum, focused on caring for people in the context of their lives and their community, attracts the next generation of physicians and scientists from within its 17-county region in northeastern and north central Pennsylvania, as well as from across the state and the nation. Geisinger Commonwealth is committed to non-discrimination in all employment and educational opportunities. Visit