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Juanyce D. Taylor, PhD

Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Juanyce TaylorDr. Juanyce D. Taylor was appointed chief diversity and inclusion officer in 2016 to accelerate the integration of diversity and inclusive practices within the Medical Center’s mission areas and workforce. Taylor also leads several institutional committees such as the Vice Chancellor’s Council on Diversity and Inclusion, the Institutional Climate Committee, and the Health Care Disparities Council. Previous roles at UMMC include assistant dean for research and innovation and chair of the Department of Health Sciences in the School of Health Related Professions, and director of diversity assessment and programs.

In 2016, Taylor was inducted into the Nelson Order – UMMC’s teaching honorary – and  received the Diversity Award for Excellence by the Mississippi Board of Trustees for State Institutions of Higher Learning. She was also selected to participate in the Healthcare Executive Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program of the Association of American Medical Colleges in 2015 and the America’s Leaders of Change leadership program by the National Urban Fellows from 2012-13.

Prior to coming to UMMC in 2008, Taylor worked at the University of Mississippi and Auburn University, leading programs designed to increase faculty diversity in STEM fields, and improving access to higher education and student retention among diverse student populations. 

Taylor is a native of Jackson, Miss., and earned her BS and PhD from the University of Southern Mississippi and a MSEd from Jackson State University. She maintains her faculty appointment as a professor in the Doctor of Health Administration Program in the School of Health Related Professions.