The Office of Medical Education is pleased to announce that Mr. Kamau Jamal Abercrombia is appointed as the Director of Student Diversity and Inclusion Pipeline Programming.


Jamal joined COM in June of 2019 as an Admissions and Student Affairs Coordinator. During his time, he has been involved in many aspects of CNU life including serving on several committees; reconfiguring student government; coordinating large events; fostering intercollegiate collaboration amongst students; managing all Student Interest Groups; providing tours and support to prospective students; and providing guidance to student leaders. Jamal has built a strong rapport with students across the university.


Prior to joining CNU, Jamal worked for the Recording Connection Audio Institute where he was the Educational Developer. In this role he oversaw the school’s career and student services department, developed eight curriculums in music production, live sound, and composition. He authored and co-authored seven course textbooks and was a driving force in the institutions BPPE licensure process. As an instructor with the school, Jamal has worked with a wide diversity of students and industry professionals. Upon leaving the Recording Connection, Jamal worked as a consultant for a Los Angeles area music school startup providing his insight into curriculum and program development. Before relocating to Sacramento, Jamal worked as Program Coordinator for a non-profit music organization providing free education and support to young musicians interested in careers and the pursuit of higher education in music.


Jamal holds a Master’s degree from California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) and is in the dissertation writing stage of earning a Doctorate in Education for Organizational Change and Leadership at the University of Southern California (USC). His research in on how to increase the number of African American physicians in the united states. His focus is on increasing pre-med pipeline retention by addressing the organizational gaps in institutional support programs through increasing student stakeholder equity. He hopes his work can be used as a framework to be applied towards other underrepresented populations.


Please join me and congratulate Jamal for his new position in addition to his current duties.

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