Welcome from the Associate Dean for Diversity & Academic Affairs


I hope you are all enjoying the last days of summer! I am proud and excited to assume the role as the Associate Dean for Diversity and Academic Affairs. I have joined an amazing team committed to our mission of promoting and ensuring that the NYU community is as diverse as the patient population that we serve. This commitment to diversity includes race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation and faith. 

I look forward to working with you to empower individuals to continually embrace the positive impact of diversity efforts. Curriculum delivery & recruitment and retention of diverse medical students, housestaff and faculty are at the core of our mission. I welcome you to stop by our office and engage with us in our endeavors to teach, learn and inspire.

As Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” We want to enlighten…we want to transform…we want everyone to stand up tall and proudly say…“I am NYU.”

Rhonda G. Acholonu, M.D., FAAP

Associate Dean for Diversity & Academic Affairs
Office of Diversity Affairs 

Director of Medical Education in the Clinical Sciences
Office of Medical Education 

Assistant Director, Pediatric Residency Program
Department of Pediatrics