Monday, September 28, 2015

5th Annual "We're in this together: Partnering for Health" free event, 10/27

“We’re in this Together: Partnering for Health”
Kauffman Foundation Conference Center
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

This FREE event highlights partnerships and encourages open discussion among the faith-based community, academic health centers, community health workers and community-based service organizations.

We hope you will attend to engage with other regional health researchers, community-based organizations, and public health professionals to address health disparities in our communities.

Please click here to register or the link below
For more information, contact Todd Moore

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Training opportunity: The Impact of Civil Rights Laws on Health Care Disparities, 10/14

Faculty and students from medicine, nursing and health professions are invited to an upcoming training event:
Stopping Discrimination Before it Starts: The Impact of Civil Rights Laws on Health Care Disparities

Please join KUMC and representatives from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services(HHS) and the 
Office for Civil Rights(OCR) 
Oct. 14, 2015 1-3 pm Wahl Hall East-WHE, overflow viewing in Rieke, ITV to Salina-Rm#116 and Wichita-Santa Fe Rm Presenting  
Stopping Discrimination Before it Starts: The Impact of Civil Rights Laws on Health Care Disparities

*The purpose of the initiative is to enhance medical school instruction by helping students and health care professionals appreciate their role in
reducing health disparities in American communities. The presentation is based on Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964,
which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Microaggressions Webinar, 9/30, 1:00 - 2:30

The EVC Diversity & Inclusion Cabinet and the Office of International Programs will sponsor a webinar event on September 30.  A recording will be available if you are unable to participate that day.  For more information, contact Kimberly Connelly, 588-1480 or

Microaggressions:  A campus climate conversation 

with Maura Cullen

September 30, 1:00- 2:30 CST

Rieke Auditorium, 

ITV to Wichita  Santa Fe Room and Salina Room 210

Join us for this conversation with leading diversity expert, Maura Cullen, as she provides insight and suggestions for assessing and improving your campus climate. In a year that has seen tremendous upheaval, on campuses and in communities at large, it’s critical to consider the role and responsibility you have in creating a safe and secure campus environment for your students and staff.

    “It’s not a big deal.” We often hear that after an insensitive comment is made. But what happens when that comment is indicative of an undercurrent of racism or other social tension on campus? An environment where some of your students feel invisible or unsafe? “IT” is a big deal. These “microaggressions” create a larger divide and have a cumulative impact, leaving students feeling unheard, unsafe and unwelcome.

    As they reach their tipping points, students are becoming more and more active in confronting these acts. They turn to your professional staff of color, especially those in position of providing extensive care and advisement — sometimes to their own detriment. They begin to feel underappreciated and burnt out in the face of upheaval. At the same time, staff members of dominant identities are beginning to feel that potential pitfalls and land mines are inevitable, leaving them at a loss for how to best support their colleagues and students with target identities.

    Maura will discuss communication traps and how to avoid them, as well as what tools to use in their place. This webinar will include an extended Q&A, where Maura will engage in open-ended dialogue designed to get at the heart of how institutions can maintain a community of respect and open dialogue, in spite of today’s challenging social climate and growing tensions.

Participation Outcomes
Participants will take away:
  • Strategies for creating a more inclusive and socially just community — this looks very different than it did years ago.
  • Ways to confront non-inclusive behaviors appropriately, so the situation doesn't escalate thus leaving all parties feeling unsafe and your institutional mission compromised.
  • Tools for identifying personal bias and stereotypes — and what to do about it.
  • The ability to recognize intersectionality and how it impacts the personal identity dynamic.
Common ground for conversation with your professional staff and faculty, so you can work together to assess your campus climate and put action steps in place for addressing issues in 2015-16 — are any of your policies or practices unintentionally sending messages that may make marginalized groups feel unsafe or unsupported?

Safe Zone Training, rescheduled for Oct. 23

This event is being rescheduled for Oct. 23 - more details to follow.  

KUMC affirms our commitment to a diverse and inclusive community in many ways. You can contribute to building this inclusive learning environment by joining us in the Safe Zone program.

The Office of Student Life has been working to put together an official Safe Zone Training for our campus.  This training will encompass education around the issues of sexual orientation and gender identity and be ongoing throughout the year as to develop a safety net for students, faculty and staff struggling with these issues. We envision the program as a visible network of allies who support each other and support individual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people. We hope to build a climate where everyone feels safe and accepted.

The Safe Zone training will discuss respectful terminology, transgender concerns, and other topics that will help you become a better ally. The expectations are when people see a person who has displayed the Safe Zone logo, they know that this person has self-identified as a supporter and advocate of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community. They can expect this person to respect their confidentiality, provide them with resources, and listen.

Our first training for the Fall semester will be on Friday, September 25th from 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Space is limited to 25 so if you can’t make it this semester, look for upcoming trainings in the spring.

To attend, please register HERE.  Questions can be directed to Courtney Murdock ( in the Office of Student Life.

Thank you for your ongoing support!

Courtney Murdock
Graduate Assistant, Office of Student Life
University of Kansas Medical Center
G005 Orr Major, MS 4018
(913) 588-6681

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Roy Jensen to receive Crescent Peace Society's Humanitarian Award

The Crescent Peace Society of Kansas City, established in 1996 after the Oklahoma City bombing, will honor Dr. Roy Jensen, Director of the KU Cancer Center, with the Humanitarian Award during their 19th Annual Awards Dinner on September 12. 

Other 2015 Award Winners include:

Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council 
Lifetime Achievement Award: 
James A. Everett
Former CIA Intelligence Officer; Author of "The Making and Breaking of an American Spy"

Humanitarian Award: 
Dr. Roy A. Jensen,
Director of the University of Kansas Cancer Center

Journalism Award:
Rany Jazayerli
Founder of Rany on the Roals; Writer for

Education Award:
Dialogue Institute of the Southwest 

Syed Farrukh Shabbir, MD Memorial Scholarship:
Two High School Seniors from the Greater Kansas City Area

About the Crescent Peace Society
The Crescent Peace Society is a not for profit organization established in 1996. The Society was formed  after the Oklahoma City bombing by a small group of committed Muslims from the  Greater Kansas City area. This painful event in Oklahoma, affected not only the victims and their families, but also our entire nation. For the Muslim community, it affected children who were afraid to attend their schools when  there was much misinformation about who committed this heinous crime.  The Society seeks to reach out at the local level to enhance understanding through educational and cultural interactions with other faiths and the media.

Diversity & Inclusion Cabinet Meeting re: Campus Climate Study, 9/15 3:30 p.m. SON Auditorium

The EVC's Diversity & Inclusion Cabinet will meet on September 15, 2015, from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. in the School of Nursing Auditorium to review the Campus Climate Study set to launch later in the fall semester.  ITV locations are available:

Wichita: TBD

Salina: Salina Room 210

KUMC: G013 SON Auditorium

Lawrence: Malott Room, Kansas Union (phone conference only)