Tuesday, November 8, 2016

EVC Doug Girod: A Special Thank You to Veterans

As our nation prepares this Friday to officially honor the sacrifice and service of our veterans, I want to take a moment to share more about KU Medical Center's commitment to our veterans, especially our students, faculty, staff and alumni who have served our country.

For many on our campus and throughout our country, the Armed Forces has served as a catalyst to help them reach this point in their lives…a point in which they can share acquired knowledge with others or accept that knowledge in hopes of a better or more fulfilled life.

Each year, our campus finds ways to celebrate veterans’ contributions and say “thank you.” This week, there are activities taking place on the medical center campus as well as the KU campus in Lawrence. I invite you to attend these events and encourage you to find your own ways to thank those around you who have served us all by serving our country.

·         The Friesen Lecture in the History of Surgery
Justin Barr, M.D., Duke University
“Surgical Repair of Arteries in War and Peace, 1880–1960”
Thursday, Nov. 10
4 p.m. reception in the Clendening Foyer, 1000 Robinson
4:30 p.m. lecture in the Clendening Auditorium, 2004 Robinson
·         Veterans Week Activities at KU-Lawrence
In addition to the activities taking place this week, the Institute for Community Engagement, in collaboration with multiple departments on campus, offers a centralized resource in KU Medical Center’s Military and Veterans Affairs initiative. This resource is available year-round for all current and prospective military-connected students, staff and faculty who:
·         Are serving on Active Duty or in the Reserves or National Guard
·         Are military dependents
·         Are Gold Star family members

As a military veteran myself, I encourage our veterans and those who will be a part of the military in the future to take advantage of this resource. 

We are immensely proud of our veterans both on campus and across the country. As you enjoy this Friday off to observe Veteran’s Day, I hope you take the time to let our military, past and present, know how much you appreciate their service and sacrifice.

Douglas A. Girod, M.D., FACS
Executive Vice Chancellor

University of Kansas Medical Center

Friday, October 14, 2016

Critical Mass Gathering & Mentoring Event, 10/15

Student National Medical Association presents

Critical Mass Gathering & Mentoring Event
October 15, 2016

Meet diverse physicians in the KC area and other medical students from the neighboring medical programs. It’s a FREE event that will provide a delicious meal and multiple events. The events are geared to help you socialize and discuss very important topics in the field of medicine. Most importantly it’s a great chance to network with all who attend!

Link to RSVP:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeQ9BSq9zyMlBPegY9X6tu95rtUszGsqbV5q0stj9OJ5NhSmg/viewform

If you have any questions about the event, you can email Estafani Rivas at erivas@kumc.edu.

We hope to see you there!

The Student National Medical Association (SNMA)


"Supporting students under-represented in medicine and from traditionally under-served communities"
http://www.SNMA.org/

KUSOM Chapter; SNMA@kumc.edu


LGBTQ+: Beyond Competency to Practice, 10/18

LGBTQ+: Beyond Competency to Practice
Tuesday, October 18 at 12:00 p.m.
Rieke Auditorium

Presented by:  Taryn Acosta Lentz, Ph.D., Licenses Psychologist- Multicultural Specialist
In this interactive seminar you will review language related to gender/sexuality, explore challenges that LGBTQ+ persons face, and practice strategids for afirming LGBTQ+ patients to create a more inclusive environment in your clinics and beyond.

Program designed for students, all are welcome!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Clinical Culture & Diversity Series: To Serve or Not to Serve, 11/15

Clinical Culture & Diversity Series: To Serve or Not to Serve

A conversation facilitated by Mani M. Mani, MD
Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Plastic Surgery.

November 15
12:00-1:00
SON G013 Auditorium
Lunch provided

Sponsored by the Office of International Programs, School of Medicine Office of Diversity & Inclusion and the EVC Diversity & Inclusion Cabinet Programming Subcommittee.

6th Annual Partnering for Health Conference, 10/11

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 welcome Holly Felix, PhD MPA as the 2016 PFH keynote speaker. She is actively engaged in community health efforts helping implement programs and policies to improve public health for Arkansans, including a seminal study on the impact of CHWs on reducing Medicaid costs.
Our conference objectives are:
1. Develop health focused partnerships
2. Explore strategies to preserve the health of our communities
3. Understand perspectives to address community health
4. Provide opportunities for community health workers to grow and develop
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.
Sponsored by:  Frontiers
Kauffman Foundation Conference Center
4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110
REGISTRATION ENDS OCTOBER 5!  Contact Todd Moore for availability: tmoore3@kumc.edu

Multicultural Health and Wellness Fair Oct. 17

Multicultural Health and Wellness Fair Oct. 17

 
​Employees and students are invited to learn about health and wellness practices across cultures, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., Oct. 17, in Murphy Courtyard (backup location will be Kirmayer). The fair will consist of information, resources and demonstrations of wellness services that support emotional and physical health. Activities will include food demonstrations, meditation, yoga, dance performances and more. Email Ryan Gove at rgove@kumc.edu for more information or with questions.
Vendors and departments will include:
  • Chris Wambua – Kamba Fit
  • Integrative Medicine – Healthy eating
  • AKKA Karate – Karate demonstrations/Tai Chi
  • White Light Bookstore and Crystals – Spiritual health
  • Simple Science Juices - Raw, organic and local juice blends
  • Kaushika Panchal – Henna art
  • Be Well on 39th – Acupuncture
  • Acupuncture Society – Acupuncture
  • Lee Veal – Acoustic cranial specialist
  • City in Motion – Belly dance, Afro-aerobic dance, classical Indian dance
  • Bird Ellington Fleming Salsa - Salsa dance

Monday, September 26, 2016

KUMC Police announce Partnership of Trust forum, 10/26

Partnership of Trust Open Forum
Oct. 26, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
School of Nursing Auditorium, Rm. G013

University broadcast email message from Chief Rick Johnson, 9/26/16:

The sole mission of the University of Kansas Medical Center Police Department is to protect the people on this campus. The recent safety concerns that have taken place near campus involving our employees and students have given us even more resolve to do everything within our power to make this campus safer.

I want to take this opportunity to reassure you, especially during this time of unrest in our nation, that our police department has always and will continue to be here to serve you. I also want to invite you to be part of a forum in October where we can have an open discussion of how to better work together and build a partnership of trust.

National statistics show that there are pre-warnings to almost every crime, but they are often unreported because people mistrust or are fearful of the police. We don’t want that to be the case on our campus. I encourage you to remember that the negative actions of a few should not reflect on an entire profession. It is my hope that you will place your trust in our department and let us know what is going on so we can be more effective in keeping everyone safe.

While I cannot speak for every police officer in the country, I can personally vouch for every man and woman on our police force. I am confident of their dedication, integrity, character and ability. Every officer undergoes an extensive background check and psychological and drug testing before they are hired. Every officer receives regular racial bias training as well as critical incident and active shooter training. Our department is one of only seven Kansas law enforcement agencies and the only university police department to receive accreditation by CALEA (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies).

We can’t build a partnership of trust based on this message alone so the police department will host a Partnership of Trust forum Oct. 26. All employees and students are invited to take part in honest and constructive dialogue on how we can work together – including your expectations of us and our expectations of you. More information on the forum will be provided. In the meantime, if you have suggestions on ways we can build trust together, I welcome feedback and questions here.

Additionally, since it’s easier to trust those with whom you have a connection, we want you to get to know us better. Beginning this week, we will begin highlighting a few of our good men and women who are sworn to serve and protect you. I hope by introducing you to our team and continuing to have constructive conversations, we can develop a trusting relationship and together build a safer community for all.

Rick Johnson

Chief of Police 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Clinical Culture & Diversity, 9/20 noon: Conducting Research and Providing Care as an Expatriate ...

The first Clinical Culture & Diversity Series presentation takes place today, 9/20 at noon in the SON Auditorium.  Lunch provided. 

Conducting Research and Providing Care as an Expatriate:  Humility, Social Medicine and 'Taking Water from the Back.'


Presented by:
Nathan Bahr, MD, MA
Assistant Professor
Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
University of Kansas Medical Center

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Campus Climate Study: Survey now open through Oct. 14

The KU campus climate study — Your Voice, Your KU — is here. This is the perfect opportunity for you to be heard and to make a difference. Your input can help create positive, lasting changes that create a more inclusive campus environment! 
All campuses – KU Lawrence, KU Medical Center, KU Edwards and the Schools of Medicine in Wichita and Salina will be participating. Your feedback will help us on all campuses to 1) identify successful initiatives, 2) uncover challenges facing members of our community, and 3) develop strategic initiatives to build on the successes and address the challenges.  
To access the study or for questions, please visit the website at kuclimatestudy.ku.edu/.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Safe Zone Training Dates for Fall 2016: Sept. 22, Oct. 7 and Dec. 9

The Office of Student Life will present three Safe Zone training sessions this fall.  
Sept. 22, Oct. 7 and Dec. 9

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.

This training, coordinated by the Office of Student Life, 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. Members of the program exist on campus as a visible network of allies who support each other and support individual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people. Our goal is to continue to grow and to build a climate where everyone feels safe and accepted.

The Safe Zone training will last two hours, and 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 training dates for the fall semester will:

Thursday, September 22nd from 1:30 pm -3:30 pm Register Here
Friday, October 7th from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Register Here
Friday, December 9th from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Register Here

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


Questions can be directed to Ryan Gove (rgove@kumc.edu) in the Office of Student Life.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Diversity & Inclusion Cabinet Meeting, 8/3 at 8:00 a.m.

The EVC's Diversity & Inclusion Cabinet will meet on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. in the School of Nursing Auditorium (G013), with ITV access to the Wichita Founders Room and Salina campus (TBD).  A recording will be made available.

The agenda and meeting materials are available on SharePoint.  For questions, please contact Jennifer Keeton, ext. 8-3319.

Live stream available:  www.kumc.edu/stream.html

Add this meeting to your calendar:  http://www.kumc.edu/diversity/events-calendar.html?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D116806356

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Campus groups to host Black Lives Matter at KUMC, 7/19 at noon

The Office of International Programs, Counseling and Educational Support Services, the Student Diversity Council, Student National Medical Association and the Community Partnership for Health sponsor an upcoming event, Black Lives Matter at KUMC.  

Tuesday, July 19, 2016
12:00-1:00 p.m.
School of Nursing Atrium
snacks and refreshments provided

Add to your calendar:  https://www.kumc.edu/events-calendar.html?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D119827755

We acknowledge that many members of the KUMC community have been deeply affected by the recent traumatic deaths of Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, and the police officers in Dallas. There is a tendency to grow numb to this kind of repeated violence, but we cannot lose that which makes us human. We must remain committed to an inclusive campus climate and support each other through these painful events, take time to grieve, and then redouble our efforts toward positive change. In this spirit, we invite you to join us for a panel discussion, Black Lives Matter at KUMC, aimed at addressing these persistent acts of violence and exploring ways to better advocate for the Black community. Together, we will struggle for answers and seek meaningful solutions. Further, we urge you to come together and support each other, and to reach out for help if you need it. Students and residents are encouraged to call Counseling and Educational Support Services at 913-588-6580, and faculty and staff to contact our Employee Assistance Program at 1-888-275-1205 (option 7). 


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Community event to support young women's mentoring organization, Awesome Ambitions

Diversity and Inclusion Cabinet member Margaret Smith, serves on the advisory board of Awesome Ambitions, a community organization that provides mentoring and college-readiness for young women in the Kansas City Area.  Awesome Ambitions hosts an annual fundraiser concert event:

Date: Thursday, June 30th, 2016 5:30 PM Reception / 7:00 PM Concert
Location: Nelson Atkins Museum of Art Auditorium (500 seat auditorium)
Address: 4525 Oak Street, Kansas City, Missouri, 64111
Everyone is invited to arrive at the Nelson early that evening and tour the exhibits. Admission to the Nelson is free 
The Reception begins at 5:30pm. Ends at 6:30pm.
The Reception is free and available to everyone. Beverages and light refreshments will be available for purchase. VIP ticket holders will receive a food/drink ticket when they arrive. 
Doors to the Atkins Auditorium open at 6:20pm
Concert begins at 7pm
There will be 2 tiers of tickets to choose from. Each tier is a general admission area. This is a will call event so there will be no tickets to provide for entry. When you arrive to the auditorium an usher will escort you to your area to be seated. You will need to provide the name of the party you are associated with (ie. Name of the individual that purchased the tickets).

VIP: $100 (Also includes food/drink ticket to the reception and a special gift)
General Admission: $50

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Student organizations to host Orlando remembrance event, 6/20, noon

Student Governing Council, Student Diversity Council and the LGBT & Allies Organization will host a remembrance event, We Are Orlando & We Are KUMC on Monday, June 20 at noon in the SON Atrium.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Counseling and support services available re: Orlando events


A message from KUMC Student Services:
Our heart breaks for the known dead, 53 injured, the traumatized, grieving/worried friend and loved ones, members of the LGBTQ community, and all those whose anxiety will be heightened around safety. We are thankful for first responders, medical staff, and acts of kindness that occurred during the tragic events in Orlando this weekend.
KU Medical Center is committed to inclusiveness for all members of our community. If you know of students who might benefit from support, please encourage them to contact Counseling & Educational Support Services (http://www.kumc.edu/counseling). For non-students, please feel free to contact me directly for a list of community resources (llong@kumc.edu).
Larry Long, Ph.D., Psychologist / Senior Director
Counseling & Educational Support Services

Friday, June 3, 2016

BSN grad commissioned as Navy Nursing Corp officer

Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduate is commissioned as officer in Navy Nursing Corps

For the first time in recent memory, a University of Kansas School of Nursing graduate has been commissioned as an active military officer during an official Navy Ceremony on the University of Kansas Medical Center campus.
Gunnery Sgt. Justin Williams, who received his diploma last weekend from the KU School of Nursing, was commissioned as Ensign Justin Williams in the United States Navy during a ceremony in the School of Nursing Atrium.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

EVC Diversity & Inclusion Award Winners Announced


The 2016 Diversity & Inclusion awards winners are:


Individual:  

Maria Alonso Luaces, Ph.D.


Director of Academic, Professional and Workforce Development
Office of Diversity & Inclusion, School of Medicine
Organization:

Center for American Indian Community Health (CAICH)


Learn more about the winners, nominees and the award:
http://www.kumc.edu/diversity/evc-diversity-award.html


The EVC Diversity & Inclusion Award recognizes significant achievements of faculty, staff, departments, units, and registered organizations toward developing and enhancing a more culturally diverse, competent and inclusive university community. Nominees and recipients are leaders in creating a culture and environment, characterized by inclusion and respect, in which the very best education, discovery and healing can take place.  All references to KUMC include the Kansas City, Wichita and Salina campuses.

Local Trans* Health Inclusion Conference, 6/17

Trans*Health
Inclusion Conference

Friday, June 17
8 am – 4 pm

Robert J. Mohart Center
3200 Wayne
Kansas City, Mo 64109

Sponsored by:
  • Truman Medical Centers
  • Children’s Mercy Hospital
  • MATEC-MO at the Kansas City CARE Clinic
  • Kansas City Health Department
  • HIV/AIDS Regional Resource Network Program, Region VII
  • UMKC
Leaders in the field will provide insight into the fundamentals of providing care for transgender people.  For healthcare providers, advocates, and interested members of the community.

Registration Link
http://tinyurl.com/kctransconference


Goal & Objectives
Conference Goal: Leaders in the field will provide insight
into the fundamentals of providing affirming healthcare for
transgender patients.
Conference Objectives:
Participants will be able to:

  • Utilize current terminology relative to gender and the gender spectrum
  • Describe the physical and mental healthcare needs of transgender patients
  • Recognize and describe the legal needs and rights of transgender patients
  • Identify supportive and unsupportive aspects of the transgender patient experience when accessing healthcare
CMEs and CNEs provided.  CME/CNE Statement:
“This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance
with the Essential Areas and policies of the Missouri
State Medical Association through the joint sponsorship
of the St. Louis STD/HIV Prevention Training Center and
(Midwest Aids Training and Education Center – MO). The
St. Louis STD/HIV Prevention Training Center is accredited
by the MSMA to provide continuing medical education for
physicians.”

“Kansas City CARE Clinic is approved as provider of continuing
nursing education by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. This
course offering approved for 6.0 contact hours applicable for
RN or LPN re-licensure.

Kansas State Board of Nursing Approved Provider Number:
LT 0256-0609.”

For more information email kctransconference@gmail.com.


Monday, May 2, 2016

Diversity & Inclusion Cabinet meeting, 5/5, recording available

The EVC's Diversity & Inclusion Cabinet will meet on Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in Rieke Auditorium, with ITV access to the Wichita Great Plains Room and Salina Board Room.  Recording available https://youtu.be/CXVkX7hTmtY.

The agenda and meeting materials are available on SharePoint.  For questions, please contact Jennifer Keeton, ext. 8-3319.

Add this meeting to your calendar:  http://www.kumc.edu/diversity/events-calendar.html?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D116806344

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Final Safe Zone training for spring 2016, 4/22

Final Safe Zone training option for spring 2016:


Friday, April 22, 1:30-4:00 p.m.

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.


Space is limited to 25 so if you can’t make it this semester, look for future offerings.

To attend, please register, contact:

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

cmurdock@kumc.edu

Friday, April 1, 2016

Transgender Students in College Webinar & Discussion, 4/13 noon




Join colleagues from across KUMC for a webinar event, followed by a discussion and debriefing. 

Transgender Students in College: Navigating Requirements, Accommodations and Avoiding Litigation

A light lunch will be provided.

Add to your calendar:  http://www.kumc.edu/diversity/events-calendar.html?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D118674443


Sponsored by the EVC  Diversity & Inclusion Cabinet, Programming Subcommittee, and the Division of Student Services Diversity Council.  

2016 EVC Diversity & Inclusion Award Ceremony & Reception, 4/26, 1:30

2016 Executive Vice Chancellor’s
Diversity & Inclusion Award

All faculty, staff, students and friends are invited to the award ceremony.


April 26, 2016
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
School of Nursing Atrium

Executive Vice Chancellor Doug Girod will recognize the many efforts to continue building a diverse and inclusive campus community.

Keynote remarks from 
Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little.

Reception following conferring of award.




Thursday, March 10, 2016

Unconscious Bias Keynote Address (Cook Ross), 4/25, 7:00 a.m.


The EVC's Diversity & Inclusion Cabinet invite faculty, staff, students and other colleagues 
to learn about Unconscious Bias at an keynote address:

April 25, 2016 
7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. 
School of Nursing Auditorium
ITV to Wichita Santa Fe Room, Salina Board Room
(light breakfast items provided)


The University of Kansas Medical Center seeks to build and support a diverse, inclusive and interprofessional environment that optimizes its ability to meet its missions.  These missions are to educate the next generation of health care providers and leaders, conduct research that improves health and health care delivery, and provide high-quality, patient-centered health care to the citizens of Kansas and the region.

Strategies to improve the diversity and cultural competence of faculty, staff and students have evolved at KUMC.  As part of the EVC’s Diversity & Inclusion Cabinet, KUMC leaders along with faculty, staff and students have realized the need for formal, comprehensive education and training in the area of Unconscious Bias (UB).  

UB is the phenomenon hidden bias that emerges from individual lived experiences, particularly in the moment of decision-making.  Further, UB plays a part in the workplace, educational institutions and the healthcare setting through organizational culture and policies such as admissions decisions, performance management, and quality care.  To advance the KUMC vision to build and support a diverse and inclusive environment, knowledge of UB and how to mitigate bias is essential for ongoing development.

The Association of American Medical Colleges has partnered with Cook Ross, a consulting firm that specializes in organizational cultural development including diversity and inclusion issues.  Cook Ross is recognized among academic health centers as the leader in providing training in UB.  

Objectives
 Examine participants background and identity so that they can interact more authentically with co-workers, customers, and the community
 Explore how the brain functions so that they can recognize unconscious bias as a natural function of the human mind
Expose patterns of Unconscious Bias so that they can navigate their impact on decision-making
Confront their own biases so that they can practice conscious awareness
Identify organizational leverage points so that they can mitigate the impact of unconscious bias in interactions, processes, and structures
 Practice strategies and tools so that they can create systemic change in their organization 

Add this event to your calendar:  http://www.kumc.edu/diversity/events-calendar.html?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D118422708

Monday, February 29, 2016

Muslim @ KUMC: When faith meets medicine, 3/8, noon


The Vice Chancellor for Student Services & Counseling and Educational Support Services present:

Muslim @ KUMC: When faith meets medicine

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Calkins Conference Room, G005 Orr Major

Panelists:
Moben Mirza, MD
Osama Almadhoun, MD
Tahira Zufer, MD
Vusala Snyder
Zaid Mansour


Registration is encouraged.  Vegetarian fare provided, first come, first serve.
https://eventactions.com/eareg.aspx?ea=Rsvp&invite=g6rhgnxmc27vgg9tfujxfm1r6vharg4readvcwydfsdrj3y2sh8u

Questions: 913-588-6580
Yano - sprocopio@kumc.edu
Taryn - tacostalentz@kumc.edu

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The Social Justice & Inclusion Competency, VC Student Svcs Vince Loffredo blog post

KUMC Vice Chancellor for Student Services Vince Loffredo, Ed.D., shared this recent blog post on the NASPA: Students Affairs Administrators in Higher Education website.

https://www.naspa.org/constituent-groups/posts/the-social-justice-and-inclusion-competency


THE SOCIAL JUSTICE AND INCLUSION COMPETENCY

The recently completed work of the Joint Task Force on Professional Competencies and Standards could not have come at a better time. There is one competency that has gained a tremendous amount of attention in higher education today, and rightfully so. Reflecting on the evolution of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion competency, we have a new and updated name inSocial Justice and Inclusion. Social justice, as stated in the Joint ACPA/NASPA task force report, “was aimed to align this competency with research, practice and commonly utilized definition of social justice.” Bell (2013)It went on to define social justice as “full and equal participation of all groups in a society that is mutually shaped to meet their needs.” By using Bell’s definition, the task force was able to integrate the concepts of equity, diversity, and inclusion with the constructs and framework of social justice.
The last three editions of the 50th year of The Chronicle of Higher Education had lead in articles on the front page centered around diversity. Campus social justice activists are pushing college administrators and their institutions to adopt new policies and require classes that promote cultural awareness (Chronicle, January 15th 2016 edition, pg A6). The NIH is even getting involved by building a national database to connect minority students with informal advisors from outside their universities (Chronicle, January 22nd 2016 edition, pg A10). All of the print media and social media attention given to social justice only affirms the changes made to the competency made by the task force. It was only this past spring that the competency’s change was ratified and adopted by ACPA and NASPA. The social justice competency is defined “as both a process and a goal which includes the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to create learning environments that foster equitable participation of all groups while seeking to address and acknowledge issues of oppression, privilege, and power. This competency involves student affairs educators who have a sense of their own agency and social responsibility that includes others in their community and the larger global context.”
As professionals, we must understand this definition, the impact, and what it means. Have you truly understood the social justice and inclusion competency and taken a moment to self reflect on the definition of social justice and what it means to you as a student affairs practitioner? Do you as a student affairs professional incorporate the social justice and inclusion competency into your everyday practice? Do you have unconscious bias? Do you meet the needs of all groups, equitably distributing resources, raising social consciousness, and repair past and current harms of campus communities? This competency gets at the core of who we are as student affairs professionals and what our students, faculty, staff, and administrators expect from us when dealing with our diversified student body on our campuses today. Like it or not, it’s an expectation. An expectation that sometimes challenges us to be leaders on campus, especially when we are facing historical injustice and those on campus opposed to change.
Professional development in this competency should never end and should always be ongoing. We need to better understand oppression, privilege, and power before we can understand social justice. We need to better understand what students are faced with on our campuses today in order to better serve them. As the task force has laid out for us in the comprehensive presentation of the competency areas, there are outcomes in social justice and inclusion that are foundational, intermediate, and advanced. If we look at the unrest that is popping up on college campuses today, we see that if we approach social justice and inclusion by going through each outcome one by one, we can begin to better understand and better serve our students. We are able to be proactive in our approach, and take responsibility for our institution’s role in perpetuating discrimination or oppression. In doing so, we can work with our students to foster and promote and institutional culture that supports the free and open expression of ideas and beliefs without inflecting bias. We can create ongoing strategic plans for the continued development of an inclusive campus. As we all know, evaluation is always a big part of what we do. So we must implement appropriate measures to assess the campus climate for students, staff, and faculty.
You owe it to yourself, your students, and your campus community to better understand the social justice and inclusion competency. In doing so, you can advance your level of competence in this area and better serve your campus community.
So ask yourself: How are you using the social justice and inclusion competency on your campus? How can you relate it to the events and climate on your campus today? If you can take the competency and incorporate it into your campus climate, you will advance your level of competence in this area and better serve your campus community. Finally, we in the Professional Standards Division of NASPA want to know – how can we help? What resources can we provide to you to increase your use and understanding of the social justice and inclusion competency?
I hope this will encourage you to dig in to the social justice and inclusion competency and advance your skill set as your campus and the higher education community are counting on you. If you have a moment, please connect with me to talk more, or to let me know how you are using the competency on your campus. You can contact me atvloffredo@kumc.edu.
Vince Loffredo
Professional Standards Coordinator
NASPA Region IV-W


Thursday, February 4, 2016

EVC Diversity & Inclusion Award deadline extended to Feb. 21


The deadline for submissions has been extended by 2 weeks.  
Please submit nominations by February 21, 2016.  

http://www.kumc.edu/diversity/evc-diversity-award.html


University Broadcast message from EVC Doug Girod sent January 7, 2016


Subject:  EVC Diversity Award and other diversity updates

Dear colleagues:

This month, the EVC Diversity and Inclusion Cabinet at KU Medical Center will celebrate its one-year anniversary. I am so proud of what the cabinet has accomplished in its first year.  I can attest to the many hours the members have devoted to working on our 2015 action items that promote diversity and inclusion and strive to reduce intolerance and all forms of discrimination on our campuses.
One of the recommendations made  by the strategic planning committee was to resurrect  the EVC Diversity and Inclusion Award as a way to spotlight and honor the good work that is already taking place to make KU Medical Center a more culturally diverse and inclusive community. This award will recognize significant achievements of faculty, staff, departments and organizations in their efforts to develop and enhance a more culturally diverse, competent and inclusive campus. Nominations for this year’s award will be accepted through Feb. 7. The winner(s) will be given a $1,000 honorarium and receive the award at a presentation on March 30. More information can be found on the Diversity and Inclusion website.

I also want to share a brief update on future plans involving a climate study in partnership with the KU-Lawrence campus. The University of Kansas is committed to an open, diverse and inclusive learning and working environment that nurtures the growth and development of all. KU holds steadfast in the belief that an array of values, interests, experiences, and intellectual and cultural viewpoints enrich learning and our workplace.

Plans for a KU Climate Study to assess our learning, living and working environments began early last year. The first phase will begin in February when our consultant, Rankin & Associates, in conjunction with the EVC office and the KU Offices of Diversity and Equity and Human Resource Management, will lead us through several focus group conversations. Feedback from these small group discussions will help shape questions for a system-wide survey for all people on our many campuses.   

These conversations and, ultimately, the survey responses will provide our campuses with deep data on the experiences of students, faculty, and staff at KU — both an overall view, as well as a look at what happens to marginalized communities.  The study will require time to adequately focus on each phase, but it will deliver detailed information that will allow us to target areas that require change and make long-lasting improvements. When you are asked to participate in any phase of the climate study, I encourage you to make the time.

I am confident that we are moving in the right direction to make meaningful change. More information and updates, along with the climate study steps and timeline, will be provided to the campus on an ongoing basis. In the meantime, if you have questions about the EVC Diversity Award, KU Climate Study or other diversity initiatives, please contact Jen Keeton.

Douglas A. Girod, M.D., FACS
Executive Vice Chancellor
University of Kansas Medical Center

Final Safe Zone Training for spring 2016, 4/22

Final Safe Zone training options for spring 2016:


Friday, April 22, 1:30-4:00 p.m.

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.


Space is limited to 25 so if you can’t make it this semester, look for future offerings.

To attend, please register, contact:

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

cmurdock@kumc.edu

Black History Month event schedule, February 8-29

BLACK HISTORY MONTH | 2016
Celebrate and honor African American & Black History
at the University of Kansas Medical Center

Clendening History of Medicine Exhibit 
February 8-29, daily, Clendening History of Medicine Museum, Robinson Hall, 1st floor
The Summer of 1938: The Desegregation of the University of Kansas School of Medicine, an exhibit located in the Clendening Foyer on the first floor of Robinson Hall tells the story of Edward V. Williams’ struggle to become the first African American medical student to complete his medical degree at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Webinar & Discussion:  Colorectal Cancer Research & Me, Everything I Wanted to Know
February 10, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., 4350 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS
KU School of Medicine Department of Family Medicine in partnership with New Bethel Church Community Development Corporation and Faithworks will sponsor a webinar offered through the Our Community, Our Health program at the University of Florida.  The webinar will be broadcast simultaneously at multiple sites across the county. 

EVC Diversity & Inclusion Cabinet Meeting
February 11, 8:00 a.m., School of Nursing Auditorium
Join the quarterly meeting of KUMC’s Diversity & Inclusion Cabinet to learn about current initiatives underway including the upcoming Diversity & Inclusion Award, a university-wide Climate Study & future learning opportunities about Unconscious Bias.

“How to Rock the Wards” 
February 15, 12:00-1:00 p.m., 1027 Orr Major
The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) of KUMC will host Dr. Naylor and Dr. Thomas who will share tips and best practices for third-year medical rotations. 

Clinical Culture and Diversity Series
February 16, 12:00-1:00 p.m., School of Nursing Auditorium
The Office of International Programs in partnership with KUMC’s Diversity & Inclusion Cabinet and the Office of Cultural Enrichment and Diversity present the quarterly series.  Robert Levy, MD, will address practical advice on helping health care professionals who struggle with addiction.

Multicultural Luncheon
February 17, 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., School of Nursing Atrium
The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) of KUMC will host its annual Multicultural Luncheon.  Enjoy a variety of dishes for a $5 contribution.  Proceeds benefit local charities.  

Student & Alumni Panel Discussion
February 17, 12:00-1:00 p.m., School of Nursing Rm. 1050
Be part of the conversation as health professions, nursing and medical students, faculty and alumni discuss the educational experiences of black students at KUMC as framed through the Journal of the American Medical Association article, A Silent Curriculum, and new diversity and inclusion statement from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Clendening Research Presentation
February 18, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Clendening Auditorium 
School of Medicine student Yvonne Kamau will share her experience on a recent visit to Kenya.  Lunch provided for students.

Research Panel & State of Health in Wyandotte County Panel
February 24, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., School of Nursing Rm. 4016
African American researchers share information about their line of research and journey to become faculty researchers at KUMC.  Following the panel discussion, faculty and community leaders will provide an overview of the state of health in Wyandotte County.  Lunch provided to the first 30.

SNMA announces Black History Week events, Feb. 15-18


Join SNMA for a full week of festivities!

KUMC's Student National Medical Association is proud to celebrate Black History Month with a week of educational and fun activities here at KUMC.  We will begin the week with Dr. Naylor and Dr. Thomas sharing insight on what it takes to be successful for third-year rotations, continue with Dr. Levy and a discussion on helping addicted health care professionals, host a delicious Multicultural Luncheon, and end with a presentation by second-year medical student Yvonne Kamau and her research experience entitled “Youth Perceptions on Community Development in Rural Kenya: Re-evaluating Our Perceptions about Africa.” We invite staff, faculty, and students from all professions to join us in celebrating cultural diversity at KUMC!


Mon, Feb. 15
“How to Rock the Wards”
 with Dr.  Naylor & Dr. Thomas
12-1 PM in 1027 Orr Major
 *lunch provided

Tuesday, Feb. 16
Clinical Culture and Diversity Series with Dr. Robert Levy
12-1 PM in G013 SON
*lunch provided

Wed, Feb. 17  
Multicultural Luncheon 11:30-2 PM in SON Atrium

Thurs, Feb. 18
Clendening Research Presentation by Yvonne Kamau
12-1 PM in Clendening Auditorium
*lunch provided



Monday, January 25, 2016

EVC: Diversity Award Nominations due 2/7; Climate Study underway

University Broadcast message from EVC Doug Girod sent January 7, 2016


Subject:  EVC Diversity Award and other diversity updates

Dear colleagues:

This month, the EVC Diversity and Inclusion Cabinet at KU Medical Center will celebrate its one-year anniversary. I am so proud of what the cabinet has accomplished in its first year.  I can attest to the many hours the members have devoted to working on our 2015 action items that promote diversity and inclusion and strive to reduce intolerance and all forms of discrimination on our campuses.
One of the recommendations made  by the strategic planning committee was to resurrect  the EVC Diversity and Inclusion Award as a way to spotlight and honor the good work that is already taking place to make KU Medical Center a more culturally diverse and inclusive community. This award will recognize significant achievements of faculty, staff, departments and organizations in their efforts to develop and enhance a more culturally diverse, competent and inclusive campus. Nominations for this year’s award will be accepted through Feb. 7. The winner(s) will be given a $1,000 honorarium and receive the award at a presentation on March 30. More information can be found on the Diversity and Inclusion website.

I also want to share a brief update on future plans involving a climate study in partnership with the KU-Lawrence campus. The University of Kansas is committed to an open, diverse and inclusive learning and working environment that nurtures the growth and development of all. KU holds steadfast in the belief that an array of values, interests, experiences, and intellectual and cultural viewpoints enrich learning and our workplace.

Plans for a KU Climate Study to assess our learning, living and working environments began early last year. The first phase will begin in February when our consultant, Rankin & Associates, in conjunction with the EVC office and the KU Offices of Diversity and Equity and Human Resource Management, will lead us through several focus group conversations. Feedback from these small group discussions will help shape questions for a system-wide survey for all people on our many campuses.   

These conversations and, ultimately, the survey responses will provide our campuses with deep data on the experiences of students, faculty, and staff at KU — both an overall view, as well as a look at what happens to marginalized communities.  The study will require time to adequately focus on each phase, but it will deliver detailed information that will allow us to target areas that require change and make long-lasting improvements. When you are asked to participate in any phase of the climate study, I encourage you to make the time.

I am confident that we are moving in the right direction to make meaningful change. More information and updates, along with the climate study steps and timeline, will be provided to the campus on an ongoing basis. In the meantime, if you have questions about the EVC Diversity Award, KU Climate Study or other diversity initiatives, please contact Jen Keeton.

Douglas A. Girod, M.D., FACS
Executive Vice Chancellor
University of Kansas Medical Center