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

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

Registration is encouraged.  Vegetarian fare provided, first come, first serve.

Questions: 913-588-6580
Yano -
Taryn -

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.


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
Vince Loffredo
Professional Standards Coordinator

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.

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

Black History Month event schedule, February 8-29

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