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

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 ( in the Office of Student Life.