Tuesday, October 17, 2017

5-Star Culture Conference

November 2nd, 2017

8:00am - 4:00pm

Battenfield Auditorium

Sessions on LGBTQ topics, various religions, Unconscious Bias, Wyandotte County HEAT Project and more!

Register online in The Learning Connection (formerly, Chalk), Search for “Culture.”  

All KUMC and Health System faculty, staff, students, residents invited.  Sponsored by The University of Kansas Health System, 6.0 CNEs available

Fall Social for Underrepresented Faculty, Students, Residents & Fellows

October 26th, 2017


Ad Astra Room

(5th Floor Health Education Building)

Happy hour appetizers provided!
Network and connect with peers throughout KUMC.

RSVP (913) 588-3319. jkeeton@kumc.edu

LGBTQ + Social Hour Breakfast

October 19th, 2017


2110 Health Education Building

Free breakfast, no attendance taken, no photography

Integrating Diversity and Cultural Competence in the Nursing Curriculum

October 17th 12-1pm

School of Nursing Auditorium

Lunch provided for the first 50 people

Spotlight presentation on the 2017 EVC's Diversity & Inclusion Award recipients with Vicki Hicks and the Office of International Programs.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

SOM Students Receive National Recognition


Both Victoria Boggiano and Matthew Moreno have been involved in the School of Medicine Office of Diversity and Inclusion pipeline programs aimed at recruiting, cultivating and retaining Underrepresented Minority students.  Currently as medical students, they have remained involved with School of Medicine office of Diversity & Inclusion supporting outreach effort with prospective students and programming. Read the full stories below.


Matthew L. Moreno

Recognition by the American Medical Association


Victoria Boggiano

Family Medicine Interest Group Network Student Leaders

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Juneteenth events throughout Kansas City

Several activities and events commemorating the end of slavery and African American heritage are being organized throughout Kansas City, including:

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, June 10

Juneteenth-KC, June 17

Friday, May 19, 2017

CLIMATE STUDY REPORT: Community meeting, 6/21, noon

The KUMC Climate Study report will be presented at this campus-wide meeting.  Consultants from Rankin & Associates will discuss the findings and EVC Doug Girod will address next steps.  Refreshments available.  

June 21
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Clendening Auditorium
Livestream and ITV to Wichita Founders Room, Salina Room 116

Executive Summary:  https://climatestudy.ku.edu/reports

Add to your calendar

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Hixon Hour Lecture: Who's welcome at a lesbian health clinic?, 4/25

Please join the Department of History and Philosophy of Medicine this Tuesday, 25 April at 5:00 in the Clendening Amphitheater (2004 Robinson) for the Hixon Hour Lecture. We are delighted to welcome Dr. Judith Houck, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Houck will present "Who’s welcome at a lesbian health clinic?: Institutional Missions and Cultural Change."

A brief reception will precede the lecture at 4:30 pm in the Clendening Foyer (1000 Robinson).

For information, contact:  
Ryan R. Fagan, Ph.D.
Department of History and Philosophy of Medicine

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

2017 EVC Diversity & Inclusion Award Ceremony & Keynote Address, 4/20, ITV, livestream available

2017 EVC Diversity & Inclusion Award Ceremony & Keynote Address

April 20, 2017
School of Nursing Auditorium
Wichita Prairie Room, Salina Room 201
Live stream: http://www.kumc.edu/stream.html

11:30  EVC Doug Girod remarks and award winners
12:00  Kevin Willmott, KU faculty member and filmmaker keynote address

"Dr. King and Being Creatively Maladjusted"

Reception with light lunch
Murphy Lobby

Join EVC Doug Girod and colleagues to honor the annual diversity and inclusion award winners. Special keynote speaker Kevin Willmott, KU faculty member and filmmaker, will share thoughts on building inclusive, welcoming environments. Reception with light lunch immediately following in Murphy Lobby.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Still time to register: The Diversity & Inclusion Symposium: Refugees in the Health System, 4/18

There is still time to register for the inaugural Diversity & Inclusion Symposium, Tuesday, April 18.  The focus this first year will be on Refugees in the Health System.  Faculty, staff, students, clinicians, researchers and others interested are all invited.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided, and you are welcome to join us for part or all of the program. 


7:30 a.m.         Registration and Continental Breakfast
SON Atrium

8:00 a.m.         Refugees 101
Auditorium      Steve Weitkamp, JD, Refugee Resettlement Director, Jewish Vocational Services

8:45 a.m.         Refugee Health Issues & Best Practices
                        Joseph LeMaster, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine

9:30 a.m.         Break

9:45 a.m.         Case Studies in and out of the exam room
                        Kelly Kreisler, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics
                        Chief Medical Officer Wyandotte Community Health Center

10:30 a.m.       Refugee Health Issues & Best Practices
                        Cecilia Abbey, CHI, Manager, Interpreting and Translating Services
                        University of Kansas Health System

11:15 a.m.       Break

11:30               Lunch and featured speakers
                        Resettlement Stress and Mental Health of Refugees
                        Martha Baird PhD, APRN, CTN-A, Assistant Professor
                        University of Kansas School of Nursing

Johanna Nilsson, PhD, Associate Professor, Empowerment Program Director
University of Missouri-Kansas City

12:30 p.m.       Discussion, Closing Remarks and Evaluation

Thursday, April 13, 2017

EVC's Diversity & Inclusion Cabinet Nomination Period now open, through 4/28

The nomination period for new members to the EVC's Diversity & Inclusion Cabinet is open through the end of April.  Please consider nominating yourself or a colleague to join this important work.  More information about the Cabinet is below:

Build and support a diverse, inclusive and interprofessional environment that optimizes our ability to meet our missions.
The purpose of the EVC's Diversity & Inclusion Cabinet is to assume responsibility for campus-wide activities and goals related to diversity and inclusion, including efforts that address cultural competency, equity, civility and professionalism, and to advise the Executive Vice Chancellor on related matters.
QUARTERLY MEETINGSphoto of inclusion cabinet
Meetings are open to the campus community and also available via conferencing to other campus locations.
Meeting materials are available through SharePoint and viewable by anyone with a KU Medical Center or affiliate account.
​2017 Quarterly Meeting Dates
February 16, 8:00 a.m.
May 3, 11:00 a.m.
August 17, 8:00 a.m.
November 1, 11:00 a.m.​​ ​​​​​​

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Jayhawk Break, learn more about diversity & inclusion at KUMC, 4/11

Join members of the EVC's Diversity & Inclusion Cabinet and sub-committees for coffee, tea and cookies on Tuesday, April 11, from 8:00-9:00 a.m. in Murphy Lobby.  This weekly event will be hosted by the Cabinet and sub-committee members to share information about their work, how to get involved, and several upcoming events.  This is a casual, come-and-go event!

April Civil Rights anniversaries: MLK assassination; disabilities accommodations

    This month, several Civil Rights anniversaries are remembered including the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on April 4, 1968.  Dr. King, known for his nonviolent approach to social change and the famous, "I have a dream" speech, helped paved the way for equality among all Americans, and his work provided a model for the Americans with Disabilities Act and other legislation affecting people with disabilities.
Forty years ago, April 5th, 1977, a series demonstrations to demand the implementation of Section 504 passed by Congress four years earlier proved to be a watershed for the civil rights of people with disabilities. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 adapted the concept of reasonable accommodation that was originally applied to religious practices to people with disabilities.

Section 504, a precursor to the ADA, established and still provides for accommodations in all programs receiving federal funds (education, transportation, arts programs, health care, etc.). This landmark legislation was passed in 1973 but was not being enforced because the implementing regulations were held up in Heath, Education, and Welfare. The disability community became increasingly frustrated on April 5, 1977, they took action-staging protests across the country.

In San Francisco, roughly 600 people assembled at the regional office of United Stated Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. The protest in San Francisco became the longest occupation of a Federal Building in U.S. history. After 28 days, Section 504 was finally signed into law.

To learn more, visit:


For information on KUMC Academic Accommodations, contact:
Cyn Ukoko
Senior Coordinator of Academic Accommodations
The University of Kansas Medical Center
G020 Dykes Library
To schedule an online appointment, go to

Friday, March 31, 2017

"From Separate to Equal" film viewing as part of diversity awards celebration, 4/12

April 12, 2017
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Wahl Hall West Auditorium

In a lead up to the 2017 EVC's Diversity & Inclusion Awards Ceremony on 4/20, a special film viewing will take place.  "From Separate to Equal" tells the story of the desegregation of Truman Medical Center in Kansas City, with references to KU Medical Center.  The film was created by KU faculty member Kevin Willmott, who will be be the keynote speaker at the 4/20 Awards Ceremony.

This is a "brown bag" event, with popcorn provided.

Friday, March 17, 2017

WIMS Diversity Panel: Successfully Navigating the Academic Pipeline, 4/27

 “Successfully Navigating the Academic Pipeline:  
Recruitment, Retention and Advancement of Diverse Faculty.”

Date: Thursday, April 27
Time:  Noon-1 p.m. (box lunch to first 50, pick up in SON G011 11:30-12:00)
Location: School of Nursing G013 Auditorium
Co-Sponsorship: WIMS and EVCs Diversity & Inclusion Cabinet

Goals of the Panel and Panelist Discussion will include:
                                                              i.      Discussion of current efforts to attract women to pursue careers in medicine across the country, regionally and locally
                                                            ii.       Discussion of Recruitment and retention of a talented and diverse faculty for academic medicine  across the country, regionally and locally
                                                          iii.       Discussion of Creating excellent educational, clinical and research cultures across academic medical centers (AMCs) across the country, regionally and locally.

Objectives of the Panel and Panelist Discussion will be to:
                                                              i.       Share current successes, challenges and barriers to recruitment through panelist experiences and examples
                                                            ii.      Build on current successes to improve gaps in recruitment and retention

1.       Continued discussions with various entities on campus such as the EVC’s Diversity Cabinet; Human Resources; Office of  Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development; WIMS  

Diversity & Inclusion Symposium: Refugees in the Health System, 4/18

The inaugural EVC's Diversity & Inclusion Cabinet Symposium; 
Refugees in the Health System 

April 18, 2017
School of Nursing Auditorium and Atrium
7:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m.

7:30 a.m.         Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m.         Refugee 101:  

8:45 a.m.         Refugee Health Issues & Best Practices
9:30 a.m.         Break 

9:45 a.m.         Local issues
10:30 a.m.       Refugee Health Issues & Best Practices
11:15 a.m.       Break

11:30               Lunch 
                       Resettlement Stress and Mental Health of Refugees
12:30 p.m.       Discussion

12:45               Closing Remarks and Evaluation

Diversity & Inclusion Award Ceremony & Keynote Address by Kevin Willmott,4/20

2017 EVC Diversity & Inclusion Award Ceremony & Keynote Address

April 20, 2017
School of Nursing Auditorium

11:30  EVC Doug Girod remarks and award winners
12:00  Kevin Willmott, KU faculty member and filmmaker keynote address

"Dr. King and Being Creatively Maladjusted"

Reception with light lunch
Murphy Lobby

Join EVC Doug Girod and colleagues to honor the annual diversity and inclusion award winners. Special keynote speaker Kevin Willmott, KU faculty member and filmmaker, will share thoughts on building inclusive, welcoming environments. Reception with light lunch immediately following in Murphy Lobby.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

KU SOM-Wichita recognizes National Women's History Month with film screening, 3/27

KU School of Medicine-Wichita recognizes National Women's History Month: 

From the first woman to run in the Boston Marathon to
the birth of Ms. Magazine, learn about this milestone era and the women who led it.

The Wichita Diversity & Inclusion Steering Group is hosting its inaugural event during National Women’s History Month by offering the film screening of “Women Who Make America.”

Join us from noon to 1:30 p.m. Monday, March 27, for a brown bag luncheon in the Daniel K. Roberts Amphitheater. The featured facilitator will be Dr. Chinyere Okafor, director of the Center for Women’s Studies and chair of the Department of Women’s Studies and Religion at Wichita State University.

Please RSVP to Crystal Nevins at cnevins@kumc.edu by Wednesday, March 22.

Continue our journey by joining us Monday, April 3, as we wrap up “Women Who Make America” by showing “Charting a New Course.”
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Daniel K. Roberts Amphitheater
Brown Bag Luncheon

Event coordinated by the Wichita Diversity & Inclusion Steering Group members.

New Kansas Center for Cultural Competency Advancement now available online

The Kansas Action Coalition announces a new virtual center for cultural competency learning is available.   The Kansas Center for Cultural Competency Advancement (KCCCA) is available at http://www.kccca.org 

The center was created to be a hub for nurses invested in cultural competency, diversity, inclusion, and health equity. The center will provide current and relevant resources for implementing culturally competent nursing care and addressing issues that impact the provision of care to individuals, families, and communities in Kansas.  

There are resources for nurses, nurse faculty, nursing students, and organizations to support quality nursing care across the state.  A community space for discussions around important topics related to diversity, inclusion, health disparities, and equity is an additional feature.  

For further information, please contact:

Jill Peltzer, PhD, APRN-CNS
Assistant Professor
University of Kansas School of Nursing

Telephone: 913-588-3396
Email: jpeltzer2@kumc.edu

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Native Voices: Rising Up Against Health & Educational Disparities, 4/7, LOCATION UPDATE

The EVC Diversity & Inclusion Cabinet cordially invites you to attend

Native Voices: Rising Up Against Health & Educational Disparities
Friday, April 7, 2017

Performance and Posters 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Murphy Courtyard
Panel and Lunch 12:10 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
1050 School of Nursing

Due to inclement weather, Native Voices will be in 
Francisco Lounge and Battenfeld Auditorium.

Lunch is provided and will feature traditional American Indian soups, bread and dessert.

Kindly RSVP 

Event sponsored by the EVC Diversity & Inclusion Cabinet, the Center for American Indian Community Health and the Office of International Programs.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Ash Wednesday Services, 3/1

Mass with Ashes will be offered at Spencer Chapel at 12:15 p.m. on Ash Wednesday, March 1.  Ashes are also available at the front entrances of the hospital from 6:45-7:15 a.m. and p.m. or as requested by paging 71188.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Community Conversation on Olathe Austins shooting, 2/27

Megha Ramaswamy, PhD, MPH, will facilitate a conversation on Monday, 2/27 from 2:00-3:00 in 1049 School of Nursing in the aftermath of the shooting that took place at an Olathe establishment that killed one person and wounded two others.  The incident allegedly included derogatory language about the country of origin of the victims, and has been prominently covered by local news as a potential hate crime.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Black History Month Research Day, 2/28

Black History Month Research Day
February 28, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
School of Nursing Atrium and Room B018

Poster KUMC Faculty, 10:00 – 10:45 a.m.
Presentations Researchers & Students
Posters available in SON Atrium
                                9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Welcome Kimberly Connelly Holland, 11:00 – 11:05 am
Diversity & Inclusion Cabinet
Programming Committee Co-chair

HEAT Map Project Jerry Jones, 11:05 – 11:45 a.m.
Executive Director
Community Health Council
of Wyandotte County

Break Lunch Provided, 11:45 – 12:00 p.m.
to first 50 attendees

State of Health Panel, 12:00 – 12:45 p.m.
Monica Mendez
Latino Health for All Coalition

Rachel Jefferson
Historic Northeast Midtown Association

Close Q&A and Evaluations, 12:45 – 1:00 p.m.

Questions or comments: jkeeton@kumc.edu or Diversity.kumc.edu

Friday, February 3, 2017

Community Conversation re: recent Executive Order, 2/8



Wednesday, February 8
3-4:00 p.m.
2008 Orr-Major
Wichita iTV will be available.

Panelists include
Dr. Douglas Girod, KUMC Executive Vice Chancellor
Dr. Robert Simari, SOM Executive Dean
Judy Bordeau, Bordeau Immigration Law
Kimberly Connelly Holland, KUMC Senior International Officer

Thursday, February 2, 2017

EVC Message: Diversity award, Black History Month, Climate Study update, 2/1

University Broadcast email, 2/1/17

Dear colleagues:

The EVC Diversity and Inclusion Cabinet has been in place for two years, and I am very pleased with the progress we have made to foster a positive, inclusive environment for our faculty, staff and students. I wanted to give you a brief update on several diversity-related initiatives.

You’ll recall we successfully resurrected the EVC Diversity and Inclusion Award last year. With this award, we were able to recognize Maria Alonso Luaces in the School of Medicine Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the staff of the Center for American Indian Community Health for their outstanding efforts to promote diversity and inclusion. Nominations for the 2017 award will be accepted through Feb. 17, and I encourage you to nominate a well-deserving colleague or group. You can find more information about the award on the myKUMC intranet. The awards will be presented at a special ceremony April 20.

February is Black History Month. In celebration, faculty, staff and students are invited to several special events throughout the month with a culmination event Feb. 28 highlighting important population research programs in our community and African-American researchers at KU Medical Center. Posters highlighting medical center faculty and staff will also be displayed. A calendar of events can be found here.  

Faculty, staff, students and others participated in the climate study through focus groups and a survey conducted last October. Rankin & Associates, the consulting firm, has completed the data collection phase and has started analyzing the data.

All employees and students will be invited to attend a presentation of the climate study results at a town hall, noon–1:30 p.m., March 30, in Clendening Auditorium. Rankin & Associates will share the data and what it means, along with challenges and opportunities that were identified as recurring themes. The reports will facilitate conversation on what we can do in the next year to improve our climate and address some of the concerns expressed in the survey. I hope you will all attend in person or via live stream.

I know there is still much work to be done on the KU Medical Center campuses to create a safe, welcoming environment for all, but I feel confident we are moving in the right direction. I encourage each of you to be part of the conversations and help guide us towards positive, meaningful change. You’re welcome to be part of the conversation at the next Diversity and Inclusion Cabinet meeting, 8–9 a.m., Feb. 16, H. Edwards Phillips Room.

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

Climate Study Town Hall, postponed

3/27 update:  This event has been postponed.  More information on a rescheduled date is coming soon.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

2017 EVC Diversity & Inclusion Award nominations available 1/23-2/17

EVC Diversity & Inclusion Award nominations

Nominations for the annual EVC Diversity & Inclusion Award will be accepted Jan. 23-Feb. 17. One individual and one group award will be given, accompanied by a $1,000 award.

Nominations can be made online by visiting myKUMC and searching for "Diversity Award."

Awards will be conferred on April 20 at a special ceremony.  Details to follow.

EVC Diversity & Inclusion Cabinet, quarterly meeting, 2/16

The first quarterly meeting of the EVC's Diversity & Inclusion Cabinet is scheduled for February 16, 2017 at 8:00-9:00 a.m. in the H.Edward Phillips Room (2nd floor Murphy).  Meeting materials will be available on SharePoint.

ITV locations TBA
The meeting will be recorded and live streamed.

Future meeting dates are:

·         5/3/17 11:00 a.m.                                                                    
·         8/24/17 8:00 a.m.                                                                                                   

·         11/1/17 11:00 a.m.

For more information, contact Jennifer Keeton, ext. 8-3319

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Black History Month events, February 2017

Black History Month | 2017

Clendening History of Medicine Exhibit
February 6-28, daily, 2nd floor Robinson outside Clendening Auditorium
Summer 1938: Desegregation of the University of Kansas School of Medicine, an exhibit on display on the second floor of Robinson tells the story of Edward V. Williams and how he challenge the system and won, becoming the first African American student to graduate with an MD from the University of Kansas Medical Center.

KUMC African American Researchers & Faculty Profiles
February 6-28, daily, multiple KUMC locations
Special features of Black faculty and administrators at KUMC can be viewed through biographical posters on display throughout the month.  Learn about the background, academic health care focus, as well as the journey to KUMC of our clinicians, faculty members, administrators and colleagues.

Culture Hour
February 1-28, weekly on Thursdays, noon, Calkins Conference Room, G004 Orr Major
A casual forum for students, faculty and staff to share insights, questions and concerns about culture. Sponsored by the Office of International Programs with topics that will focus on Black History Month throughout February.

Multicultural Luncheon
February 15, 12:00-1:00 p.m., School of Nursing Atrium
KUMC’s chapter of The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) will host its annual Multicultural Luncheon. Enjoy a variety of dishes for a $5 contribution. Proceeds from event will be donated to a local charity.

EVC Diversity & Inclusion Cabinet
February 16, 8:00-9:00 a.m., H. Edward Phillips Room, livestream/ITV available
The quarterly meeting of the Diversity & Inclusion Cabinet will include reports from current action items and an update on the Climate Study.

History of African Americans in Medicine
February 17, 12:00-1:00 p.m., H. Clendening Foyer

The Student National Medical  Association and Chris Crenner, MD, Ph.D., will facilitate this discussion.

Clinical Culture and Diversity Series
February 21, 12:00-1:00 p.m., School of Nursing Auditorium
The Office of International Programs and the School of Medicine Office of Diversity & Inclusion present this quarterly series.  This session brings Dr. Wendi El-Amin of Southern Illinois School of Medicine discuss constructing bridges through cultural humility.

BHM Research Day Poster Session - Celebrating KUMC Black & African American Researchers
February 28, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., School of Nursing Atrium; Posters presented at 10:00 a.m.
Learn about the research conducted by KUMC’s Black and African American faculty and students.

BHM Research Day Presentation: The State of Health of Wyandotte County - The H.E.A.T. Project
February 28, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., School of Nursing Rm. B018
Jerry Jones, Executive Director of the Community Health Council of Wyandotte County will discuss the H.E.A.T. project in Wyandotte County and the debilitating confluence of health inequities and redlining. A panel discussion will follow with Jones and other local agency representatives, community based researchers and clinicians will share information, their thoughts on the presentation, recent projects and current issues. Lunch will be provided to the first 50 attendees.

Additional Student National Medical Association events designed for students:

Monday, February 13th
ENT Clinical Skills Night
5-7 pm
Medical Office Building, 3rd Floor

Tuesday, February 14th
“How to Rock the Boards”
12-1 pm
Lied Auditorium
Thursday, February 16th
“How to Rock the Wards” 
12-1 pm
Lied Auditorium