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