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