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:

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