Diversity and InclusionAs you celebrate Diversity Month throughout April, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion offers a multitude of ways to raise awareness and promote education throughout the McGovern Medical School community.

A quick glance at the office’s revamped website shows a new resources page with information on topics from diversity and inclusion during the COVID-19 pandemic, to implicit bias articles and training, information on microaggressions, and more.

In addition, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion has also launched its LGBTQ+ Health Poster Project, a series of informational posters to improve allyship at McGovern Medical School and promote better interactions with LGBTQ+ patients and colleagues. Posters are designed by McGovern Medical School students.

The website also features a resource list of current funding opportunities for students and faculty which includes National Medical Fellowships’ Scholarship, Visiting Externship for Underrepresented Minority Students in Medicine and more.

Additionally, the office began its monthly Diversity and Equity Speaker series in August 2020. Previous topics of discussion for the series have featured speakers such as Mikki Hebl, PhD, Martha and Henry Malcom Lovett Chair of Psychology at Rice University; and Dennis Kennedy, founder and chair of The National Diversity Council. Topics for each event range from “The Social Science of Inclusion at Work,” to “Diversity, Inclusion & Equity: From Words to Action,” and more. Each of the previous speakers can be accessed on Panopto in the Diversity and Inclusion folder.

In the Fall of 2020, McGovern Medical School announced faculty as inaugural Vice Chairs for Diversity and Inclusion. The role of these vice chair is to demonstrate cultural awareness and knowledge, and to provide vision and leadership for diversity and inclusion initiatives across the department’s various clinical, research, and teaching sites.

The vice chairs will play a role in the recruitment of future faculty and staff by providing effective strategies for identifying diverse candidates while working with faculty and staff search committees as well as residency and fellowship program leaders — working with each to address biases in screening and selection processes.

For more information or to become involved in any of their pathway programs for high school and undergraduate students, reach out to Asia McCleary-Gaddy, PhD, director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, at Asia.T.McClearyGaddy@uth.tmc.edu.