Dr. George Hill
In a Diversity and Inclusion Retreat in January, the Medical School community took a broad approach to the topics, addressing issues at the student, faculty, and staff level.

More than 50 invited participants, including Medical School faculty, staff, chairs, and students, looked at diversity from a wide angle, and it was deemed a success by organizers Dr. Patricia Butler, Office of Educational Programs, and Dr. LaTanya Love, Office of Admissions and Student Affairs.

An anonymous survey of Medical School faculty on the topic of diversity was conducted prior to the retreat to help guide the course of the agenda.

Participants listened to presentations from the Office of Human Resources, Dr. Patricia Butler on Cultural Competency,  Dr. LaTanya Love on Student Recruitment and Retention, and Dr. Nancy McNiel and Dr. Henry Strobel on Faculty Recruitment and Retention.   Four groups were convened to analyze the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and challenges for achieving diversity and inclusiveness in the Medical School.

Dr. George Hill, president and CEO of Leadership Excellence, LLC and former assistant vice chancellor for multicultural affairs and dean for diversity of medical education at Vanderbilt University, not only gave the guest lecture but also wrote a report on his findings on diversity at the Medical School to present to Dean Giuseppe Colasurdo, Butler said.

“Everyone was engaged and participated in the presentations and discussions around these topics, which resulted in goals and a tangible proposal that was submitted to Dean Colasurdo,” Butler added.  A strategic plan for diversity and inclusion will now be developed and implemented.

A report from the Medical School is due to the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) April 15 to address concerns of lack of diversity, which were cited during the last LCME accreditation site visit.

-Darla Brown, Office of Communications, Medical School