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Health Sciences Diversity and Inclusion Council Cultural Competency Speaker Series

Biodiversity and the Medicines from Nature

Cesar Compadre, Ph.D., professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences; director, Biomedical Visualization Center, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

To register, go to https://tinyurl.com/CCSSregistration.

Because of space considerations, registration is encouraged but not required.

Also available online via Zoom at https://umkc.zoom.us/j/8162352833.

Health Sciences Diversity and Inclusion Council Cultural Competency Speaker Series

Creating Safe and Inclusive Spaces for the LGBTQIA Community: Application Session

October 3, 10 a.m. – noon, HSB Room 3301*

Henry Ng, M.D., MPH, Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, Public Health, LGBT Health Advisor

LGBTQ panelists: Ask Me Anything
Application breakout sessions

To register, go to https://tinyurl.com/CCSSregistration.

Because of space considerations, registration is encouraged but not required.

Also available online via Zoom at https://umkc.zoom.us/j/8162352833.

Health Sciences Diversity and Inclusion Council Cultural Competency Speaker Series

Creating Safe and Inclusive Spaces for the LGBTQIA Community: 101

Kari Jo Freudigmann, M.S., UMKC assistant director, LGBTQIA programs and services
Kimberly Tilson, B.S.N., R.N., nurse care manager, TMC Behavioral Health Community Access Program; Health Science District LGBTQIA patient care advocate

This is a two-part session. Part one is a 101 basic knowledge session. Part two on October 3 is an application skills session. Participants in part one will learn to:

* identify issues facing the LGBTQIA community
* demonstrate fundamental skills to become a community ally
* reduce the fear of reprisal and discrimination

Participants in this session may also receive 25 wellness points toward their Total Rewards benefits package.

To register, go to https://tinyurl.com/CCSSregistration.

Because of space considerations, registration is encouraged but not required.

Also available online via Zoom at https://umkc.zoom.us/j/8162352833.

Health Sciences Diversity and Inclusion Council Cultural Competency Speaker Series

Maternal Mortality Rate in African-American Mothers

Traci Johnson, M.D., FACOG, board-certified Ob-Gyn, University Health; assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, UMKC School of Medicine

To register, go to https://tinyurl.com/CCSSregistration.

Because of space considerations, registration is encouraged but not required.

Also available online via Zoom at https://umkc.zoom.us/j/8162352833.

Health Sciences Diversity and Inclusion Council Cultural Competency Speaker Series

Creating Safe and Inclusive Spaces for the LGBTQIA Community: 101

Kari Jo Freudigmann, M.S., UMKC assistant director, LGBTQIA programs and services
Kimberly Tilson, B.S.N., R.N., nurse care manager, TMC Behavioral Health Community Access Program; Health Science District LGBTQIA patient care advocate

This is a two-part session. Part one is a 101 basic knowledge session. Part two on October 3 is an application skills session. Participants in part one will learn to:

* identify issues facing the LGBTQIA community
* demonstrate fundamental skills to become a community ally
* reduce the fear of reprisal and discrimination

Participants in this session may also receive 25 wellness points toward their Total Rewards benefits package.

To register, go to https://tinyurl.com/CCSSregistration.

Because of space considerations, registration is encouraged but not required.

Also available online via Zoom at https://umkc.zoom.us/j/8162352833.

Health Sciences Diversity Council sponsoring Cultural Competency Speaker Series

The Health Sciences Diversity and Inclusion Council is bringing a three-part Cultural Competency Speaker series to the Health Sciences campus beginning in August.

With financial support from a University of Missouri System Inclusive Excellence grant, the council will provide lectures and discussions on topics including Creating Safe and Inclusive Spaces for the LGBTQIA Community, Maternity Mortality Rate in African-American Mothers, and Ethnopharmacology. Each session will be open to all students, faculty and staff on the Health Sciences campus.

Tamica Lige, diversity council chair, said the speaker series will be geared toward health care professionals and will address a range of topics focusing on diversity and cultural competency in health care.

“We’ve tried to find topics that will be beneficial to the members all four health science schools,” Lige said. “One of our goals is to provide educational programming that can make an impact on knowledge, self-awareness, attitude, and cross-cultural skills.”

The series begins with the program on safe and inclusive spaces on August 8. Kari Jo Freudigmann, M.S, assistant director of LGBTQIA programs and services in the UMKC Office of Student Involvement will be one of two speakers from noon to 2 p.m. in the Health Sciences Building Room 3301. Her co-speaker will be Kimberly Tilson, BSN, RN, nurse care manager for the Behavioral Health Community Access Program at Truman Medical Center and a Health Science District LGBTQIA patient care advocate. This is a two-part session, with part one being a 101 basic knowledge session and part two being an application skills session.

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New organization will support African-American students at School of Pharmacy

Founding members of the UMKC School of Pharmacy’s Black Student Pharmacists organization.

Students at the UMKC School of Pharmacy have established a new organization they believe will be instrumental in encouraging and helping underrepresented minorities to succeed in pharmacy school and as pharmacists.

The Black Student Pharmacists organization is the first student group at the school created specifically to support African and African-American students, said Essence Daniels-Brewer, a second-year pharmacy student and president of the organization.

She said the goal is to give those students a greater voice and lay the groundwork for future students. Continue reading

Harmony Gala supports scholarships for underrepresented minority students

Music and a festive atmosphere filled Pierson Auditorium in the UMKC Atterbruy Student Success Center  on Saturday night, Feb. 16, when nearly 200 people enjoyed the fifth annual UMKC Health Sciences Harmony Gala.

The event is sponsored by the UMKC Health Sciences Diversity and Inclusion Council. It serves as a scholarship fundraiser to support underrepresented minority students enrolled in the UMKC health sciences schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Health Studies, and Pharmacy.

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Local Wall of Respect coming to UMKC campuses

The Wall of Respect, a 12-foot yurt representing the diversity of cultures in Kansas City, is coming to the UMKC Health Sciences campus Feb. 4-8.

Fifty-one years ago, a group of Chicago artists created a community mural called the Wall of Respect that revitalized the neighborhood in the city’s South Side. Last year, in the same spirit, Kansas City’s Jewish Community Center created its own Wall of Respect to celebrate the diversity of cultures in the community.

That project, a 12-foot yurt decorated by local artists, will be on display in the third-floor atrium of the UMKC Health Sciences Building for one week beginning Feb. 4. The following week, Feb. 11-15, the yurt will be set up at UMKC’s Student Union.

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