Tacos with Teachers with Dr. Laura Petersen

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Photo of students, trainees, and faculty listening to Dr. Laura Petersen at the November 2017 Tacos with Teachers.

Laura Petersen, M.D., MPH, professor in medicine and chief of the health services research section at Baylor College of Medicine, spoke with students, trainees, and faculty and answered questions at the monthly Tacos with Teachers Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 at, the Center for Innovations In Quality, Effectiveness and Safety at the McGovern campus. Dr. Petersen’s professional interests include the assessment of the influence of financing of health care services upon the quality of health care, development of state-of-the-art methods for assessing the quality of health care for cardiovascular disease, and implementing best evidence into best clinical practice.

Diversity and Inclusion Week Lecture

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Dr. Chester Brown, professor and division chief of genetics and St. Jude Chair of Excellence in Genetics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Dr. Chester Brown, professor and division chief of genetics and St. Jude Chair of Excellence in Genetics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center spoke about providing and maintaining leadership to promote inclusion in diverse work and training environments Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 as part of 2017 Diversity and Inclusion Week.

A Compassionate Conversation: Understanding the Science of Unconscious Bias

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Janice Sabin, Ph.D., MSW, research associate professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine

Janice Sabin, Ph.D., MSW, research associate professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine, facilitated two compassionate conversation sessions based on the book Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People (2016) Wednesday, Oct. 4 as part of Diversity and Inclusion Week 2017. The sessions explored the science of unconscious and implicit cognition and unconscious and hidden biases our students, trainees, staff and faculty experienced. Participants also discussed individual and group strategies for mitigating unconscious and hidden biases that may occur in our work, learning and personal environments.

“Baylor College of Medicine Welcomes” Video

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Dr. Alicia D.H. Monroe, senior vice president and provost, holding a "Baylor College of Medicine Welcomes Veterans" sign.

For Baylor Diversity and Inclusion Week 2017, students, faculty and staff were invited to be filmed with a "Baylor College of Medicine Welcomes ____" sign to showcase the rich diversity and warm welcome of the Baylor community.

The welcome video is now available.

Tacos with Teachers with Dr. Fred Milton Sutton, Jr.

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Photo of students, trainees, and faculty listening to Dr. Fred Sutton, Jr. at the September 2017 Tacos with Teachers.

Fred Sutton, Jr., M.D., associate professor in medicine-gastroenterology and former chief of gastroenterology for 15 years at Ben Taub Hospital, spoke with students, trainees and faculty at the monthly Tacos with Teachers Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 at, Baylor Main Building. A well-respected gastroenterologist and educator, Dr. Sutton described is upbringing and how helping people, not just medically, was part of his DNA. He stressed how important it was to be nice to everyone you meet and to diversify yourself. Dr. Sutton answered questions from attendees and offered tips for maintaining work-life balance. 

Center of Excellence in Health Equity, Training and Research Advisory Council Holds Inaugural Meeting

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Members of the Advisory Council for the Baylor Center of Excellence in Health Equity, Training and Research at Aug. 24, 2017 meeting 

The inaugural meeting of the new Baylor College of Medicine Center of Excellence in Health Equity, Training and Research Advisory Council took place Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017. The advisory council, chaired by Jennifer Christner, M.D., dean, school of medicine, supports the work of the center by engaging institutional partners and community stakeholders; assisting the COE accomplish mission of meeting unmet needs of URM students, fellows and faculty; offering suggestions and recommendations on COE’s program policies, strategies, activities/services; providing valuable connections with community resources and social capital to advance the mission of the COE, and meeting at least quarterly. Other members of the advisory council include leaders from across the College as well as representatives from regional colleges and universities. 

Tacos with Teachers with Dr. James Walker

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Photo of students, trainees, and faculty listening to Dr. James Walker at the August 2017 Tacos with Teachers.

James Walker, DNP, CRNA, associate professor of anesthesiology and allied health sciences and director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (Nurse Anesthesia) program, spoke with students, trainees and faculty at the monthly Tacos with Teachers Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017 at, Baylor Main Building. He discussed his upbringing and experiences that helped lead him to become one of the most accomplished professors of nurse anesthesia in the country, including president of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists from 2009-2010 and the 2014 recipient of the AANA Outstanding Educator of the Year award. Dr. Walker answered questions from attendees and offered tips for pursuing a career that you love. 

Baylor College of Medicine at Houston Pride Festival

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Photo of BCM Pride student leaders representing Baylor at Houston Pride Festival.

BCM Pride and the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion waved the rainbow flag at their booth at the 2017 Houston Pride Festival Saturday, June 24 in downtown Houston. See photos online. Thanks to all those who donated, BCM Pride and The Montrose Center exceeded their goal to provide street relief backpacks for 100 homeless LGBTQ+ adolescents. Baylor College of Medicine supports and celebrates LGBT+ Pride during June. Find a place to celebrate by visiting Gay Pride Calendar or Pride Houston

Dr. Ricardo Nuila Selected for Writing Fellowship

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Dr. Ricardo Nuila, assistant professor of medicine and in the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy

Dr. Ricardo Nuila, assistant professor of medicine and in the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy and faculty advisor for the Latino Medical Students Association, was selected as the Ralph A. Johnston Fellow in the 2017-2018 Dobie Paisano Fellowship Program, which is sponsored by the Texas Institute of Letters and The University of Texas at Austin. This highly competitive, nationally recognized fellowship gives creative fiction and non-fiction writers the opportunity to live on a ranch outside Austin and write for an extended period. His journalism on health disparities has appeared in The New Yorker and The Atlantic websites, as well as in VQR and The New England Journal of Medicine. Ricardo's fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories, McSweeney's, and Ninth Letter. He won the inaugural New England Review Award for Emerging Writers and has attended the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers' Conferences as a tuition scholar. 

Sexuality, Science and Sandwiches Seminar

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Dr. Alexander Pastuszak, assistant professor of urology

Friday, April 21, 2017
Noon - 1:30 p.m.
McGovern Campus - VA Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety, Suite 01Y, Room 101

Speakers:
Alexander Pastuszak, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Urology, Baylor College of Medicine
"Male Anorgasmia: From No to Go!"

Vanessa Schick, Ph.D. and J. Michael Wilkerson, Ph.D. (UT SPH)
“Preliminary Findings from Tell Us, Texas: A Needs Assessment of Sexual and Gender Minorities Living in Texas”

The purpose of this series is to establish a network of individuals who are engaged in sex research and scholarship and discuss sexuality-related research across disciplines, fields, and agencies. Please bring your brown bag lunch and discuss the latest research in human sexuality. Coffee and cookies provided. 

Host: Michael R. Kauth, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine
For more information: michael.kauth@va.gov or 713-440-4460

Tacos with Teachers with Dr. Biykem Bozkurt

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Photo of students, trainees, and faculty listening to Dr. Biykem Bozkurt at the April 2017 Tacos with Teachers

Dr. Biykem Bozkurt, professor of medicine in the section of cardiology, spoke to students, trainees and faculty at the monthly Tacos with Teachers on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at Baylor Main Building. She discussed her personal and professional journey, including what brought her to Baylor to complete her internal medicine residency and cardiology fellowship. Dr. Bozkurt answered questions from attendees including the difference between a cardiac transplant specialist and cardiac surgeon and the challenges of maintaining balance when showing compassionate for patients without burning out in the process. 

Positive Exposure: A Photographic Exhibition

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Positive Exposure: A Photographic Exhibition by Rick Guidotti uses photographs to transform public perceptions of people living with genetic, physical, intellectual and behavioral differences. 

The Positive Exposure exhibition by Rick Guidotti, who uses photographs to transform public perceptions of people living with genetic, physical, intellectual and behavioral differences, will be on display in the Alkek Lobby at main Baylor March 27 – April 3. The exhibition will be capped off with a lecture by Guidotti April 3 at 5 p.m. in Room M112, followed by a reception in the Alkek Lobby at 6 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Association for Graduate Student Diversity, the Office of Student Services and the Office of Philanthropy with support from the John E. Whitmore Endowed Lectureship. 

Lecture on the ADA in Relation to Healthcare and Health Science Education

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Dr. Judy Lu Kim, assistant professor of medicine

Student Disability Services and the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion sponsored an educational session Wednesday, March 29, 2017 regarding access to health care and health science education as a provision of the Americans with Disabilities Act. All members of the Baylor community were invited to attend. The first session, from noon-1 p.m. in Cullen Auditorium, featured Dr. Judy Kim, assistant professor of medicine in the Transition Medicine Clinic. The presentation focused on information for clinicians and trainees regarding how to interact with individuals with disabilities and considerations to ensure full access to healthcare. 

NOTE: Due to inclement weather, the second session featuring Ms. Lucia Ostrom, supervising attorney for the advocacy group Disability Rights Texas, will be rescheduled. The presentation will focus on information for faculty, staff, and learners regarding the education rights of individuals with disabilities and considerations to ensure equal access to the learning and work environment.

Tacos with Teachers with Dr. Cynthia Peacock

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Photo of students, trainees, and faculty listening to Dr. Cynthia Peacock at the March 2017 Tacos with Teachers

Dr. Cynthia Peacock, associate professor of medicine in the transition medicine section, spoke to students, trainees and faculty at the monthly Tacos with Teachers Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at the Baylor Clinic. She discussed her personal and professional journey, including transitioning from a career as a nurse to completing her medical degree and combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics residency at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Peacock talked about how she moved into various leadership roles in academic medicine, including residency program director, and shared her story of how the Transition Medicine Clinic at Baylor was created.  

Peace Vigil to Express Solidarity With Muslim Community

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Students, faculty and staff from across the TMC gathering for candlelight vigil.

Students from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Baylor College of Medicine, Rice University and the University of Houston, as well as members of the wider Texas Medical Center community, gathered for a peace vigil in solidarity with the Muslim community Tuesday, Feb. 7, at Webber Plaza in front of UT Houston's McGovern Medical School. In response to recent political news, students and community members shared personal reflections and a moment of silence in support of the diversity of the community and to show strength in unity. 

Dr. Asim Shah Writes Op-Ed for Dallas Morning News

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Dr. Asim Shah, professor and executive vice chair for community psychiatry in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine.

Asim Shah, M.D., professor and vice chair for Community Psychiatry in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, wrote an opinion article for the Feb. 1, 2017 edition of the Dallas Morning News entitled "Cultural diversity: Why we should respect other cultures". View the full article.

5th Annual LMSA Southwest Regional Conference

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Image of the conference logo for the 5th LMSA Southwest Regional Conference held Jan. 27-29, 2017.

The Office of the Provost sponsored faculty and residents from the Internal Medicine Residency Program (including the Primary Care Track), Pediatric Residency Program (including the new Lead and Acquire: Pediatric Primary Care for Vulnerable and Underserved Populations), and Family Medicine Residency Program and staff from the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion to represent Baylor College of Medicine at the Latino Medical Student Association - Southwest region annual conference Saturday, Jan. 28. The event was at the UTHealth McGovern Medical School and include pre-medical students, medical students, residents, and faculty from Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about medical school admissions, residency programs and the diverse and inclusive environment we foster at Baylor College of Medicine. 

Sexuality, Science & Sandwiches Seminar

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"Sexuality, Science and Sandwiches" seminar Friday, Jan. 20 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the VA Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety (McGovern Campus).

All students, trainees, staff and faculty members were invited to bring lunch to the "Sexuality, Science and Sandwiches" Friday, Jan. 20, at the VA and BCM Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety (IQuESt), Room 101, located at the McGovern campus. Cookies and coffee will be provided. The purpose of this series is to establish a network of individuals who are engaged in sex research and scholarship and discuss sexuality related research across disciplines, fields, and agencies. Vanessa Cox, doctoral candidate at the UTHealth School of Public Health, will present at noon on “Disparities in HPV prevalence between sexual minority and heterosexual women,” followed by Dr. Charlene Flash, assistant professor of medicine, discussing her research on the implementation of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis in Houston. To attend this event, RSVP to Dr. Michael Kauth

Lecture Focuses on Optimizing Care for LGBT Patients

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"Optimizing Care For Your LGBT Patients" Lecture Jan. 5, 2017

The Department of Medicine and the Internal Medicine Diversity Council presented "Optimizing Care For Your LGBT Patients" from 12:15-1:15 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 in Room M112 (Michael E. DeBakey Building - Main Campus). Shane Snowden, M.A., former director of health and aging policy at Human Rights Campaign and founding the director of the Center for LGBT Health & Equity at the University of California San Francisco, was the featured speaker for Grand Rounds. She spoke on LGBT health equity and access issues as well as insights into best practices for patient interactions and clinical care for LGBT patients. 

Compassionate Conversation

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Ombuds Laurel Hyle

Ombuds Laurel Hyle facilitated discussions for the Baylor community on “Communications Strategies for Difficult Conversations” from noon to 1 p.m. and 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, in Cullen Auditorium. Small group sessions provided opportunities to address feelings and concerns associated with post-election and campus climate incidents that have occurred across the country. Attendees also discussed ways that Baylor could take a leadership role in promoting an inclusive environment both at the College and in the community. 

Whether you are experiencing difficulty yourself or want to help support fellow members of the College family, please join the Office of Provost and Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion for these Compassionate Conversation events. 

Diversity and Inclusion Week 2016

A number of activities marked Diversity and Inclusion Week at Baylor College of Medicine. Highlights from the Oct. 6- event included special features included a Focus on Health Equity/Disparities lecture, a disability history exhibit opening, and Diversity and Inclusion Showcase. 

Focus on Health Equity/Disparities Lecture 

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From left: Drs. Gayle Slaughter, Marino DeLeon, professor and director of the Center for Health Disparities and Molecular Medicine at Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Toi Harris and Daisy DeLeon.

Dr. Marino DeLeon, professor and director of the Center for Health Disparities and Molecular Medicine at Loma Linda University School of Medicine spoke about health equity and health disparities Oct. 6, 2016 as part of 2016 Diversity and Inclusion Week. 

Disability History Exhibit Opening Celebration

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Dr. Judy Lu Kim, assistant professor, Transition Medicine.

Dr. Judy Lu Kim, assistant professor for medicine, was the featured speaker in the Alkek Lobby Oct. 5, 2016 for the opening celebration of the Disability History Exhibit. Dr. Kim is part of the Transition Medicine Clinic and provides medical care to the growing population of adolescents and young adults with a chronic childhood illness or disability as they move from pediatric to adult healthcare. 

Disability Employment Awareness Month: Disability History Exhibit

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BCM community members viewing several panels from Disability History Exhibit on display from Oct. 3-28, 2016, for Diversity and Inclusion Week and Disability Awareness Month.

In honor of Diversity and Inclusion Week and October as Disability Employment Awareness Month, Student Disability Services secured a loan of the Disability History Exhibit from the grassroots disability rights advocacy organization Advocating Change Together (ACT). The 40-foot long exhibit consists of 23 individual panels displaying a collage of words and images that invite individuals to better understand the complex ways in which disability has been viewed over the past 3,000 years. The panels include a timeline that runs along the bottom of the entire display, and color coding to represent how the disabled were viewed from a medical, moral, and social perspective. The exhibit has been featured at events around the country, however, this is its first stop in Texas.  

Dr. Toi Harris Featured in Stories from the Center

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Dr. Toi Harris, associate provost of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion and Student Services, Baylor College of Medicine and professor at the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Toi Blakley Harris, M.D., associate provost of the Office of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion and Student Services, was featured in a recent edition of Stories from the Center, a deeper look at the lives of doctors, nurses, and researchers in the world's largest medical center. View the full article.

“Welcome to Baylor” Video

For BCM Diversity Week 2016, students, faculty and staff submitted videos of themselves saying “Welcome to Baylor College of Medicine” in their native language. The videos were compiled and the completed video was presented during Diversity Week, Oct. 3- 7.

The welcome video is now available.

Honoring Orlando Shooting Victims

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Roses and candles were used to honor each of the 49 victims who were killed in the Orlando shooting.

A candlelight vigil was held June 16, 2016 in honor of the victims of the Orlando shooting. The event was organized by BCM Pride Club and the Muslim Association, supported by the Office of Institutional Diversity, along with members from UT Health. Roses and candles were used to honor each of the 49 victims who were killed. 

Inaugural Diversity Admissions Symposium

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Photo from the February 2016 Inaugural Diversity Admissions Symposium.

The Inaugural Diversity Admissions Symposium, held Feb. 27, 2016,  provided assistance to undergraduate students interested in applying to medical school to pursue a career in the health professions. The symposium invited students who are underrepresented in medicine (URM) to a morning of preparation for the medical/allied health school application process. Undergraduate students from Louisiana State University, University of Houston, Texas Southern University, Rice University, University of Texas, Lone Star Community College and University of Houston-Victoria attended this event. The keynote speaker was Garvin Davis, M.D., M.P.H.

The following topics were presented:

- Improving your CV/Resume
- Writing a “standout” personal statement
- Making the most of your interview visit
- Finding your allies as an URM in Higher Education

In addition, forty students were given the opportunity for a mock interview with Baylor faculty and staff.

Dr. Carol Rumack Presents "Women Don't Ask" at Baylor College of Medicine

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Dr. Toi Harris, Dr. Carol Rumack, Dr. Ellen Friedman, and Dr. Karla Sepulveda

Dr. Carol Rumack, associate dean for Graduate Medical Education at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and founding president of the American Association of Women Radiologists, visited Baylor Feb. 5, 2016 to present a lecture titled, "Women Don't Ask". Dr. Rumack published an article with the same title as her talk in The Journal of the American College of Radiology in 2015.

Diversity Week at Baylor College of Medicine

Baylor College of Medicine celebrated Diversity Week Oct. 5-9, 2015 with an abundance of social, educational, and professional development events. Students, faculty, and staff from departments across Baylor enjoyed a Diversity Week Kick-Off Ice Cream Social, where student organizations showcased their latest research and community outreach efforts. Baylor Faculty and staff also had the opportunity to participate in an AAMC Student Services Diversity Training session. Other events which were held during Baylor Diversity Week included a Diversity Town Hall, meeting of the Military Medical Student Association, and a reception in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Diversity Week Kick Off: Ice Cream Social

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Students from the Baylor Hillel organization participate in Diversity Week

Valencia Potter, Student Representative within the Student Services Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee, coordinated Diversity Week's Ice Cream Social at Baylor College of Medicine. Various student organizations showcased their latest research and community outreach endeavors. These organizations included Association for Graduate Student Diversity, Baylor Hillel, Catholic Medical Student Association, Health Policy Institute Student Forum, Indian Students and Scholars Association, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Muslim Medical Student Association, Schweitzer Fellowship, Student Disability Committee, Student National Medical Association, Taiwanese Student Association, and  Día de la Mujer Latina, Inc. - founded by Venus Gines.

Diversity Town Hall

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Drs. Harris, Monroe, Klotman, and Petersen at the Hispanic Heritage Reception

Dr. Petersen delivered the Keynote Address at Baylor's Diversity Town Hall, followed by a reception in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Dr. Andrew Campbell Presents "The Rise of the Invisible Man"

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Dr. Andrew Campbell presents "The Rise of the Invisible Man: Pursuing an Academic Career"

Dr. Andrew Campbell, associate professor of medical science at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, presented a talk entitled "The Rise of the Invisible Man: Pursuing an Academic Career". Dr. Campbell also met with students, post-doctoral fellows and faculty throughout the day to discuss various issues related to career advising. These events were sponsored by the Association of Graduate Student Diversity, the Initiative for Maximizing Student Development, and the Office of Institutional Diversity.

LMSA Hispanic Heritage Reception

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LMSA members celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

The Latino Medical Student Association sponsored a reception following the Diversity Town Hall in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month

Go Purple Day at Baylor College of Medicine

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Student Services Faculty and Staff "Go Purple" in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Month is a great time to bring people together to work on preventing domestic violence and creating positive change for safer communities. As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Baylor students, faculty, and staff participated in Go Purple Day Oct. 13, 2015.

Mini Retreat Focuses on Advancing Diversity, Optimizing Excellence

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Photo from the Aug. 20, 2015 Mini Retreat: Advancing Diversity, Optimizing Excellence

On Aug. 20, 2015 the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion hosted a mini retreat for senior leadership, associate provosts, diversity leaders, representatives from SAHS, GSBS, SOM, NSTM, and faculty from the following clinical departments: Anesthesiology, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatric Surgery, Pediatrics, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, and Radiology. The theme of the meeting was  “Advancing Diversity and Optimizing Excellence at Baylor College of Medicine.”

Speakers included Alicia Monroe, M.D., Toi B. Harris, M.D., Laura Petersen, M.D., and Terry Krailo.

Participants discussed:

- The current level of Baylor faculty diversity and national trends
- “How does diversity impact scientific research?”
- Baylor's diversity asset mapping:  education, healthcare, research, community
- Break-out sessions:  faculty recruitment, retention and promotion strategies (best practices, areas of opportunities and strategic solutions)