Table of Contents
- Nate's Notes
- Dr. Kim Nichols As New Associate Dean For DEI Faculty Access and Success
- Carolina EXCEL Program
- 39th Annual Zollicoffer Lecture and Banquet
- Task Force For Integrating Social Justice Into The Curriculum
- The Kenan Rural Primary Care Scholars Program
- The STAHR Program
- UNC-IMSD Welcomes New Assistant Director and Launches Peer Mentoring Initiative
- School of Medicine Diversity Liasons
As we strive for equity, I’m glad to be at this moment with all you. With fantastic leadership from our OIE directors, diversity liaisons, leaders, and staff, we are excited, ready, and committed to elevate DEI in the SOM. More important our success begins with you! From our baby boomers to generation Z, it is our time to be bold, create institutional change for marginalized and oppressed groups, and at the same time be inclusive to respect our diverse identities and navigate our differences. While social issues will always exist, each generation has a chance to create systemic change and make this world better for all individuals. Our goal is to one day eliminate the oppression and marginalization of diverse groups of people in our state and society. To do so, would allow everyone to lead a healthy and high-quality life.
You are Making the DEI Difference
They say one’s true values and character are demonstrated during the toughest times. COVID and the 2020 social justice issues shed a spotlight on our values and character for diversity, equity and inclusion. While leadership has to be at the forefront of championing DEI it takes all of us to make this change. Here is a list of efforts that reflect our work in the SOM:
- SOM DEI Social Justice town hall with over 1,000 participants and similar department townhalls with over 30 departments and centers
- Difficult Dialogues from challenges to action: conversations among faculty, staff, post docs, fellows, residents, students, leaders and within departments
- Launched the DEI framework and Inclusive Excellence Plans (IEPs)
- The majority of Chairs and Diversity Liaisons have finalized IEPs posted on the DEI website for transparency and accountability
- The majority of diversity liaisons have started DEI committees in their departments that include faculty, staff, trainees, and students
- The task force to integrate social justice into the curriculum finished its report and the implementation of recommendations has started
- The faculty leadership and diversity group is working together to support chairs, ACAs and businesses managers with addressing the challenges of DEI and wellness in their departments
- The Dean and Executive Dean meet with SNMA approximately every four months to discuss DEI from the student experience
- UNC SOM and UNC Health discussed climate survey results
- UNC SOM and UNC Health started the Executive System DEI Council
- Departments chairs have started the process of ensuring all their faculty receive bias 101 training and all chairs have registered for 2 day racial equity training
- We are seeing focused efforts to identify, outreach, interview, and hire highly talented individuals that diversify our leadership and faculty
- The SOM faculty Appointment, Promotion, and Tenure (APT) committee shared that the new APT guidelines will include diversity, equity and inclusion. Specific communication around this will be released in early 2021
While we still have a lot of work to do this work is happening because of each student, faculty member, trainee, staff, and leader. Your continued push to hold us accountable, be transparent, and communicate with you, helps us to be better and fulfill our values and demonstrate our character.
At the same time please continue to recognize and support the outstanding leaders in OIE who are continuing to build a DEI foundation that creates systemic and intentional change. Some of the efforts are showcased in this newsletter.
-Dr. Nate Thomas, Vice Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Dr. Kim Nichols as new Associate dean for DEI Faculty Access and Success
Join us in welcoming Kim Nichols, MD, as the new Associate Dean for DEI Faculty Access and Success. Dr. Nichols is a proud alumnus of the MED program and UNC School of Medicine, as well as a graduate of the UNC Dept. of Anesthesiology Residency and Pain Management fellowship. In her role as associate dean, Dr. Nichols will support faculty from groups that are underrepresented in medicine (URM) and/or historically marginalized, lead efforts focused on URM faculty recruitment, hiring, advancement, and success, and work closely with the VDDEI and Diversity Liaisons to collaborate with the UNC Health Care System (HCS) and other partner organizations. In addition to recruiting, she will support the retention of URM faculty that are already part of our institution. We are lucky to have Dr. Nichols as a part of our team and we can not wait to see all that she brings to this role.
Carolina excel program
To address the disparities within the healthcare system and within our education system the UNC School of Medicine is rolling out a transformative new program, Carolinca EXCEL (Carolina Early eXperience in Clinical Education and Learning). Claudis Polk, MA, the director of the Office of Scholastic Enrichment and Equity, is providing oversight of the program, with Dr. O'Rese Knight serving as clinical director and Dr. Neva Howard serving as curriculum director. The program also has the strongest support at all levels of the medical school and at the highest levels in the University. Carolina EXCEL is recruiting its first class of students this winter and the program will formally launch in May 2021. Carolina EXCEL students will join the class of 2026 in the fall of 2022.
Carolina EXCEL will provide an intensive one-year clinical, academic, and professional development curriculum with conditional acceptance to UNC School of Medicine upon successful completion of milestones. Conditional acceptance means that these students are guaranteed admission to the medical school in the next academic year, if they fulfill clearly established milestones. This conditional acceptance will help alleviate anxiety and allow these students to be valued members of our medical school community. By connection the Carolina EXCEL cohort with clinical and community leaders for healthcare training and skills development, as well as providing career and academic advising and professional development opportunities, we will do three things: significantly increase their social capital, immerse them in the culture of the school as leaders, while also working to transform the culture to one that is more inclusive and representative of the state we serve.
39TH ANNUAL ZOLLICOFFER LECTURE & BANQUET
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