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2023
January

 

Stalking Awareness Month Webinar
January 18th, 2023 | 12:00pm CT to 1:00pm CT

A public awareness training, presented by, Captain Joanne Morrow and Lieutenant Celia Tisby of UT Campus Police, created in part, by the Stalking, Prevention, Awareness, and Resource Center (SPARC) on identifying, addressing, reporting, and supporting persons who have experienced stalking.

 

Tabling Event
January 31st, 2023 | 12:00pm to 1:00pm CT

Campus Police alongside the Office of Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity will be in the Madison Plaza Lobby with games, information, and resources for students, faculty, and staff!

 

NSAM Giveaway

Use the knowledge you've gained from the Stalking Awareness Month Webinar to complete the quiz linked below between Wednesday, January 18th, 2:00pm to Wednesday January, 25th, 2:00pm for a chance to win a UT Campus Police Department swag bag along with a $25 Chipotle giftcard!

The winner will be notified January 26th!

February 

 

Black History Month Essay Contest
Friday, February 10 | Due at 11:59pm CST 

Question: “What was your first experience with soul food, where did you go, what did you eat, and why was it memorable?” Submit your essay (500 words max) to hsc-oied@uthsc.edu for full consideration and winners will be announced on Wednesday, February 15. The contest has concluded.

1st Prize: $50 gift card to Alcenia's
2nd Prize: $25 gift card to Alcenia's
March 

 

Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories Panel
Thursday, March 30 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm CST | Zoom and Freeman Auditorium 

A panel of women from different professions, departments, and UTHSC campuses share their personal and professional stories of how they got to where they are today! Free lunches will be available first come, first served. 

 

Women’s History Month Book Club
Tuesday, March 28 | 12:00pm – 1:00pm CST | Zoom 

Early registrants will be included in a free book raffle. Winners will be announced on March 15.

Love books? Love history of women in medicine? Join us via Zoom for a discussion on Twice as Hard: The Stories of Black Women Who Fought to Become Physicians, from the Civil War to the Twenty-First Century by Jasmine Brown.

 

CDO In-Person Lunch Session
Friday, March 24 | 12 pm – 1 pm CST

Candor, Dialogue, and Observation Sessions (CDO Sessions) with UTHSC’s Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Michael Alston. Participants in these unstructured conversations will have an opportunity to discuss and ask questions regarding inclusion, equity, and diversity that they may be uncomfortable asking in other spaces.

 

Women’s History Month Trivia
Tuesday, March 21 | 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm CST | Zoom 

Calling all trivia fans! Join us via Zoom to test your knowledge about women’s history- especially women in medicine! Prizes for the top three winners! 

 

International Women’s Day Tabling Event
Wednesday, March 8 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm CST | Madison Plaza

Celebrate International Women’s Day with us! Remember to wear purple, grab a selfie stick, and help us spread the message on social media. Snacks and prizes are available. #EmbraceEquality 

 

CDO Morning Zoom Session
Friday, March 3 | 7:00 am – 8:00 am CST | Zoom 

Candor, Dialogue, and Observation Sessions (CDO Sessions) with UTHSC’s Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Michael Alston. Participants in these unstructured conversations will have an opportunity to discuss and ask questions regarding inclusion, equity, and diversity that they may be uncomfortable asking in other spaces.

April 

CDO Lunch Session (Rescheduled for Wednesday April 26, 2023)
Wednesday, April 26 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm CST

Candor, Dialogue, and Observation Sessions (CDO Sessions) with UTHSC’s Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Michael Alston. Participants in these unstructured conversations will have an opportunity to discuss and ask questions regarding inclusion, equity, and diversity that they may be uncomfortable asking in other spaces

 

Denim Day
Wednesday, April 26 | 11:30 am CST | Madison Plaza Lobby 

Denim Day is a campaign in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The campaign began after a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans, she must have helped the person who raped her remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Peace Over Violence developed the Denim Day campaign in response to this case and the activism surrounding it.

Can’t make it to the group picture? Send us your Denim Day picture at hsc-oied@uthsc.edu 

 

S.A. Q and A
Monday, April 24 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm CST | Freeman Auditorium and Zoom 

Join us for a panel discussion with experts in the field of Sexual Assault 

Topics include reporting on and off campus, community resources, campus resources and policies, advocacy and prevention, and much more. 

 

CDO Morning Zoom Session
Friday, April 14 | 7:00 am – 8:00 am CST | Zoom 

Candor, Dialogue, and Observation Sessions (CDO Sessions) with UTHSC’s Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Michael Alston. Participants in these unstructured conversations will have an opportunity to discuss and ask questions regarding inclusion, equity, and diversity that they may be uncomfortable asking in other spaces.

 

Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention: What You Need to Know, to Know What to Do
Thursday, April 13 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm CST | Freeman Auditorium and Zoom 

Want to know more about violence and sexual assault prevention? Do you want to have a clearer understanding of how ACES, trauma, bystander intervention, and consent are intertwined in both violence and sexual assault and their prevention of them?

Join us for a special presentation from Shelby County Crime Victims and Rape Crisis Center along with SASSI and OIED as we learn more about Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention. 

 

Meet and Greet with the Title IX Team
Tuesday, April 11 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm CST | Mooney Library and Zoom 

  • Meet UTHSC’s Title IX Coordinator, Deputy Title IX Coordinators, and the Title IX Investigation Team
  • Learn about UTHSC’s Title IX Policy
  • Understand the investigation process and possible outcomes
  • Ask us questions about Title IX and our roles 

Light refreshments will be served.

 

Day of Action
Tuesday, April 4 | 11:00 am – 1:00 pm CST | Madison Plaza 

Stop by our table, grab a teal ribbon, sign our virtual pledge wall, and learn about resources available to you on and off campus. 

Access and make a pledge on the SAAM 2023 virtual pledge wall

May 

 

Kosher Food Drive
May 10th, 17th, and 24th | 11am-1pm CST | Madison Plaza

Join us in celebrating Jewish American Heritage Month by helping those in need and giving back to our community. OIED will be hosting a food drive and those items will be donated to the Kosher Food Bank at the Jewish Community Center. If you donate more than 5 items, you will be enteresd in a drawing for a chance to win a Wissotzky Tea Chest box. 

 

Bubble Tea Social
May 4th | 12pm CST | Health Science Park

Join Asian American Students of Health Science (AASHS) and OIED for a relaxing picnic in celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month! Come by and try bubble tea anda asian food and snacks. 

June 

 

UTHSC Safezone Training
June 20th | 10am-12pm CST | HR Training Room. 910 Madison Ave, Suite 755

UTHSC SASSI office, OIED office, and UNITE student group are excited to offer UTHSC SafeZone training! UTHSC Safe Zone is a training opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to learn about LGBTQ+ identities, and examine prejudice, assumptions, and privlege within the scope of Healthcare and Health education. 
Lunch will be provided as well as "UTHSC SafeZone Certificates" upon completion of the training. 
Register for the UTHSC SafeZone Training

 

"PRIDE in Affirming Care": Faculty and Community Provider Panel at UTHSC
June 14th | 12:00pm-1:00pm CST | Hamilton Eye Freeman Auditorium, 930 Madison, 3rd floor

JOIN OIED and Subject-Matter experts for a lunch panel to engage in a discussion on best practices for LGBTQ+ care in Health Education and Healthcare. We will focus on the local history of LGBTQ+ experiences in Healthcare: Past and Present, to highlight the importance of Affirming Care within Healthcare/Health Education.

Register for Pride in Affirming Care Lunch Panel

 

"PRIDE with the OIED Team" TABLING EVENT
June 7th | 11:00am-1:00pm | Madison Plaza

Stop by our table, take a photo to celebrate the start of the Pride season, and learn about the LGBTQ+ resources and local businesses available to on and off campus. 

 

"Stonewall Forever" documentary and Reflection drawing
Stonewall Forever- A documentary about the Past, Present, and Future of Pride: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjRv7dJTync
All Month

Reflect on the most poignant statements or thoughts derived from the documentary, and how it has changed your perspective regarding inclusion, equity, and basic human rights.
Submit your response in an essay (no longer than 250 words" to hsc-oied@uthsc.edu for a chance to win a copy of the Book "The Remedy: Queer and Trans Voices on Health Care" by Zena Sherman. 

August

Got Civility? Lecture Series 

August 2nd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd and 24th | 12:00-1:00 pm (CDT) | Hamilton Eye Freeman Auditorium, 930 Madison, 3rd floor and Zoom

August marks National Civility Month, a time to celebrate and recognize the importance of civil behavior. Earlier this year, the UT System announced new policy addressing civility and collegiality. The overall goal is to promote civility and civil discourse throughout UTHSC to increase intellectual diversity and promote climate facilitating the free and respectful exchance of ideas. OIED will sponsor four lectures below: 

Leading With Civility

Civility In Healthcare
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Why Can't You Be Nice?: An Examination Of Why We Need More Civility at UTHSC
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Civility in the Classroom
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September

Cultural Sensitivity and Medical Interpretation: How to close the gap
September 27th, 2023 | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm | Hybrid

Join OIED, as well as students and professionals who work directly with Clinica Esperanza for a lunch panel on how important medical interpretation is in health care, addressing the needs of non-English speaking patients, and provide a conversation with best practices for medical professionals. The goal is to have the panel help bridge the gap between providers and patients by using medical interpreters.

Please register for the event. 

 

National Constitution and Citizenship Day
September 18th, 2023 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm CST | Madison Plaza Lobby 

 

October 

Intimate Partner Violence- a Medical Professional's Role
Wednesday, October 25, 2023 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm CST | Zoom

Register here: https://uthsc.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bCIZ9xUO9ajKcqa
Find out how you can help domestic violence survivors as a medical professional. 

 

Bystander Intervention
Monday, October 23, 2023 | 11:30 am – 1:00 pm CST | GEB A202

Register here: https://uthsc.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_88O3ddVclUuV6o6

Learn verbal and behavioral de-escalation strategies from SASSI Counselors to non-violently intervene violence in all its forms.

Ada at Work: The Interactive Process to Accomodations
Thursday, October 19, 2023 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CST | Freeman Auditorium

Register Here: https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspx?id=2RNYUX1x3UWeypqhnAnW-XBr5itRUL1Llut9H0aucsNUMUZIWEc4UUtQU1VSSU03TkE5NVNMSDNVSi4u 

This is a hybrid style presentation hosted by Miriam Ghandi in the Office of Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in the workplace. It will cover a range of topics within ADA like; defining disability, the ADA Interactive Process, accommodations that might be reasonable, and an overview on various key ADA terms.

Domestic Violence 101
Tuesday, October 10, 2023 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am CST | Zoom

Register here: https://uthsc.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bO3bL8XtwtvDnX8

Learn about Domestic Violence from the Shelby County Crime Victims and Rape Crisis Center. Understand the process of how survivors are screened, as well as next steps for safety planning.

 

Day of Unity - Resource Fair
Monday, October 2, 2023 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm CST | GEB Lobby

Add to your calendar: https://uthsc.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_b8y8Z2QaiW02fbM

Attend the Domestic Violence Resource Fair and learn about on and off campus resources. Connect with local organizations and engage with your campus community. Refreshments available.

2022
February

 

Book Club | Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents
February 24th, 2022 | 12:00 pm CDT to 1:00 pm CDT

Join the Diversity and Inclusion Book Club virtual discussion of Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson on February 24th at noon. Zoom link will be sent out via the inclusion listserv.

 

From Health Equality to Health Equity: Changing Perspectives on Understanding Black Health
February 17th | 12:00pm CDT
Recording is now available! 

This panel discussion will bring together various health professionals to speak on the recent shift from health equality towards health equity pertaining to how stakeholders understand the needs of African-American communities. Registration is closed. 

 

A Tour of Possibilities
February 10th | 11:30am CT (virtual)

"A Tour of Possibilities offers African American History Tours of Memphis, TN. Let us be your “conductor” and share with you a Memphis you can FEEL! The culture here is rich and it runs deep. We embrace the often uncomfortable and tragic parts of our history but we also celebrate the resilient and inspiring future of Memphis. Whether you are from around the world or around the corner, join us on an eye-opening journey that enlightens and entertains. The possibilities are endless!" (source).  Registration is closed. 

April 

 

SAAM White Ribbon Campaign Photograph
Tuesday, April 19th 11:30am to 1:00pm CDT | Madison Plaza Lobby

Dr. Peter Buckley, Chancellor, and Dr. Michael Alston, Title IX Coordinator, encourage all UTHSC males on campus to join them in wearing a White Ribbon on Tuesday, April 19, for a group photograph.  
White Ribbon is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end violence against women and girls, promote gender equity, healthy relationships, and a new vision of masculinity. Since its inception in Toronto in 1991, White Ribbon Campaign initiatives have been organized in over 60 countries around the world. Wearing the white ribbons demonstrates a collective pledge to never commit, condone, or remain silent about all forms of gender-based violence. Source

 

SAAM Teal Ribbon Campaign
Wednesday, April 13th 11:30am to 1:00pm CDT | Madison Plaza Lobby

Campus members of UTHSC will have an opportunity to receive a free teal ribbon. Teal ribbons are worn by many to raise awareness in support of sexual assault awareness and victims. Ribbons will be given away in the Madison Plaza Lobby at the above time and date. \

 

UTHSC Sexual Assault Awareness Month Pledge
Monday, April 4th - Saturday, April 30th | Online Submission

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). UTHSC’s observance serves to bring awareness around these issues through consciousness-raising and educational programming, as well as to provide support to those who may have experienced sexual assault. Join us in kicking off the month with our social media Sexual Assault Awareness Pledge by submitting an online submission.  

May

 

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month | The Tool Kit for Spreading Eracism Like a Virus
Wednesday, May 18th 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm CDT | Freeman Auditorium

FEATURING DR. KENNETH M. SAKAUYE
Dr. Sakauye is an Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis.  He is an award winning nationally recognized physician of color.  He chaired the APA’s Council on Aging, that Council’s Task Force and Committee on Minority Elderly, as well as serving on the APA Council for Minority Health and Health Disparities.  He served on research review groups for the National Institute of Health, the National Institute of Mental Health, the Administration on Aging, and the Alzheimer Association.  Most recently he published The Tool Kit for Spreading Eracism (End Racism) Like a Virus, meant as a primer on three skills to help empower one to talk with someone who doesn’t think like you.  The basics of developing trust, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness (the underpinning of dialectical Behavior Therapy) are described like a how-to book.  One can overcome impotent rage and feel in control of our emotions and actions when dealing with the trauma or microtraumas of racism.

Copies of The Tool Kit for Spreading Eracism (End Racism) Like a Virus will be sold at the event for $10.

Come with questions! A Q&A will be portion will be held.

 

June

 

Pride Month
Saturday, June 4th 12pm to 5pm

The Office of Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity is proud to sponsor UTHSC Unite in the Memphis Pride Fest Parade on Saturday, June 4th! To march with Unite, please RSVP!

September

 

Constitution & Citizenship Day
September 17, 2022

Free pocket constitution books in the Madison Plaza on Friday, September 16th from 11am to 1pm CT. 

October

 

National Disability Employment Awareness Month | Open Forum Discussion on Accessibility and Inclusion at UTHSC
October 19th, 2022 12:00pm to 1:00pm CT | Freeman Auditorium

Please join the Office of Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity for a hybrid open forum discussion on accessibility and inclusion at UTHSC. The goal of this open forum is to get feedback from the campus community on accessibility issues they witness or experience here at UTHSC. These can range from physical space limitations to curriculum needs to web accessibility. This event is hybrid - attendees should register and submit questions. 

 

DVAM | Purple Ribbon Thursdays
October 13th, 20th, and 27th from 11:00am to 1:00pm CT | Madison Plaza Lobby

Help us bring awareness to domestic violence each Thursday in October by picking up a Purple Ribbon in the Madison Plaza Lobby.

 

Domestic Violence Awareness Month | Take a Stand Reception
October 6th, 2022 10:00am to 11:00am CT | Mooney Library

Hear information on domestic violence awareness from on and off campus resources like: Captain Joanne Morrow (Campus Police); Miki Sisco-Sankrityayan (OIED); and Sandy Bromley (Crime Victims and Rape Crisis Center) to speak on Domestic Violence Awareness from law enforcement, legal, and wellness perspectives!

December

UTHSC Impact Awards
December 6th, 2022 | 12pm CT

The Office of Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity hosted the UTHSC Impact Awards on December 6th, 2022. Awards announced were the Lichterman Award, the Chancellor's Exempt Staff Award, the Student Social Justice and Diversity Healthcare Leadership Award, and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Faculty Award. Please follow through the link to watch the UTHSC Impact Awards.

2021
February
Virtual Block Party

February 18, 2021, 3pm

Keeping up with the national theme for the month, The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity, we will offer door prizes, play games centered around Black culture, test our knowledge of local Black history, have fun and get to select winners for the lip sync/air guitar battle! Registration is closed.

 

Dr. Duane Loynes Sr.
February 3, 2021, 12pm

"Nothing New Under the Sun: A Tale of Two Pandemics" by Dr. Duane Loynes Sr.
Assistant Professor of Urban Studies and Africana Studies
Rhodes College

March

 

Mini Language Workshop
March 10, 2021, 12pm to 1pm

Join the Office of Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity and the Young Professionals Group as we present an introductory language workshop featuring 3 languages (Arabic, American Sign Language, and French) with facilitators from across the state of Tennessee.  Registration is closed. 

April 

 

Bystander Intervention Course
All of April 2021

The annual Bystander Intervention course is now available via Blackboard. For those who complete the course, HR128 credit will be granted. Please contact Dominique Crockett, dcrock12@uthsc.edu, for enrollment. 

 

Trauma-Informed Yoga
April 14th, 12pm to 1pm

The Office of Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity, in partnership with Block and Bolster, will be offering a Trauma-informed Yoga class.  Registration is closed. 

June 

 

Pride Zoom Backgrounds
All Month

The Office of Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity (OIED) is offering two free Pride Zoom Backgrounds! To download, click on the following: UTHSC Pride Background 1 and UTHSC Pride Background 2.

 

Pride Flags and Notes on Color Theory with Amina Harper
June 10th, 12pm
Updated June 15th, 2021: The recording of the event is available now

The Office of Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity (OIED) will be hosting an informative conversation with Amina Harper! Amina is a watercolor and self-taught acrylics artist and will be discussing the Pride Flag and notes on color theory. Amina's website and Instagram  are available to give better insight to the discussion. 

August 

 

Women's Equality Day
August 26th, 2021

The Office of Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity (OIED) has made a free zoom background to celebrate Women's Equality Day 2021! Use it on August 26th or use it all month long to commemorate the day. 

September 

 

National Hispanic Heritage Month | Deciphering Dialects: When Words Vary Amongst Spanish Speaking Populations
September 22nd, 12:30 PM CDT
Updated October 1st, 2021: The recording of the event is available now

Join us as we have a panel of language experts to discuss their work and/or experiences navigating interpreting (medical), research regarding Spanish cultures and dialects, and more! Registration is closed. 

 

Constitution Day
September 17th, 12:00 PM CDT to 1:00 PM CDT

The Office of Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity will be handing out a limited number of pocket-sized U.S. Constitution booklets on September 17th, from noon until 1:00 p.m. in the Madison Plaza lobby!

October

 

National Disability Employment Awareness Month | Hearts of Glass
Screening: October 18th to the 22nd
Virtual Panel Discussion: October 28th, 12:00 PM CDT to 1:00 PM CDT

National Disability Employment Awareness Month | Hearts of Glass The Office of Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity in collaboration with Student Affairs and Community Engagement held a virtual panel discussion on October 28th at noon that was moderated by UTHSC's own Dr. Stephanie Lancaster, and featuring the director of the film, Jennifer Tennican, and two Vertical Harvest Employees, Samantha LaBounta and Nathan Watson. The panel discussion can be viewed here

 

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month | Tabling Event in the Madison Plaza
October 12th and October 26th | 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM CDT

Collecting donations for YWCA Greater Memphis for items on their wish list. Receive a free mask and entry for free t-shirt with donation.

Purple Selfies
All Month Long

Send in a selfie wearing PURPLE for NDVAM and win a free t-shirt. Send selfies to hsc-oied@uthsc.edu with your name and classification (student, staff, faculty, or trainee). One winner will be chosen per classification.

November 

 

Veterans Day
November 11th, 2021 | 11AM CDT

Join the Office of Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity in commemorating Veterans Day with a 2-minute moment of silence at 11am CDT. Location will be announced in an email on November 9th, 2021. 

December

 

The UTHSC Impact Awards
December 10th, 2021 | 12pm CDT

The Office of Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity will host the first UTHSC Impact Awards virtually on Friday, December 10th at 12pm CDT. Awards to be announced will be the Lichterman Award, the Chancellor's Exempt Staff Award, the Student Social Justice and Diversity Healthcare Leadership Award, and the new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Faculty Award.


Book Club | Sitting Pretty
December 9th, 2021 | 12:00 PM CDT to 1:00 PM CDT

Join the Diversity and Inclusion Book Club virtual discussion of Sitting Pretty by Rebekkah Taussig on December 9th at noon. Zoom link will be sent out via the inclusion listserv. 

 

 

 

 

Oct 17, 2023