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June 2022

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!

May 2022

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month | The Tool Kit for Spreading Eracism Like a Virus 

Wednesday, May 18th 12:00pm to 1:00pm CDT | Freeman Auditorium

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. Register Here!

April 2022

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.  

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. 

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

February 2022 

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. 

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. 

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. 

December 2021

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. Please follow the Zoom registration link to attend and celebrate colleagues and students! .

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. 

November 2021

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. 

October 2021

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

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 with your name and classification (student, staff, faculty, or trainee). One winner will be chosen per classification.

Book Club | Being Mortal 

October 14th | 12:00 PM CDT to 1:00 PM CDT

Join the Diversity and Inclusion Book Club virtual discussion of Being Mortal by Atul Gawande on October 14th at noon. Zoom link will be sent out via the inclusion listserv. 

September 2021

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), reserarch regarding Spanish culturaes 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!

August 2021

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. 

June 2021

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 Instagramare available to give better insight to the discussion. 

Pride Zoom Backgrounds

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

April 2021

Trauma-Informed Yoga

April 14th, 12pm to 1pm
The Office of Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity, in partnership with Block and Bulster, will be offering a Trauma-informed Yoga class.  Registration is closed. 

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,, for enrollment. 

March 2021

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. 

February 2021

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. Feel free to come and go from this virtual event as you can.

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

Jun 1, 2022