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IUSM celebrates Diversity Week Jan 22-24

Jan. 16, 2014

The IU School of Medicine’s 12th annual Diversity Week Speakers Series, "Revitalizing Diversity," will kick off Wednesday, Jan. 22, with a pediatric grand rounds presentation and keynote address by Marc Nivet, Ed.D., chief diversity officer for the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Marc Nivet

Mark Nivet, Ed.D.

Dr. Nivet will present "Pediatric Grand Rounds: Diversity as a Vital Component of Health Systems Change" from 8 to 9 a.m. in the Riley Outpatient Center Auditorium, followed by a keynote address from noon to 1 p.m. in Emerson Hall, Room 304. Dr. Nivet’s keynote presentation is titled "Diversity 3.0."

Dr. Nivet provides strategic vision and programmatic leadership around diversity and inclusion at AAMC. Through his advising, lectures and writing, he has worked to reframe the narrative around diversity, positioning it as a driver of excellence and highlighting the link between community engagement and health equity. He encourages audiences to elevate diversity out of its silo and into the company of talent management and strategic planning to transform organizations and, ultimately, communities. In the context of academic medicine, this means making diversity core to the overall mission of better health outcomes for all.

He is a member of the NIH National Advisory General Medical Sciences Council, Arnold P. Gold Foundation Board of Trustees, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Advisory Committee, Beyond Flexner Advisory Council and the Centers for Disease Control Medical College Roundtable.

Additional Diversity Week dates and speakers are:

Sheryl Allen, M.D.

Sheryl Allen, M.D.

Jan. 23: Sheryl Allen, M.D., associate professor of clinical emergency medicine and pediatrics and associate dean for medical student affairs at the IU School of Medicine, will deliver a "Stepping Stones of Women in Leadership Presentation" from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, in Fairbanks Hall, Room 1109.

The co-investigator on an R-01 Maternal Child Health Grant that examined safety and injury prevention in Head Start Programs, Dr. Allen’s primary research interests involve under-served populations. Prior to her role with medical student affairs, she served as assistant dean in diversity affairs at the IU School of Medicine. Her work has appeared in "Contemporary Pediatrics," "Clinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine" and the "Journal of the National Medical Association." She is a gardate of the IU School of Medicine.

Jan. 23: Maria Herrera, M.D., a pediatric resident at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, will moderate the "From Here to There: An Alumni Panel Discussion" from noon to 1 p.m. at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute, Room 103. Dr. Herrera is a 2013 graduate of the IU School of Medicine and currently a resident at IU Health. Born in Guatemala, Dr. Herrera and her family moved to Miami when was five years old. She is primarily interested in working with underserved minority populations.

Jan. 24: Abideen Yekinni, M.D., assistant clinical professor of otolaryngology – head and neck surgery at the IU School of Medicine, will present "Medicine Grand Rounds: My Journey" from noon to 1 p.m. in Emerson Hall, Room 304. A native of Nigeria, Dr. Yekinni completed his undergraduate degree, medical degree, and residency at IU and the IU School of Medicine.

In addition, Diversity Week will host a networking reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, in Fairbanks Hall, first floor lobby, as part of the event's "Alumni Day."

The Diversity Week Speaker Series was established by an IU School of Medicine student in 2003 as a way to focus attention to the issues of diversity in medical education, including disparities in health care access, infant mortality rates and the lack of underrepresented minorities in U.S. medical schools and in practice. The program aims to create an open and honest dialogue between minority and non-minority students, faculty, community leaders and patients.

All events are free and open to the IU School of Medicine and IUPUI community. Continuing Medical Education credits will be available. Registration is encouraged and lunch will be served.

Diversity Week is sponsored by the IU School of Medicine Diversity Council and the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development.

To RSVP for these events, visit the IUSM Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development.

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