U.N.I.T.E.D. Currently Seeking New Members for 2020-2021
Our first resident and fellow initiative is to create a Resident Advisory Group called UNITED (Uniting Numerous medIcal Trainees for Equity and Diversity). Learn More about U.N.I.T.E.D.
Shannon Endowed Lectureship
The UMKC School of Medicine's annual Dr. Reaner and Mr. Henry Shannon Endowed Lectureship in Minority Health was developed to create awareness about health disparities hosted each February during Black History Month. (Pictured: 2020 speaker Dr. Meena Singh, M.D. Medical Director, KMC Hair Center) Learn more about the Shannon Endowed Lecturership
Critical Mass Gathering (CMG)
2020 Marks the XV year of the Critical Mass Gathering Hosted virtually on October 10-11 with our partners Kansas Medical Center and Kansas City University of Medical and Biosciences for Underrepresented Minorities in Medicine to collaborate, grow, and strengthen their journey through medical school. Interested please email Rachel McCommon (email@example.com) for more information.
DEI Office Mission
Strategically infuse equity, diversity, and inclusive excellence into all aspects of the School of Medicine to improve access, sense of belonging, teaching, curriculum and research, community engagement, and the success of all administrators, faculty, staff, residents, and students those connected to the UMKC community.
Welcome to the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The School of Medicine believes that a vibrant and diverse institutional climate is essential to the medical education and work environment, both promoting a culture of inclusion and the ability to effectively deliver healthcare in diverse communities. We want all faculty, staff, trainees, and students to feel safe, valued, and represented in the School of Medicine. As part of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) we value and address the importance of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in supporting the retention, persistence, and success of the historically marginalized (race and gender binary identities) and underrepresented populations (first generation college student, first generation medical student, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, differently abled, military, ethnicity, non-traditional students, age, socio-economic status and other identity intersections) in the UMKC School of Medicine.
Educational Resources will be available here on our website in the coming months on topics like Pronouns, Anti-Racism, LGBTQ+, and understanding culture and identities.
Our Office History
The School of Medicine established an office of diversity in October 1980. Since its inception, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion has worked closely with students, faculty and staff to develop and promote programs and initiatives that support an inclusive environment. In 2019, the office expanded its support to include medical residents and fellows as supported identities with a new initiative called UNITED. In 2020, the office name was updated to include Equity and now is named Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
- Promote policies, initiatives and resources that build an environment and community of success for all diverse faculty, staff, trainees, and students, with special attention to underrepresented populations in medicine and at UMKC.
- Increase the diversity of our faculty, staff, trainees, and student population through recruitment, retention and success programs.
- Strengthen connections between the School of Medicine and the community in which it serves through service learning, research and/or other opportunities for collaboration.
- Encourage initiatives that promote cultural competency in teaching, learning and healthcare delivery.