Our first resident and fellow initiative is the Resident Advisory Group called UNITED (Uniting Numerous medIcal Trainees for Equity and Diversity). Currently hosting Mix and Mingle sessions for future residents at UMKC. Learn More about U.N.I.T.E.D.
Dr. Reaner and Mr. Henry 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. Join us or Donate to the endowment by visiting: Learn more about the Shannon Endowed Lecturership
Critical Mass Gathering (CMG)
The Critical Mass Gathering hosted its first entirely virtual event 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Latinos in Medicine (LIM) Mentoring
In partnership with Children's Mercy's Latinos in Medicine and UMKC's Avanzando, the School of Medicine has matched Latinx students with current Latinx medical professionals at Children's Mercy to provide mentorship, sponsorship, and lasting professional relationships. To learn more email Rachel McCommon: (email@example.com)
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.
– From the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
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 2020, the office name was updated to include Equity and now is named Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION OFFICE PRIORITIES
- 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.