Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Embracing Diversity Series

The events in this series celebrate multiple dimensions of diversity and are designed to generate meaningful discussions about the benefits of diversity, equity and inclusion in healthcare professions. All NEOMED students, faculty and staff are invited to attend!

Spring 2022 Programs

Women’s History Month Film: RBG (2018)

March 17 at Noon in R-146 Meshel Hall

Explore the life and career of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, former Supreme Court Justice and gender equity activist. Light refreshments will be served.

Ticcing My Way Through Life: A Woman’s Journey with Tourette’s Syndrome

March 22 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in R-146 Meshel Hall

Please RSVP Here!

Britney Wolf is a 32 year old woman who was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome at age 7. Despite the stigmas, misunderstandings, and the ignorance, she chooses to see the positive side of what this disorder does to her and what it has brought into her life. She has spent years spreading awareness and education about what Tourette Syndrome really is and how it isn’t what most movies and television portray it to be. With videos, social media, and speaking engagements, Britney has been able to reach audiences all across the country while teaching them about a disorder that is often just used as a punch line in a film.

For this event, Britney will be discussing some of her personal stories of living with Tourette Syndrome. She will share what it was like to be diagnosed at a young age, what the tics felt like when she first noticed them happening, and how they have progressed over the years. With vulnerability and a personal touch, she will be able to explain how to best deal with a patient who might have Tourette Syndrome and how having a doctor who believes them and how getting the diagnosis can make a huge difference in a patient’s life.

Multicultural Festival

April 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the NEW Center Ballroom

NEOMED is bringing back the Annual Multicultural Festival with the help of the University Diversity Council. Ticket sales information will be available soon.

To sign up to host a booth representing your culture, please fill out this form to let us know! Due to space, we are requesting a maximum of three people per booth. Booth participants are permitted to bring in and serve a dessert at their booth. More information is available on the form. Deadline to sign up for a booth is March 18, 2022.

Help us plan our menu! If you would like to submit a recipe for the committee to consider serving at the event, please use the link here to do so! Deadline for recipe submission is March 9, 2022.

If you are interested in performing during the event, please fill out this form! Deadline for performance sign up is March 18, 2022.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Presents: PurpLE Heath Foundation, Recognizing DV, SA, & Trafficking in Clinical Settings

April 19 at noon via Zoom

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Anita Ravi, MD, MPH, MSHP, FAAFP, is a board-certified family medicine physician, public health scientist, and nationally recognized expert in the areas of gender-based violence and trauma-informed care. Dr. Ravi is the CEO and co-founder of PurpLE Health Foundation (PHF), a non-profit organization that invests in the physical, mental and financial health of women and girls who have experienced gender-based violence. She is also the owner of PurpLE Family Health, a PHF-affiliated medical practice that provides comprehensive healthcare and employment opportunities for survivors. Dr. Ravi has authored multiple peer-reviewed publications and illustrated articles in the areas of trauma-informed care, human trafficking, and healthcare delivery in under-resourced settings, and serves on several national committees to advance health equity, including the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance’s Advancing Equity and Inclusion Technical Working Group.  She was recognized as a 2021 “40 Under 40” Leader in Minority Health by the National Minority Quality Forum and was selected as a 2022 Presidential Leadership Scholar.  Dr. Ravi regularly writes, draws, and speaks at events across the country about how the healthcare system must radically change to meet the needs of people who have been systematically marginalized.  She is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, received her Medical Degree from the University of Michigan School of Medicine, her Masters in Public Health from Yale University, her Masters in Health Policy research from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and is a graduate of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Veterans Affairs Clinical Scholars Fellowship Program.

Diversity Training Series: Understanding Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

April 26 at noon via Zoom

Register here!

Join NEOMED and our highly requested encore session with Dr. Jeannette E. South-Paul. Dr. South-Paul is a sought after speaker by academic, clinical and community organizations as well as health industry groups who are seeking perspectives on health disparities, workforce diversity, leadership and racial and social justice.

Title IX Workshop Series

January 11 from 1:00-2:30pm | Virtual Event |

February 17 from 9:00-10:30am | Virtual Event |

March 9 from 12:00 to 1:30pm | Virtual Event | Reservations are Required 

April 29 from 10:00 to 11:30am | Virtual Event | Reservations are Required 

May 23 from 2:00 to 3:30pm | Virtual Event | Reservations are Required 

Please join Molly O’Malley to take a deeper dive into Title IX Regulations and how they impact each of us at NEOMED. In August 2020, the U.S. Department of Education’s new Title IX regulations took effect. Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex ― including harassment ― in education programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance. Ms. O’Malley will go over the new regulations in detail including the reporting process, investigation process, and the live hearing. There will also be provided scenarios and opportunities for participants to discuss what they would do in certain situations as well as understanding how to be a bystander. We will also discuss roles in reporting and how to bridge discussions if someone discloses to you.

In order to make sure everyone on campus is aware of the current regulations and policies by which all students, faculty and staff must abide, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is requiring all faculty and staff to attend a live Title IX workshop with Title IX coordinator, Molly O’Malley. Students are not required to attend the live session due to the online Title IX training requirements already in place, but they are strongly encouraged and welcome to attend the workshops.

Fall 2021 & Spring 2022  Events Highlights

Dr. Brant Lee – Overview of the United States and the call for Equity

Wednesday, September 1 from 12:00-1:30pm

Professor Lee will discuss why race is so hard to talk about. He’ll lay out a historical perspective on how law in the United States created inequality, focusing in particular on disparities in health and wealth. And he’ll add a personal note, from the perspective of his own Chinese ancestry, on how Asian Americans figure into this discussion of race and the law.  Brant Lee earned a B.A. from The University of California at Berkeley and both J.D. and Master of Public Policy degrees from Harvard University. Prior to joining the University Akron Law faculty, Professor Lee worked as an attorney in private practice in San Francisco, served as Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, and briefly served as acting Deputy Staff Secretary and Special Assistant to the President in the White House. He currently serves as Chair of the Akron Civil Rights Commission and Co-Director of the Akron Law PLUS (Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars) Program, a diversity pipeline program funded by the Law School Admission Council.

Diagnosing the USA’s Demography: El vigor de los Hispanos en Estados Unidos.

Thursday, September 9 from 6:30-8:00pm

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month 2021, join us for an interactive, informative discussion, with lively conversation to follow. Current students, faculty and staff, partner institutions constituents, prospective students, community members, and other friends of NEOMED- Essentially, everyone is invited and encouraged to attend!

Latin America Travel Fair

Wednesday, October 6th – 12:00-2:00pm @ NEW Center Watanakunakorn Atrium

Experience the cultura of 5 of the many Hispanic/Latino countries represented by our students on campus. There will be food, giveaways, raffles and a piñata! See also the attached graphic.

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Employee Safe Space Training

Faculty & Staff Only Session: Tuesday, October 19 from 12:00-1:30pm

Sexual orientation is an important component of the University’s definition of diversity. To further Northeast Ohio Medical University’s commitment to creating a diverse and welcoming environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) students, faculty, staff and guests, the University launched an initiative called SafeSpace in 2013. The SafeSpace initiative is designed to provide dedicated resources to members of the LGBTQ community at NEOMED, their allies, family, and friends. Faculty and staff understanding LGBTQ students’ needs and developmental processes can greatly help them flourish at NEOMED. Event will be held in Meshel Hall, room R-146. 

Dia de Los Muertos

Monday, October 25 – Monday, November 1 In the NEOMED Inclusivity Center

 Please join us in celebrating the Mexican holiday Día de Muertos. We invite the NEOMED community to bring a photo of a loved one and/or a small memento to display on the ‘Ofrenda’ as we remember our family and friends who are no longer with us. Día de Muertos is a celebration of life. Photos and mementos can be dropped off at the Inclusivity Center any time during the week but must be retrieved by November 2 at noon.

Visit the Inclusivity Center between 11:00am -1:00pm on November 1 to celebrate with pan y chocolate.

Want to know more about Día de Muertos? Check out this video! “What is the Day of the Dead?” National Geographic (2:06)

Title IX Workshop Series

  • Oct. 20,  12-1:30 p.m. | Virtual
  • Nov. 15, 12-1:30 p.m. | Virtual
  • Dec. 3, 12-1:30 p.m. | Virtual

Please join Molly O’Malley to take a deeper dive into Title IX Regulations and how they impact each of us at NEOMED. In August 2020, the U.S. Department of Education’s new Title IX regulations took effect. Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex ― including harassment ― in education programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance. Ms. O’Malley will go over the new regulations in detail including the reporting process, investigation process, and the live hearing. There will also be provided scenarios and opportunities for participants to discuss what they would do in certain situations as well as understanding how to be a bystander. We will also discuss roles in reporting and how to bridge discussions if someone discloses to you.

MLK Day of Service

NEOMED will be participating in a personal item and cleaning item drive to benefit Skeels-Matthews. You can find out more information on the location of drop boxes and what items are most needed by visiting our MLK Day of Service Page.

Diversity Training Series

Monday, January 31 at noon via Zoom

Join us for a training event with Dr. Jeannette E. South-Paul. Dr. South-Paul is a sought after speaker by academic, clinical and community organizations as well as health industry groups who are seeking perspectives on health disparities, workforce diversity, leadership and racial and social justice.

Black History Month Speaker: Avery Ware

Tuesday, February 1 from noon-1:30 p.m. in Olson Auditorium

Avery (He/They) is a writer and educator from Lorain, Ohio. He is an adjunct professor of American History. Avery’s research, writing, and teaching interests include a Black-queering of history by interrogating social inequalities and systemic injustices throughout U.S. history, Black queer feminism, the socio-political foundations and application of the politics of desire, and popular & visual culture.
Avery is also the cohost of the podcast Drag From The Left.
Through his teaching, writing, and podcasting, Avery is dedicated to a liberatory pedagogy that centers on the voices and experiences of marginalized groups that have historically been silenced.
He holds a MA in American Studies from Youngstown State University and a BA in Sociology from the University of Akron. Learn more about Avery.

Lunar New Year

February 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Watanakunakorn Atrium

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to join the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association this year’s Lunar New Year celebration! Feel free to stop by as your calendar allows to learn about Asian countries, participate in activities, and take a to-go box of specially curated food samples.

V-Week

February 14-18, various times and locations

V-Day, a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls is coming to NEOMED, brought to you by numerous student organizations, for a week of activities. Please sign up for the events in CampusGroups

February 14 at 12:15pm: CSWCS Presents Power Skills- Relationship Dynamics via Zoom & NEW 2016

February 15 at 5:30pm: Infant Mortality Workshop/Speaker

February 15 at 7:00pm: Contraception Options with Dr. Tiffany Rentsch via Zoom

February 16 at 6:00pm: Title IX Workshop with Molly O’Malley via Zoom

February 17 at 12:00pm: Scientista Goody Bag Handout SOLD OUT

Feburary 17 at 7:00pm: Body Combat Workshop at Sequoia

February 18 at 4:50pm: Women’s Health Workshop in the NEW Center

Contact

Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Phone: 330.325.6736
Email: diversity@neomed.edu

TITLE IX IS LAW

Employment and academic discrimination against any individual on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status is prohibited.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Northeast Ohio Medical University