Summary Report: July 2011-June 2012

Summary Report: July 2011-June 2012

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SOM Diversity Committee

The School of Medicine (SOM) Diversity Committee will have the responsibility of advising/assisting the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, in identifying the best ways in which the school can meet its diversity goals, in determining what those goals should be, and at times in accomplishing or in assisting in the accomplishment of these goals. (April 2009)

Representation of Committee

The SOM Diversity Committee is made up of faculty, staff, residents, and students who represent clinical, basic science, and administrative units within the SOM. Additionally, a representative from the Dental School is actively involved to facilitate cooperative multidisciplinary activities.

Culture Competency Symposium

The annual Cultural Competency Symposium was presented on November 3,2011. The Symposium is a required curricular learning experience for the first-year medical students. It is also attended by the second-year dental students and the third- and fourth-year dental hygiene students. All University faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend. As in past years, the students plan the event with the support of faculty advisors. The evaluations of the program were positive and are used in planning future programs. The planning committee for the 2012 symposium has met and program will be finalized soon. The meeting will be held on September 27, 2012.

University Diversity Training

The Office of the Provost sponsored an all-day diversity training workshop for the Diversity Committee Chairs on March 22, 2012. The program will be offered to faculty and staff at a later date. The program encourages faculty and staff to create an inclusive environment where all can feel welcome on our campuses.

Council on Post-secondary Education and the University of Louisville Diversity Plan

In August 2011, the Office of the Provost hosted a University-wide retreat to discuss the new diversity plan mandate put forward by the Council on Post-secondary Education (CPE) and to present the University’s plan to address the mandate. The CPE identified eight priorities with four additional areas of lesser importance. Dr. Michael Anthony and Mr. Brian Buford have been appointed to lead the effort and each University unit was assigned to one of the leaders to assist in the development of the individual unit’s plan. The SOM was assigned to Mr. Buford. In the current phase, baseline data are being collected and strategies for meeting the goals of the CPE are being developed. The University diversity leadership has developed a Diversity Planning Score Card as a tool to assist units in setting goals and evaluating progress. The Scorecard will be submitted annually, in the late spring. The target date for full implementation is 2015. Please refer to the SOM Diversity Scorecard and the Appendix for more details.

CPE Goals for Addressing State-wide Diversity in Higher Education

Priority Goals

  • CPE Goal 1: Undergraduate Student Enrollment
  • CPE Goal 2: Graduate Student Enrollment
  • CPE Goal 3: 1st Year to 2nd Year Retention Based on GRS
  • CPE Goal 4: 1st Year to 3rd Year Retention Based on GRS
  • CPE Goal 5: Degrees Awarded
  • CPE Goal 6: Executive / Administrative/ Managerial
  • CPE Goal 7: Faculty (All Ranks Including Lecturer)
  • CPE Goal 8: Professional Non-Faculty

Secondary Goals

  • Unit Climate
  • Sustainability
  • Community Engagement
  • Study Abroad

Career Day

Based on a model previous used by Dr. Fernanda Nota and Dr. Rafael Fernandez-Botran for Hispanic Career Day, plans are underway to reach out to middle and high school student to other under-represented minority groups to foster excitement in learning about the sciences and to encourage preparation for careers in health sciences professions. One area school that has expressed an interest in the program is the Nativity Academy, which serves low-income families who are predominately African American. The Career Day program, now led by Dr. Fernandez-Botran, includes hands-on experiences in labs on campus. Graduate and post-graduate students are encouraged to participate in planning and implementing the program. The program will be offered for the students at the Nativity Academy in the fall of 2012. Programs like this are essential to meet our goals of increasing representation of students from minority and under-served populations. The Hispanic Career Day offered in the past for the Adelante! Hispanic Achievers was well-received by the students. Other partnerships in the community are being explored.

National Hispanic Medical Association Leadership Fellowship

Dr. Fernanda Nota, Department of Pediatrics, was accepted for the 2012-2013 National Hispanic Medical Association Leadership Fellowship. It is a one year fellowship for Hispanic physicians focused on skill development to become a leader in implementing programs that will improve the health of Hispanics.

National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science (GEM)

The University of Louisville is now a member of the National GEM Consortium. The Consortium is a nonprofit organization formed in 1976 whose mission is to enhance the value of the nation’s human capital by increasing the participation of underrepresented groups at the master’s and doctoral levels in the engineering and science.

Suggested Future Diversity Committee Activity

It has been suggested that there be a Room of Reflection on the HCS campus. To date, funding is being sought, but none have been committed.

Support for Diversity Committee

The committee currently has no staff support. Staff is needed to take minutes at the monthly meeting and for additional clerical activities. Additionally, a website has been developed.