A Robust Year for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Published on 21 January 2019

The unveiling of the new Multicultural Center in August 2018 was just the beginning of an exciting year full of new programming and immersive events that encourage the campus community to grow their understanding of the rich diversity in our local and global community.

Diversity Week 2018

In September, St. Louis College of Pharmacy partnered with Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College to bring the Washington University Medical Campus community together for Diversity Week. Keeping with the theme of the week, “Be Aware of Your Unaware,” programming was created to inspire conversations on the Washington University Medical Campus that explore how organizational and personal biases contribute to health care disparities and how to mitigate those biases to be better patient advocates and positively impact health care and medicine.

Programing included several lectures on topics from “Health Equity and Ecosystems” to “Moral Distress in Healthcare.” The Campus Leaders Panel titled “How Addressing Bias Contributes to Diversity and Inclusion and Organizational Values,” featured several prominent leaders from the Washington University Medical Campus community, including Bob Cannon, Barnes-Jewish Hospital president and BJC group president; Nancy Ridenour, Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College president and the Maxine Clark and Bob Fox Dean and Professor; David Perlmutter, Washington University School of Medicine executive vice chancellor for medical affairs and dean; Bruce Canaday, dean of pharmacy at the College; and Joan Magruder, St. Louis Children’s Hospital president and BJC group president. The week concluded with a film screening and diversity fair.

Progressive Ice Cream Social

The office partnered with the American Sign Language student group in October for a fun and interactive ice cream social that encouraged participants to visit information booths from a variety of advocacy organizations for people with disabilities in the Greater St. Louis area. Each booth had different toppings for students to build their upside-down sundaes. In addition, Amy Tiemeier, Pharm.D., BCPS, associate professor of pharmacy practice, director of community partnerships and associate director of experiential education, hosted an interactive booth featuring disability awareness activities.

Tunnel of Oppression

Also in October, the office hosted its first Tunnel of Oppression. The Tunnel of Oppression has been implemented nationally since the mid-1990s and is an interactive and immersive experience in which participants walk through different spaces designed to display the various forms of oppression people face today. The Tunnel of Oppression was open to groups and individuals to encourage participants to gain a new perspective alongside the members of the campus community.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

With students back on campus and a new semester ahead, the office kicks off its spring programming with a Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and Celebration. In partnership with the Liberal Arts Convocations series, the office will bring Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist Mumu Fresh to campus for a convocation concert, followed by a catered luncheon featuring a collective reading of Dr. King’s speech “The Other America.”

The programming hosted by the office has been a highlight on campus, bringing the College closer to achieving its mission of providing an inclusive, supportive and enriching environment for growth, learning and leadership to prepare students, residents, faculty, staff and alumni to positively impact patients and society.

Check out photos from the open house of the new Multicultural Center!

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