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Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The mission of the School of Health Professions Office of the Director of Diversity (ODD) is to work collaboratively with faculty, staff, students, and other stakeholders to promote a broadened individual and collective understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion.  Our aim is to create a culture of inclusion and social justice within the School, by recognizing its diversity and addressing mechanisms of systemic bias that affect marginalized groups. The aim is to foster growth and advocacy for all members of the School. With support from leadership, the ODD advises and recommends policies, professional development, and pedagogical practices as is consistent with the mission of the SHP.

The School of Health Professions Celebrates Black History Month

Black History Month banner with silhouettes of people

The origins of Black History Month can be traced back to the early 20th century. In 1926, historian Carter G Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, announced the second week of February as Negro History Week. Negro History Week was officially recognized by the U.S. government in the 1970s when it was expanded to become Black History Month.

Black History Month serves as a springboard from which all members of our community can learn about, discuss, and celebrate the lives and experiences of Black people as well as the impact that black culture has had not only in the United States, but all across the world.

According to the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, this year’s Black History Month theme is African American and the Arts. For the next few weeks, the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Office will highlight various African American artists who have used art to preserve history and community memory as well as for empowerment.

In honor of Black History Month, the School of Health Professions DEI Office, the Office of Diversity and Intercultural and Community Engagement, and the Uniti Cultural Center will host a Health Professions Meet and Greet. This event will feature stories from Black and LatinX faculty, administrators, and clinicians in the health professions.