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New Grand Rounds Series Offers a Look at Race, Gender, and Disability through a Health Humanities and Equity Lens

Thursday, September 30, 2021

The URSMD Office of Equity and Inclusion in partnership with the Division of Medical Humanities & Bioethics and the Paul M. Schyve, MD Center for Bioethics will launch a new virtual series on diversity in medicine. The series will take a Biopsychosocial (BPS) approach to understand how race, gender, and disability are culturally and socially constructed identities and categories with profound impacts on the health of populations and individuals over generations.

This virtual series aims to:

  • Contextualize the social and cultural history of race, gender, and disability
  • Explore their impacts on the health of individuals and communities
  • Recognize researchers, clinicians and community organizations that are making measurable change within healthcare systems and within Rochester communities
  • Empower attendees to commit to an actionable change they can make to improve health in their community

Pre-registration is required.

*CME/CNE credits available

October 14 - 12:00-1:00 p.m. - Session 1: “Race and Medicine: Historical and Cultural Context.” Guest lecturer and award-winning author Dorothy Roberts, JD will join us virtually to discuss her book, “Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-First Century.” Roberts, also an activist and scholar, documents the rise of “a new racial politics that relies on re-inventing the political system of race as a biological category written in our genes”.

November 18 - 12:00-1:00 p.m. - Session 2: “Race and Medicine: Rochester Impact.” We’ll explore the impact on local healthcare, treatment, research for practitioners, and patient experiences using personal narratives.

December 16 - 12:00-1:00 p.m. - Session 3: “Race and Medicine: Call to Action.” Hear examples of concrete solutions that are currently underway in Rochester and how attendees can get involved.

Three PhD Students Honored with SMD Equity and Inclusion Award

Monday, September 27, 2021

URMC Diversity Award winners - 2021

From left to right: Raven Osborn, PhD candidate in Translational Biomedical Sciences, Katherine Andersh, PhD candidate in Neuroscience, and Briaunna Minor, PhD candidate in Microbiology,  received the 2021 Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Equity and Inclusion during SMD Opening Convocation on Sept. 20.

The School of Medicine and Dentistry (SMD) welcomed students, honored excellence, and marked the official start of a new academic year with Opening Convocation held on Sept. 20.

“Convocation is a time when we come together to celebrate the many accomplishments of our School of Medicine and Dentistry faculty and learners,” said Mark Taubman, M.D., Ph.D., CEO of URMC, and Dean of SMD. “The individuals we recognize today are a testament to the superb teaching and mentoring, top-notch research, outstanding academic performances, and excellence in patient care and community service that occurs in our School day in and day out.”

This year’s event marked the first time honoring students with the new Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Equity and Inclusion. Established in 2021, this award recognizes an SMD student or student group for outstanding effort in advancing equity and inclusion. Nominees must demonstrate a sustained passion for and commitment to promoting equity and inclusion through their research, institutional, administrative, and/or other service-related efforts. It is expected that nominees’ efforts show a demonstrated impact upon the communities they serve.

In its inaugural year, this award was given to Raven Osborn, Katherine Andersh, and Briaunna Minor, all PhD students and executive board members of the University’s Alliance for Diversity in Science and Engineering (ADSE).

Over the past year, they have been instrumental in advocating for a more welcoming and inclusive learning environment across the Medical Center and the University by leading the charge with the graduate student addendum to the Actions Speak Louder demands.

“They demonstrate their tremendous courage and commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion with their willingness to publicly challenge the status quo and hold institutional leadership accountable,” says Rick Libby, PhD, senior associate dean for Graduate Education and Post-Doctoral Affairs.

Osborn, president of ADSE and a PhD candidate in Translational Biomedical Sciences, says the public acknowledgment is great, but what’s even better is knowing the lasting effect the program’s work will have on the University.

“Honestly, the programs and the institutional changes that are coming out of the work are really the rewards,” she says. "I care about my community. I care to make sure that people who come in who have a similar background as me, if they are good enough to get into Rochester...they can actually flourish as scientists."​

The mission of the ADSE is to increase the representation and visibility of underrepresented groups in the STEM fields. The goals are to connect scientists across our campus, showcase non-traditional career paths and minority experiences in academia, industry, government, and educate students at all levels about opportunities in STEM. 

On that same evening, the ADSE as a group received the URSMD Trainee Diversity Award, which recognizes the exceptional contributions and accomplishments of URSMD trainees (medical students, graduate students, residents, fellows, postdocs) who foster a diverse and inclusive SMD community.

Congratulations to Raven, Kate, and Briaunna!

How to Lead a Diverse Search for Faculty: Best Practices Toolkit Now Online

Saturday, September 11, 2021

A faculty recruitment best practices toolkit is now available online to help search committees consider DEI in the candidate recruitment process. The toolkit, which was a major focus of a Diversity in Faculty Recruitment Task Force led by Robert Dirksen, PhD, Colleen Fogarty, MD, MSc, Adrienne Morgan, PhD, and Katy Stevenson, offers advice on writing a job posting, advertising and networking, establishing a diverse search committee, and much more. There is also guidance on DEI statements, which are now required of all faculty candidates. The toolkit best practices will help department leaders develop the broadest, highest quality candidate pools as they recruit the newest additions to the faculty in the School of Medicine & Dentistry and in the School of Nursing.

The toolkit is one of many resources now available on the SMD Office of Academic Affairs website that align closely with the Medical Center’s Equity and Anti-Racism Action Plan (EARAP) and its five goals to build, recruit, engage, exemplify and engage in the work of being an anti-racist. Also available on the office’s website, under a recently added “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” section, is guidance for faculty on displaying personal pronouns on their URMC web profiles via the eCV platform, describing DEI accomplishments or goals during their annual reviews,  and highlighting their DEI activities for consideration during the promotions process.

“We’ve worked diligently to embed the values of the EARAP in our work,” says Jeffrey M. Lyness, M.D., senior associate dean for Academic Affairs. “We’re proud to support efforts to diversify our faculty, support faculty in pursuit of inclusive excellence, and give them the tools they need to achieve it.” 

The Office of Equity and Inclusion and the Office of Human Resources have worked closely with Academic Affairs throughout this process.  Adrienne Morgan, PhD, vice president of Equity and Inclusion at the University of Rochester Medical Center and senior associate dean for Equity & Inclusion, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry says, “The Office of Academic Affairs has been a great partner in helping us advance the work of making the Medical Center a place where people feel they can bring their whole selves and do their best work.”

Mark Taubman, MD, CEO of the Medical Center and dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry says these updates send a powerful message across the institution. “We’re giving faculty the supports they need to make meaningful change.” He adds, “It’s almost been a year since we put the EARAP into place. We’re proud of these accomplishments and it motivates us to achieve even more.”

Adoption of the faculty recruitment toolkit by departments will be facilitated by a new URMC faculty recruitment office in collaboration with the Office of Human Resources.  A search for the faculty recruitment office's first director is now in progress.

2021 URSMD Diversity Awards Announced

Monday, August 23, 2021

The School of Medicine and Dentistry Office of Equity and Inclusion is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Faculty and Trainee Diversity Awards.

Paula Cupertino, PhD, was selected as the 2021 URSMD Faculty Diversity Award recipient. Cupertino, a University of Rochester Medical Center professor of Public Health Sciences and Oncology and Wilmot Cancer Institute’s first associate director of Community Outreach, Engagement and Disparities was lauded for her research on health disparities in underserved and minority communities, primarily among Latinos and immigrants. Much of her work has been in tobacco control, improving smoking cessation and access to cessation treatments using a community-based approach.

The winner of the 2021 URSMD Trainee Diversity Award is the Rochester Chapter of the Alliance for Diversity in Science and Engineering. The mission of the national ADSE, which was founded in 2014, is to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in academia, industry, and government through graduate student organizations that reach out to students and scientists of all ages and backgrounds.

“This year’s nominees come from different backgrounds but they have a shared vision of the Medical Center as a place where people feel welcomed and valued,” says Adrienne Morgan, PhD, vice president for Equity and Inclusion at the University of Rochester Medical Center and senior associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. “We consider Dr. Cupertino and the ADSE our partners in achieving inclusive excellence.”

Each year one faculty member and one trainee is recognized for exceptional efforts to foster a diverse and inclusive SMD community. Recipients will demonstrate their commitment through leadership in teaching, mentoring, programming, cultural competency and humility, community outreach activities, and/or other initiatives.

Forbes Ranks the University of Rochester Medical Center for Diversity

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

The University of Rochester Medical Center is included in Forbes' annual list of "America's Best Employers for Diversity." The list highlights 500 employers most identified by employees as being dedicated to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Those on the list have the most diverse boards, as well as the most proactive diversity and inclusion initiatives.

"This is an honor and a sign that, although there is much work to do, we're moving toward a more inclusive future," says Mark Taubman, MD, CEO, University of Rochester Medical Center and Dean, School of Medicine and Dentistry. Taubman adds, "The Equity and Anti-Racism Action Plan is our blueprint for making this institution the employer and healthcare provider of choice."

The magazine notes that more employers are promoting diversity on their websites. In fact, Forbes says 60 percent of those on the list address their initiatives online compared to 46 percent from last year at this time.

Read More: Forbes Ranks the University of Rochester Medical Center for Diversity

Blumoff Greenberg Named Interim Associate Dean

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Katherine Blumoff Greenberg, M.D.Katherine Blumoff Greenberg, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology and vice chair for diversity and development in the Department of Pediatrics in the University of Rochester Medical Center has been named interim associate dean for equity, diversity & inclusion for the Office of Equity & Inclusion at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

In her new role, Greenberg will be responsible for growing awareness and improving students, staff, and faculty capacities to address equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) issues and align strategic initiatives with the University's Office of Equity and Inclusion. Greenberg will report to Adrienne Morgan, associate vice president for equity and inclusion and senior associate dean for equity and inclusion at the School of Medicine and Dentistry (SMD).

"Dr. Greenberg has a heart for service and will be such an asset to the SMD Office of Equity and Inclusion," says Morgan. "She understands the critical role of diversity and inclusion in delivering the very best healthcare."

Greenberg will also be responsible for collaborating with University and Medical Center stakeholders to develop and carry out EDI initiatives that contribute to the institutional priorities laid out by Mercedes Ramírez Fernández, the University's Richard Feldman Vice President for Equity and Inclusion and chief diversity officer. Many of those initiatives will be informed by the Medical Center's Equity and Anti-racism Action Plan, including efforts to recruit and retain diverse faculty, postdoctoral fellows, staff, and learners.

"I am deeply honored to fill this leadership position. I have always been drawn to medical education, and to supporting trainees and junior faculty; positively impacting the earliest parts of trainees' careers can have lifelong implications," Greenberg says.

Greenberg is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University and earned her medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.