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Nov. 16: “Flavors of advocacy: Harnessing your Strengths for Social Justice”

The College of Medicine and Life Sciences Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosted a Language of Diversity lecture on Nov. 16, 2021.

Dr. Vibha Gupta presented "Flavors of advocacy: Harnessing your Strengths for Social Justice."

Dr. Gupta is the executive director and founder of No Immigrants No Spice (NINS), a nonprofit focused on flipping the narrative and shining a light on the contributions of immigrants to our collective culture. Using food as a vector for storytelling, NINS elevates the voices of immigrants and generates funds for direct legal aid and advocacy. Dr. Gupta is an Emergency Medicine Physician at Kaiser Permanente Oakland and Richmond Medical Centers in California.

 


Oct. 20: “The Power of Allyship: Affirming Trans and Non-Binary Patients”

The College of Medicine and Life Sciences Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosted a Language of Diversity lecture on Oct. 20, 2021, as part of our celebration of LGBTQ History Month.

Danielle Lutman presented "The Power of Allyship: Affirming Trans and Non-Binary Patients."

Danielle (she/her/hers) is Program Manager for Gender Equity Student Initiatives in the Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women and the LGBTQA+ Liaison for the UToledo Office of Diversity & Inclusion.

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Sept. 29: “Consider Intersectionality: Caring for Latinx and LGTBQ+ Individuals”

The College of Medicine and Life Sciences Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosted a Language of Diversity lecture on Sept. 29, 2021.

Elijah Jones, MSW, LISW-S, LICDC, ACSW, CCTP, CDP, presented "Consider Intersectionality: Caring for Latinx and LGTBQ+ Individuals."

Elijah is a social worker, inclusive leader, educator, and solutionist. A proud graduate of the University of Toledo, he currently works for the Mental Health & Recovery Services Board of Lucas County as the Manager of Treatment Services.


Aug. 24: “Microaggressions in Medicine” Diversity Panel

The College of Medicine and Life Sciences Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosted "Microaggressions in Medicine" on August 24, 2021.

We debuted our mini documentary on microaggressions featuring our own UTCOMLS students and faculty members. We listened to their stories and followed up with a panel discussion to further explore how we can create a better learning and clinical environment for all.

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June 28: “Celebrating the Legacy of Black Women in Medicine”

The College of Medicine and Life Sciences Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosted "Celebrating the Legacy of Black Women in Medicine" on June 28.

The lecture was presented by Dr. Sharon T. Thomas, Associate Program Director for the Pediatric Residency Program and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine physician at Russell J. Ebeid Children's Hospital.

 


June 16: “Transform the Table”

The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences Alumni Affiliate hosted a second webinar in our series, Transform the Table - UToledo Diversity in Action, on June 16.

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May 12: “The Fight Against Food Insecurity”

The College of Medicine and Life Sciences Office of Diversity and Inclusion presented "The Fight Against Food Insecurity: Supporting & Getting Involved in our Campus Community" on May 12.

Learn how to support the efforts of The University of Toledo Food Pantries that are working to address student food insecurity. The Distinguished Speaker is Benjamin R. Weiner, Interim Associate Director of the Office of Student Involvement & Leadership.

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March 25: “Faith Matters”

The College of Medicine and Life Sciences Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosted an Interfaith Panel: “Faith Matters” on March 25, 2021.

This long-awaited discussion looked at the importance of faith in our healthcare providers' lives and the patients we serve. This panel will consist of physicians and students who share their reflections on how faith has impacted their personal, academic, and professional journeys.


Feb. 17: “The Road Less Traveled”

The College of Medicine and Life Sciences Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosted "The Road Less Traveled" Diversity Lecture on Feb. 17, 2021.

Dr. Courtney Fitzhugh, Lasker Clinical Research Scholar at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, is the distinguished keynote speaker in honor of Black History Month.

Dr. Courtney Fitzhugh received her B.S. magna cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1996, and her M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco in 2001. During medical school, Dr. Fitzhugh participated in the NIH Clinical Research Training Program, where she studied with Dr. John Tisdale at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).

After receiving her M.D., Dr. Fitzhugh completed a joint residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at Duke University Medical Center, and in 2005 she did a combined adult hematology and pediatric hematology-oncology fellowship at the NIH and Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Dr. Fitzhugh returned to the NHLBI in 2007 and was appointed as Assistant Clinical Investigator in 2012 and Clinical Tenure Track Investigator in 2016. She is a member of the American Society of Hematology.


Jan. 27: “More than a White Coat: Healing the Well-Being of a Nation”

The College of Medicine and Life Sciences Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosted a Language of Diversity lecture on Jan. 27, 2021.

Ashley A. Futrell, Esq., presented the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Lecture, titled "More than a White Coat: Healing the Well-Being of a Nation."

Ashley is an Attorney at Law at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, in Toledo, Ohio. An established litigator and counselor, she represents clients of all sizes on complex litigation, labor and employment, and white collar matters.

Ashley is a former Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Ohio, where she investigated and prosecuted federal crimes, including public corruption and white collar cases. She served as a point of contact for federal and state agencies on federal crimes.

Ashley began her law career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, where she investigated and prosecuted all phases of misdemeanor and felony cases and represented New York County in criminal hearings and trials.

Before law school, Ashley served as a senior staff member on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., where she advised several Members of Congress on a wide variety of legislative issues. She also worked to secure federal funding for urban parks and conservation and built national coalitions for national conservation organizations.

Ashley is a leader in her community. In 2019, she was the recipient of Toledo's 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition Award. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Toledo Bar Association, the Toledo Opera, United Way of Greater Toledo's Women's Initiative, Leadership Toledo, and the Toledo Alliance for the Performing Arts (a merger of the Toledo Symphony and Toledo Ballet), as well as a former board member of Junior League of Toledo. Ashley is also a member of the Toledo Chapter of The Links, Incorporated and the International Women's Forum.

Ashley received her B.A. in Law and Society from American University, her M.A. from Johns Hopkins University and her J.D. from Howard University School of Law.


Dec. 8: “LGBTQA+ Allyship for Healthcare Professionals”

The College of Medicine and Life Sciences Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosted LGBTQA+ Allyship for Healthcare Professionals on Dec. 8.

Danielle Stamper, LGBTQA+ Liaison in the UToledo Office of Diversity & Inclusion, presented on LGBTQA+ terminology and disparities/best practices in healthcare. The presentation concluded with a Q&A.

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Nov. 18: “Not Readily Accessible”

The College of Medicine and Life Sciences Office of Diversity and Inclusion presented “Not Readily Accessible” Language of Diversity Lecture with Kingsley Joseph on Nov. 18.

Kingsley Joseph, UToledo medical physics resident, shared insight on challenges faced and overcome while achieving his academic and professional goals. He explored obstacles encountered while living with a disability and shared ways we can promote equity, inclusion, and advocacy for underserved populations.


Nov. 4: Virtual GME Open House – “Achieving a diverse, inclusive culture and high levels of wellbeing”

The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences Offices of Graduate Medical Education (GME) and Diversity and Inclusion presented this special open house.

This event provided current medical students an overview of GME at UToledo. Hear about the UToledo approach to maintaining a diverse, inclusive and supportive environment. Hear from current residents in virtual panel discussion between residents and the student audience.


Sept. 29: “Women of Color and the Myth of the Superwoman”

The College of Medicine and Life Sciences Office of Diversity and Inclusion held "Women of Color and the Myth of the Superwoman" on Tuesday, Sept. 29, via WebEx. 

This event covered views on stress, strength, resilience, wellness and medical myths. Panelists on the roundtable were: Dr. Elysia James, Dr. Brandy Wright, Dr. Kimberly Jenkins and Malaika Bell.


Sept. 22: “Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration: Reflection and Challenges on my Journey”

The College of Medicine and Life Sciences Office of Diversity and Inclusion and La Asociacion Hispana para la Salud (Hispanic Health Association) held "Reflection and Challenges on my Journey" on Tuesday, Sept. 22. Part of the Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration, the event featured guest speaker Dr. Juan Carlos Jaume, professor and Chief of Endocrinology in the Department of Medicine. 

National Hispanic Heritage Month is a period from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 in the United States for recognizing the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the U.S.


Race, Law, Medicine: A conversation on Social Justice and Health Equity

Aug. 25: “Race, Law, Medicine: A conversation on Social Justice and Health Equity”

The College of Medicine and Life Sciences Office of Diversity and Inclusion held "Race, Law, Medicine: A conversation on Social Justice and Health Equity" on Tuesday, August 25. Presented by Professor Ben Davis, College of Law, this lecture is part of the Language of Diversity: Distinguished Lecture Series. Professor Davis spoke with Vernellia R. Randall, Professor Emeritus of the University of Dayton School of Law. Professor Randall writes extensively on and speaks internationally about race, women, and healthcare.


July 7: “From Dialogue to Action: The Strategic Plan for Diversity and Inclusion”

The College of Medicine and Life Sciences Office of Diversity and Inclusion held a Virtual Student Townhall on Tuesday, July 7. Titled “From Dialogue to Action: The Strategic Plan for Diversity and Inclusion,” this event will provide an open forum to discuss the Strategic Plan and make comments.

July 1: “Navigating Social Injustices Amidst a Pandemic”

The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences Office of Diversity and Inclusion, in collaboration with Toledo Public Schools Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, held a Virtual Roundtable on Wednesday, July 1, titled “Navigating Social Injustices Amidst a Pandemic.

Moderators:

Dr. Hope Bland, Toledo Public Schools-Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Department, Administrator on Special Assignment; Dr. Treva Jeffries, Toledo Public Schools-Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Department, Assistant Transformational Leader; and Dr. Kimberly Jenkins, Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, UToledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences.

Panelists:

Ashley Futrell, Esq., Attorney and Community Advocate; Bro. Washington Muhammad, Co Founder, Community Solidarity Response Network (CSRN); andDr. Darren Gordon, UToledo MD/PhD Candidate, Former National Speaker of the House, Student National Medical Association

 


June 30: “Health Disparities and COVID-19: A Crisis within a Crisis”

Moderator:

Dr. Kimberly Jenkins, Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

Panelists: 

Erika D. White, President CWA Local 4319, National Executive Diversity Board Member, Dr. Elysia James, Neurocritical Care, University of Toledo; Sadia Tahir, UTCOMLS Medical Student, White Coats for Black Lives (WC4BL), Vice President, SNMA, Barbershop Initiative Chair; John C. Jones, EMBA, Community Liaison, Office of Social Determinants of Health; and Dr. Darren Gordon, UToledo MD/PhD Candidate, Former National Speaker of the House, Student National Medical Association

June 10: “Confronting ourselves: A Conversation about Race, Equity and Inclusion”

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Last Updated: 11/17/21