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January 31, 2012

SIU Med School Sets Black History Month Activities

Black History Month will be celebrated with eight programs in February at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, including a presentation about the future in diversity. All events are open to the public.

Marc Nivet, Ed.D., will give a presentation about diversity in health care at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 21, in SIU’s South Auditorium, 801 N. Rutledge St. (second floor). Nivet is chief diversity officer of the Association of American Medical Colleges, where he provides strategic vision and leadership on diversity and inclusion.

“Dr. Nivet is one of our nation’s greatest advocates for diversity in health care and medical education. We are excited about bringing him to our campus and community,” said Dr. Wesley Robinson-McNeese, executive assistant to the dean for diversity, multicultural and minority affairs at SIU.

Nivet has worked to advance diversity equality in community engagement and health care. He encourages organizations and communities to raise diversity to the same level as human resources and strategic planning. Nivet suggests a 3-step diversity operating system for medical schools and teaching hospitals. In the context of academic medicine, this means making diversity central to the overall mission of better health outcomes for all.

(Note to Editor: A commentary, “Diversity 3.0: A Necessary Systems Upgrade,” written by Nivet, was published in Academic Medicine, Vol. 86, No. 12/December 2011,

The program and reception that follows are hosted by SIU’s chapter of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA). SNMA is composed of medical and premedical students focused on the needs of minority students across the nation. Jeffrey Hubbard and Vance Washington, third-year medical students, are co-chairs for Black History Month.

Additional activities planned by SIU medical students and the Office of Diversity, Multicultural and Minority Affairs:

• February 1, Noon – 1:30 p.m. – Movie, “Gifted Hands:  The Ben Carson Story,” – Dirksen Conference Room (fourth floor), 801 North Rutledge St.,
• February 2, 4 – 6 p.m., – “Harriet Tubman” portrayed by Kathryn Harris, director of Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Services – South Auditorium,
• February 8, Noon – 1:30 p.m. – Movie, “Something the Lord Made,” – Lincoln Conference Room (second floor), 801 N. Rutledge St.,     
• February 14, Noon – 1 p.m. – Ethnic Heritage Day celebrating African-American culture with a presentation and tasting of African-American foods – Pearson Museum (second floor), 801 N. Rutledge St.,
• February 15, Noon – 2 p.m. – Movie, “Birth of a Nation,” in the South Auditorium,
• February 16, 4 – 6 p.m. – “HER Story, African-American Female History,” by Kamau Kemayo, Ph.D., associate professor of African-American studies at University of Illinois Springfield –  South Auditorium,
• February 22, Noon – 1:30 p.m. – Movie, “Miss Evers’ Boys,” – Lincoln Conference Room,
• February 28, noon – 1:30 p.m. – Movie, “500 Years Later,” in the Dirksen conference rooom.
For more information about Black History Month programs, contact Dr. McNeese, Diversity, Multicultural and Minority Affairs, at 217-545-7334 weekdays.