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October 12, 2011

SIU School of Medicine Holds Diversity Week Events

Diversity Week is being celebrated with several public activities and two national speakers at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield from Monday, October 24 to Friday, October 28.

“Racism, Globalization and the Changing Face of America” will be presented at 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 25.  The speaker is Lecia Brooks, director of outreach at Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Ala.  This event is co-sponsored by Benedictine University at Springfield, Coalition to Promote Human Dignity & Diversity, Lincoln Land Community College, University of Illinois at Springfield and Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

Diversity education for a changing world is the focus of a series of programs offered from noon to 1 p.m.  The sessions are –

Dr. Vanessa Northington-Gamble, professor of medical humanities and history at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., will present “Race in the Age of Genomics” Friday, October 28.  She will trace the history of racial classifications and its implications on clinical practice, medical research, and the elimination of racial and ethnic inequities in health.

Other noon lectures include “Understanding and Challenging Racism: A White Male Perspective,” will be presented Monday, October 24, by John Record, former director of alumni affairs at SIU (retired).

“Diversity: Everything Starts with Leadership” presented by Major Phillip Shelton, state equal employment and diversity manager, Illinois National Guard on Tuesday, October 25.

“Foreign Medical Graduates Speak,” a panel discussion by foreign-trained physicians from the SIU School of Medicine community on Wednesday, October 26.  It will be moderated by Dr. Manisha Punwani, SIU assistant professor of child and adolescent psychiatry and director of the adult psychiatry residency program.

“Understanding the Unique Needs of the LGBT Community” will be presented by Vincent Moorman, proprietor of Vin-Man Consulting on Thursday, October 27.

All presentations will be held in SIU’s South Auditorium, 801 N. Rutledge St. in Springfield.  The noon series also will be teleconferenced to Lindegren Hall on the SIU Carbondale campus.

“Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine,” a special exhibit will be on display during the Schools regular business hours from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, October 3 to Saturday, November 12, in the SIU School of Medicine Library, fourth floor, 801 N. Rutledge St.  It is presented by the National Library of Medicine.

Dr. Wesley Robinson-McNeese, SIU associate professor of internal medicine and executive assistant to the dean for diversity, multicultural and minority affairs, has organized the series, which is in its fourth year.

For more information about the programs or to register, contact Debbie at 217-545-7334.

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