In honor of the life and accomplishments of Martin Luther King Jr., U-M hosts a week of events aimed at thought-provoking conversation around diversity, equity and inclusion.This year’s theme, “The (Mis)education of US,” highlights the miseducation and misunderstandings around diversity, culture and stereotypes.
Congratulations to Michigan Medicine, which earlier today was named one of the country’s top employers for diversity by Forbes!The Best Employers for Diversity 2020 list was chosen based on an independent survey from a representative sample of 60,000 employees working for companies employing at least 1,000 people in their U.S. operations. Respondents were asked questions regarding the topics of age, gender equality, ethnicity, disability, LGBTQA+ and general diversity concerning their own employer.The survey was carried out by analytics firm Statista.Click here to see the full list of Best Employers for Diversity!
Like many students, first-year medical student Aurelio Muzaurieta came to Michigan Medicine with innovative and transformative goals for patient care. Muzaurieta’s passion for underrepresented communities, coupled with his awe-inspiring experience serving them, speaks to his commitment to health care access and opportunity for all. His deep-rooted dedication has not gone unnoticed, as this past September he was awarded the Association of American Medical Colleges’ (AAMC) inaugural Darrell G. Kirch Scholarship.
Diversity, equity and inclusion champions across Michigan Medicine work diligently to not only celebrate initiatives, but to elevate the diversity and uniqueness that shines among employees.This fall, the Frankel Cardiovascular Center and U-M Medical Group (UMMG) demonstrated outstanding examples of Michigan Medicine’s commitment to DEI.
Michigan Medicine has been diligent to its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. The implementation of the five-year strategic plan has begun the process of shifting the climate of DEI at Michigan Medicine. The impact of this plan has not only spread across the organization, but has generated national attention, as well.
At the root of diversity is difference. It isn’t the acceptance of those differences that make diversity and inclusion efforts sustainable, rather the embracing of those differences that create a more dynamic institution. This year’s DEI Gratitude Symposium, hosted by the Office for Health Equity and Inclusion (OHEI), ignited conversation around this idea and explored how to further diversify thought and communicate across differences at Michigan Medicine. The theme of the sixth biannual DEI symposium was “Building Bridges Across Difference for Sustainable Change.”
The Office for Health Equity and Inclusion (OHEI) at Michigan Medicine hosted the inaugural First Look Weekend. The theme of the weekend was Becoming a Change Agent in Health Equity. The goal is to develop leaders in health equity, diversity and inclusion.
OHEI provides incident resources for our community to have dialogue. Our hope is for these tools to be used to have meaningful conversation about our individual experiences and to spark ideas. We hope to utilize the dialogue to enhance the culture for all who work, learn and heal at Michigan Medicine. "Speaking and Listening is how humanity learns to walk. It is the word that gives form to that walk that goes on inside of us. Speaking, we heal the pain. Speaking and Listening, we accompany each other." (Marcos, 2002)
Michigan Medicine is committed to providing excellent care and service to patients and visitors of all genders. As part of a Diversity Equity and Inclusion Mini-Grant project sponsored by the Office of Health Equity and Inclusion, Halley Crissman, M.D., MPH, spearheaded a project to create training videos for Michigan Medicine frontline staff to improve comfort and competency in providing care and service to transgender and gender nonconforming patients. The final product includes an introductory video, and five job-specific videos: