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  • Storytelling, food bring UMass Chan community together for AANHPI Heritage Month

    Storytelling, food bring UMass Chan community together for AANHPI Heritage Month

    The UMass Chan community gathered to celebrate Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month through a food and storytelling event.

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  • Advancing gender equity, importance of mentoring highlighted at Women’s Faculty Awards

    Advancing gender equity, importance of mentoring highlighted at Women’s Faculty Awards

    The annual awards are sponsored by the Office of Faculty Affairs and the Women’s Faculty Committee of the Diversity and Inclusion Office.  

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  • Speakers explain impact of U.S. Supreme Court decision on affirmative action in admissions

    Speakers explain impact of U.S. Supreme Court decision on affirmative action in admissions

    During a Centering the Margins event organized by the Diversity and Inclusion Office, Renée M. Landers, JD, professor of law and faculty director, Suffolk University Law School, explained the 2023 U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard and UNC cases.  

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  • UMass Chan Postdoctoral Fellows Association creates community for international postdocs

    UMass Chan Postdoctoral Fellows Association creates community for international postdocs

    The UMass Chan Postdoctoral Fellows Association creates community for its majority international student population.  

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  • Affirming Health Care Summit addresses well-being of trans, gender-diverse community members

    Affirming Health Care Summit addresses well-being of trans, gender-diverse community members

    UMass Chan Medical School, in partnership with UMass Memorial Health, hosted the inaugural Affirming Health Care for Our Trans and Gender-Diverse Communities Summit, addressing the well-being of trans and gender-diverse community members. Medical student Mina Zhang was the emcee for the event and Kai da Costa, DO, assistant professor of psychiatry, led a patient and community voices panel discussion and Q&A session.  

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  • UMass Chan leaders recognized on WBJ’s 2024 Power 100 list

    UMass Chan leaders recognized on WBJ’s 2024 Power 100 list

    The Worcester Business Journal has named Chancellor Michael F. Collins, Vice Chancellor Marlina Duncan and Executive Vice Chancellor Parth Chakrabarti to its 2024 Power 100 list.

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  • UMass Chan community showers local mothers with infant necessities, information

    UMass Chan community showers local mothers with infant necessities, information

    UMass Chan partnered with local organization Glo Mom to support expectant and new mothers with access to information and services as they navigate pregnancy and motherhood.

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  • UMass LIGHT mentorship program ‘shows you how to achieve your dreams’

    UMass LIGHT mentorship program ‘shows you how to achieve your dreams’

    UMass LIGHT, a mentorship program pairing students with faculty members, has formed meaningful bonds between industry leaders and aspiring doctors. UMass LIGHT will host a conference with keynote speakers Rochelle Walensky, MD, former CDC director, and Robert “Hoot” Gibson, former chief astronaut for NASA, on May 3. 

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  • At Second Look Day, presence and intentionality connect students to UMass Chan

    At Second Look Day, presence and intentionality connect students to UMass Chan

    Second Look Day introduced accepted medical students to the T.H. Chan School of Medicine and included programming from the Diversity and Inclusion office.

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  • Cherise Hamblin: A voice for Black maternal health equity

    Cherise Hamblin: A voice for Black maternal health equity

    In the latest episode of Voices of UMass Chan, Cherise Hamblin, MD, delves into the critical topic of Black maternal health and the significance of Black Maternal Health Week at UMass Chan Medical School.

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  • Community convening aims to guide solutions to inequities in caregiving

    Community convening aims to guide solutions to inequities in caregiving

    The second community convening of the Equity in Caregiving Project, which will be 10 a.m. – noon March 28 in the UMass Chan Faculty Conference Room S1-342, will host a panel of family and clinical caregivers to discuss caregivers’ experiences and what might reduce inequities.

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  • Black Maternal Health Week at UMass Chan to address disparities

    Black Maternal Health Week at UMass Chan to address disparities

    Black Maternal Health Week raises awareness about the challenges faced by Black pregnant people and the importance of addressing disparities in maternal health care. Events are planned from April 11 to 17.  

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  • It’s a match for 2024 BaccMD grads

    It’s a match for 2024 BaccMD grads

    The two graduates of the UMass Chan Baccalaureate MD Pathway Program in the Class of 2024 matched to their top choices on Match Day.

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  • Legacy author Uché Blackstock calls on UMass Chan audience to listen, mentor, share diversity work

    Legacy author Uché Blackstock calls on UMass Chan audience to listen, mentor, share diversity work

    Uché Blackstock, MD, joined the UMass Chan community for a talk about her book Legacy: A Black Physician Reckons with Racism in Medicine, the 2024 Diversity Campus Read.

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  • UMass Chan PhD students present research in Black Excellence at UMass Chan series

    UMass Chan PhD students present research in Black Excellence at UMass Chan series

    Morningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences students Atinuke G. Oyinbo and Favour Akabogu discussed their research for the Black Excellence series.

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  • ‘Everybody’s problem and everybody’s solution’: anti-racism course for medical students emphasizes compassion

    ‘Everybody’s problem and everybody’s solution’: anti-racism course for medical students emphasizes compassion

    T.H. Chan School of Medicine Class of 2026 students were the first to participate in a mandatory course about anti-racism in medicine, led by Sarah Forrester, PhD, assistant professor of population & quantitative health sciences.

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  • African Student Association creating community across three UMass Chan graduate schools

    African Student Association creating community across three UMass Chan graduate schools

    Membership in the new African Student Association at UMass Chan Medical School requires acknowledging cultural differences in order to provide better care for diverse patients, and a desire to connect and celebrate each member’s African identity. 

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  • Department of Orthopedics making strides in fostering belonging among staff

    Department of Orthopedics making strides in fostering belonging among staff

    The Department of Orthopedics & Physical Rehabilitation is working on creating space for belonging through focus groups, data collection and goal setting.  

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  • Sharina Person honored with Chancellor’s Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion

    Sharina Person honored with Chancellor’s Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion

    Sharina Person, PhD, was honored with the Chancellors Award for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion at the annual tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. Keynote speaker Joan Reede, MD, MS, MPH MBA called on the medical community to move forward in values that promote diversity, equity and inclusion. 

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  • UMass Chan launches 2024 Diversity Campus Read with Legacy: A Black Physician Reckons with Racism in Medicine

    UMass Chan launches 2024 Diversity Campus Read with Legacy: A Black Physician Reckons with Racism in Medicine

    The Diversity and Inclusion Office introduces Legacy: A Black Physician Reckons with Racism in Medicine by Uché Blackstock as its 2024 Diversity Campus Read book.

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  • MLK Semester of Service awardees work with local community to address health needs

    MLK Semester of Service awardees work with local community to address health needs

    Students plan to use Martin Luther King Jr. Semester of Service Awards to transform the health of refugee, immigrant and low-income families in Worcester. 

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  • Joan Reede to serve as speaker at UMass Chan’s 2024 Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration

    Joan Reede to serve as speaker at UMass Chan’s 2024 Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration

    Joan Reede, MD, MS, MPH, MBA, dean for diversity and community partnership and champion of diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives at Harvard Medical School, will serve as keynote speaker for UMass Chan’s 36th annual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.

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  • First nationwide therapy clinical trial for Deaf people with trauma, addiction launched at UMass Chan

    First nationwide therapy clinical trial for Deaf people with trauma, addiction launched at UMass Chan

    More than half a million Americans are Deaf and experience problem drinking and trauma at significantly higher rates than the general population. A nationwide virtual clinical trial to test evidence-based therapy for Deaf people with trauma symptoms and alcohol use disorder is underway at UMass Chan Medical School. 

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  • New assistant director for equity, inclusion and campus climate aims to nurture a culture of belonging

    New assistant director for equity, inclusion and campus climate aims to nurture a culture of belonging

    Jeanna Lee, PhD, brings education, experience and new ideas to the role of assistant director for equity, inclusion and campus climate.

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  • UMass Chan named to Boston Globe’s Top Places to Work for 2023

    UMass Chan named to Boston Globe’s Top Places to Work for 2023

    UMass Chan Medical School has been named one of The Boston Globe’s 2023 Top Places to Work in Massachusetts and recognized for its diversity, equity and inclusion practices.

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  • Athena Callender, Hassanamisco Nipmuc tribe member, to lead Native American Heritage Month event

    Athena Callender, Hassanamisco Nipmuc tribe member, to lead Native American Heritage Month event

    Athena Callender will speak at UMass Chan for Native American Heritage Month. Her talk will focus on building trust and relationships that allow for a free flow of information on best practices in addressing health issues in the native community. 

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  • Marlina Duncan named to Color magazine’s Power List of 50 Chief Diversity Officers

    Marlina Duncan named to Color magazine’s Power List of 50 Chief Diversity Officers

    Some of the achievements at UMass Chan led by Marlina Duncan, EdD, vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion, are listed in celebration of her being named as one of Color Magazine’s Power 50 chief diversity officers. 

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  • UMass Chan chapter of Student National Medical Association hosts African Diaspora Night

    UMass Chan chapter of Student National Medical Association hosts African Diaspora Night

    Students, faculty and friends of UMass Chan gathered to celebrate African Diaspora Night on campus to share the beauty, breadth and depth of African culture through fun, food and art.

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  • Centering the Margins speaker stresses importance of communications in ‘building bridges’ at work

    Centering the Margins speaker stresses importance of communications in ‘building bridges’ at work

    The Diversity and Inclusion office welcomed author, trainer and life coach Kevin Neal as speaker for the Centering the Margins discussion series on Thursday, Oct. 26.

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  • UMass Chan helps ‘Crack the Code’ at biotech career day in Worcester

    UMass Chan helps ‘Crack the Code’ at biotech career day in Worcester

    Representatives from UMass Chan presented on several topics and career paths, including RNA Therapeutics Institute, ScienceLive, community and government relations, diversity and inclusion and media and arts in sciences.

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  • Marlina Duncan named Worcester Business Journal Outstanding Woman in Business

    Marlina Duncan named Worcester Business Journal Outstanding Woman in Business

    Marlina Duncan, EdD, vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion, has been named an Outstanding Woman in Business 2023 by the Worcester Business Journal.

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  • Diversity Summit at UMass Chan highlights work toward fostering inclusive culture

    Diversity Summit at UMass Chan highlights work toward fostering inclusive culture

    The Diversity and Inclusion Office at UMass Chan Medical School hosted a two-day Diversity Summit on Oct. 11 and 12, detailing progress toward meeting the institution’s strategic goal to foster diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging across campus. The event included a poster fair, plenary session, and a series of online breakout discussions.

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  • Worcester State professor shares triumphs of history for Hispanic Heritage Month

    Worcester State professor shares triumphs of history for Hispanic Heritage Month

    UMass Chan Medical School celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with a presentation from Aldo Garcia-Guevara, PhD, professor of history and chair of interdisciplinary studies at Worcester State University.

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  • Science for Living: Understanding preeclampsia, its toll on Black women and a promising therapeutic on the way

    Science for Living: Understanding preeclampsia, its toll on Black women and a promising therapeutic on the way

    A new RNA therapeutic for preeclampsia is based on work by UMass Chan researchers and collaborating scientists. Researchers explain the importance of a multipronged approach to addressing factors underlying health disparities in this Science for Living article.

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  • Dynamic Futures program opens doors for high school students with diverse interests in behavioral, mental health fields

    Dynamic Futures program opens doors for high school students with diverse interests in behavioral, mental health fields

    The Dynamic Futures program at UMass Chan Medical School is aimed at attracting students underrepresented in medicine to careers in the behavioral health and mental health fields.

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  • UMass Chan speaker series examines impact of racism in health care on Indigenous families

    UMass Chan speaker series examines impact of racism in health care on Indigenous families

    The Centering the Margins series speakers discussed the history of racism in health care and its impact on Indigenous health.

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  • Diversity Engagement Survey shows favorable response to diversity, inclusion efforts at UMass Chan

    Diversity Engagement Survey shows favorable response to diversity, inclusion efforts at UMass Chan

    Data from the 2023 Diversity Engagement Survey, administered last spring by the Diversity and Inclusion Office, shows an increase in participation and in an overall favorable response to UMass Chan Medical School’s diversity and inclusion efforts.

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  • LGBT Convocation speaker asks UMass Chan community to consider impact of labels on LGBTQIA+ populations

    LGBT Convocation speaker asks UMass Chan community to consider impact of labels on LGBTQIA+ populations

    Joshua Croke, the guest speaker for the 11th annual LGBT Convocation Welcome Celebration, says labels can be hateful or empowering.

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  • Convocation events 2023

    UMass Chan celebrates start of new academic year with Convocation week

    The festivities begin on Friday, Sept. 8 with the annual White Coat Ceremony, welcoming the new T.H. Chan School of Medicine students into the medical community.

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  • Inclusive Excellence Orientation equips new students with valuable skills

    Inclusive Excellence Orientation equips new students with valuable skills

    Returning UMass Chan students from the Tan Chingfen Graduate School of Nursing, Morningside School of Biomedical Sciences and the T.H. Chan School of Medicine welcomed incoming students on Aug. 17 during the Diversity and Inclusion Office’s Inclusive Excellence Orientation.

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  • Summer internship program prepares students for health, science careers

    Summer internship program prepares students for health, science careers

    The annual 10-week program hosted by the Diversity and Inclusion Office supports students from groups historically marginalized in STEM, health sciences and medicine through mentorship and hands-on experiences. Ten students participated in the 2023 program.

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  • Summer undergraduate research students highlight collaboration, diversity at UMass Chan

    Summer undergraduate research students highlight collaboration, diversity at UMass Chan

    Forty future health and science professionals spent the summer immersed in UMass Chan’s cutting-edge laboratories.

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  • High School Health Careers Program exposes students to futures in health care

    High School Health Careers Program exposes students to futures in health care

    Nineteen rising high school juniors and seniors spent July in Worcester participating in the immersive 2023 High School Health Careers Program at UMass Chan Medical School.

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  • Transgender, gender-diverse patients face barriers to eating disorder care, UMass Chan survey finds

    Transgender, gender-diverse patients face barriers to eating disorder care, UMass Chan survey finds

    According to research by Katarina A. Ferrucci, PhD’23, transgender and gender-diverse people face more challenges than cisgender people in accessing treatment for eating disorders, and care providers aren’t always aware of the barriers.

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  • Multicultural Women’s Health Summit held at UMass Chan

    Multicultural Women’s Health Summit held at UMass Chan

    More than 200 women of all backgrounds and ages came together at UMass Chan Medical School to get information about their health and have a day of self-care.

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  • Inaugural Thomas Zand Initiative on refugee health to honor Crista Johnson-Agbakwu

    Inaugural Thomas Zand Initiative on refugee health to honor Crista Johnson-Agbakwu

    The Department of Family Medicine & Community Health is hosting the first annual event on World Refugee Day on June 20. Crista Johnson-Agbawku, MD, is the inaugural recipient of the Thomas Zand Refugee Health Lectureship award and will present Grand Rounds.

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  • UMass Chan mentors 12 students in summer learning opportunity

    UMass Chan mentors 12 students in summer learning opportunity

    Students from Morehouse School of Medicine and the CUNY School of Medicine will perform clinical rotations in dermatology, orthopedic surgery, OB-GYN, internal medicine, pediatrics and radiology this summer.

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  • Newly named Deborah Harmon Hines, PhD, Commencement Celebration celebrates diverse graduates

    Newly named Deborah Harmon Hines, PhD, Commencement Celebration celebrates diverse graduates

    During a ceremony named after a former vice provost, graduating UMass Chan Medical School students received stoles made of Kente fabric from Ghana, West Africa, to wear at Commencement.

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  • Inaugural Deborah Harmon Hines, PhD, Commencement Celebration happening June 2

    Inaugural Deborah Harmon Hines, PhD, Commencement Celebration happening June 2

    The annual stole ceremony is part of UMass Chan’s ongoing efforts to illuminate the stories and experiences of underrepresented students.

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  • Diversity and Equity Action Plan sparks diversity-centric change at UMass Chan

    Diversity and Equity Action Plan sparks diversity-centric change at UMass Chan

    Nine UMass Chan Medical School departments participated in the Diversity and Equity Action Plan (DEAP) pilot, organized by the Diversity and Inclusion Office.

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  • LISTEN: UMass Chan to host Multicultural Women’s Health Summit

    LISTEN: UMass Chan to host Multicultural Women’s Health Summit

    UMass Chan Medical School and Central Mass Links are inviting the local community to participate in the Multicultural Women’s Health Summit, a free family wellness event, on Saturday, June 17, on the UMass Chan campus in Worcester.

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  • Women in medicine and science honored for career achievements

    Women in medicine and science honored for career achievements

    Seven women were honored for career achievements in science and health care during the 23rd annual Women’s Faculty Awards at UMass Chan Medical School.

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  • ‘Empathy Project’ director illustrates DEI through short film

    ‘Empathy Project’ director illustrates DEI through short film

    UMass Chan’s Diversity and Inclusion Office invited Maura Minsky, director of The Empathy Project at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, to discuss the importance of storytelling and empathy in the hospital and in diversity, equity and inclusion work.

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  • Carolyn Brownawell sees inclusion as ‘recipe’ for innovation at UMass Chan

    Carolyn Brownawell sees inclusion as ‘recipe’ for innovation at UMass Chan

    Carolyn Brownawell, MBA, deputy executive vice chancellor for human resources at UMass Chan Medical School, believes that diversity, equity and inclusion are essential to institutional growth.

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  • Diversity Campus Read author explains how ‘situation-crafting’ can combat racism

    Diversity Campus Read author explains how situation-crafting can combat racism

    Author Geoffrey L. Cohen, PhD, described how “situation-crafting” can combat racism, enhance health and improve work performance.

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  • Library exhibit highlights lack of health care access for immigrants

    Library exhibit highlights lack of health care access for immigrants

    The Lamar Soutter Library is hosting a National Library of Medicine traveling exhibit highlighting immigrants’ and migrants’ experiences with health care in the United States over 130 years. Now through April 21, the exhibit, Outside/Inside: Immigration, Migration and Health Care in the United States, is on display in the library.

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  • UMass Chan welcomes accepted students underrepresented in medicine

    UMass Chan welcomes accepted students underrepresented in medicine

    The T.H. Chan School of Medicine admissions team partnered with the Diversity and Inclusion Office to host the inaugural Second Look Inclusive Connections and Belonging event on March 27.

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  • UMass Chan celebrates Women’s History Month

    UMass Chan celebrates Women’s History Month

    UMass Chan Medical School celebrates Women’s History Month with a lecture by Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina, PhD, the Paul Murray Kendall Chair in Biography and professor of English at UMass Amherst, called “Forgotten Lives: Who They Were and Why They’re Important.”

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  • Matching medical students committed to cultural humility in health care

    Matching medical students committed to cultural humility in health care

    UMass Chan Medical School students describe how their diverse backgrounds have prepared them to become doctors.

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  • Pipeline program for students underrepresented in medicine seeks new applicants

    Pipeline program for students underrepresented in medicine seeks new applicants

    Research coordinators and their mentors share their takeaways from the Pipeline for Underrepresented Students in Medicine program. The deadline to apply for the next cycle is March 31.

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  • UMass Chan presents ‘Celebration of Black Excellence’ for Black History Month

    UMass Chan presents ‘Celebration of Black Excellence’ for Black History Month

    UMass Chan Medical School celebrated Black History Month with a focus on the research of four of its Black scientists: Brain Lewis, PhD; Ayorkor Gaba, PsyD; MD/PhD student Zach Dyer; and Natalie Anumba, PhD.

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  • UMass Chan community encouraged to take Diversity Engagement Survey beginning March 6

    UMass Chan community encouraged to take Diversity Engagement Survey beginning March 6

    The UMass Chan Medical School Diversity Engagement Survey will be emailed to all faculty, staff and students on March 6 and remain open through the end of March.

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  • UMass Chan partners with City of Worcester and local organizations to launch mentorship initiative

    UMass Chan partners with City of Worcester and local organizations to launch mentorship initiative

    The Worcester Youth Behavioral Health Pathway Program seeks to create, maintain and sustain a pipeline of students of color to consider being clinicians, therapists, board-certified behavioral analysts and behavior technicians.

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  • Crista Johnson-Agbakwu appointed executive director of new Collaborative in Health Equity at UMass Chan

    Crista Johnson-Agbakwu appointed executive director of new Collaborative in Health Equity at UMass Chan

    Crista Johnson-Agbakwu, MD, an accomplished physician who has focused her career on reducing the disparities between social determinants of health and health care, has been appointed the inaugural executive director of the new UMass Chan Medical School Collaborative in Health Equity.

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  • ‘Black History Month: A Celebration of Black Excellence at UMass Chan’ to feature four scientific talks

    ‘Black History Month: A Celebration of Black Excellence at UMass Chan’ to feature four scientific talks

    The Diversity and Inclusion Office will present the series Black History Month: A Celebration of Black Excellence at UMass Chan Medical School.

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  • Restorative justice training at UMass Chan builds community

    Restorative justice training at UMass Chan builds community

    Thirty faculty, staff and residents at UMass Chan Medical School were training in restorative justice, which is a method of conflict resolution and community building.

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  • Robert Layne receives Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion at MLK tribute

    Robert Layne receives Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion at MLK Tribute

    Robert E. Layne, MEd, received the 2023 Chancellor’s Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion at the annual tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. in recognition of his long term commitment to bringing students underrepresented in health care careers into the STEM pipeline.

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  • Marlina Duncan honored with diversity award

    Marlina Duncan honored with diversity award

    Marlina Duncan, EdD, received the Diamond Award for Excellence in Education, Leadership, Diversity, Equality, Inclusion, Humanitarian, Philanthropic and Community Engagement at a gala in Atlanta on Jan. 21.

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  • Diversity Engagement Survey launches March 6 at UMass Chan Medical School

    Diversity Engagement Survey launches March 6 at UMass Chan Medical School

    The Diversity and Inclusion Office is preparing for the March 6 launch of the Diversity Engagement Survey, and held the last in a three-part informational series, the “Diversity Engagement Survey and You,” on Tuesday, Jan. 17. Marlina Duncan, EdD, and Sharina Person, PhD, also discuss the DES in a Voices of UMass Chan podcast.

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  • UMass Chan named among ‘America’s Greatest Workplaces 2023 For Diversity,’ by Newsweek, Plant-A Insights

    UMass Chan named among ‘America’s Greatest Workplaces 2023 For Diversity,’ by Newsweek, Plant-A Insights

    In recognition of its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, UMass Chan Medical School was named one of “America's Greatest Workplaces 2023 For Diversity," by Newsweek and market data research firm Plant-A Insights. 

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  • UMass Chan preparing for launch of Diversity Engagement Survey

    UMass Chan preparing for launch of Diversity Engagement Survey

    The Diversity and Inclusion Office is presenting a virtual event, the “Diversity Engagement Survey and You,” on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at noon. The 2023 survey will be sent via email to all faculty, staff and students on March 6.

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  • UMass Chan tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. to be held Jan. 25

    UMass Chan tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. to be held Jan. 25

    The UMass Chan Medical School community will gather virtually for its 35th annual tribute in honor of the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at noon.

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  • Diversity Campus Read: Belonging by Geoffrey Cohen chosen for 2023 discussion

    Diversity Campus Read: Belonging by Geoffrey Cohen chosen for 2023 discussion

    The Diversity and Inclusion Office at UMass Chan Medical School is hosting its 2023 Diversity Campus Read featuring Belonging: The Science of Creating Connection and Bridging Divides by Geoffrey L. Cohen.

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  • Jillian Richmond mentoring Morehouse med student Sachi Desse in research aimed to reduce disparities in dermatology

    Jillian Richmond mentoring Morehouse med student Sachi Desse in research aimed to reduce disparities in dermatology

    With a grant from the Dermatology Foundation, Morehouse School of Medicine student Sachi Desse is researching cutaneous T cell lymphoma, with Jillian Richmond, PhD, as her mentor.

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  • Nominations sought for Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion and MLK Semester of Service Awards

    Nominations sought for Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion and MLK Semester of Service Awards

    Nominations are now being accepted for the 2023 Chancellor’s Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion and the MLK Semester of Service Awards. Recipients will be announced at the UMass Chan Martin Luther King Jr. celebration on Jan. 25.

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  • UMass Chan diversity and inclusion panel examines intersectionality of disability, race and pregnancy

    UMass Chan diversity and inclusion panel examines intersectionality of disability, race and pregnancy

    Linda M. Long-Bellil, PhD, JD, of UMass Chan Medical School; Monika Mitra, PhD, of Brandeis University; and Charity Hueckstedt, of the National Center of Disability and Pregnancy Advisory Board led a forum on the intersectionality of disability, race and pregnancy.

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  • UMass Chan resident-led ‘Day in the Life of a Surgeon’ event promotes diversity in surgery

    ‘Day in the Life of a Surgeon’ event promotes diversity in surgery

    More than 60 college students from across Massachusetts attended “A Day in the Life of a Surgeon” event last month, organized by two UMass Chan Medical School surgery residents to give students underrepresented in medicine the opportunity to learn about the surgical field.

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  • UMass Chan departments developing diversity and equity action plans

    UMass Chan departments developing diversity and equity action plans

    With support from the Diversity and Inclusion Office, 15 departments and offices volunteered to participate in a pilot program in which they are developing plans to align their work with the five priority areas outlined in the diversity pillar of IMPACT 2025, the UMass Chan strategic plan.

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  • Lumbee Tribe anthropologist discusses importance of UMass Chan partnership with indigenous people

    Lumbee Tribe anthropologist discusses importance of UMass Chan partnership with indigenous people

    UMass Chan Medical School hosted an inaugural observation of Native American Heritage Month with a virtual presentation by David Shane Lowry, PhD, anthropologist and citizen of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina.

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  • Diversity and Inclusion series focuses on reproductive rights for queer and gender nonconforming people of color

    Diversity and Inclusion series focuses on reproductive rights for queer and gender nonconforming people of color

    Cailin Duram, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, of Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, led the monthly Diversity and Inclusion series, Centering the Margins, on reproductive rights and justice for queer and gender nonconforming people of color on Wednesday, Oct. 26.

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  • National experts in academic medicine discuss Diversity Engagement Survey created at UMass Chan with AAMC

    National experts in academic medicine discuss Diversity Engagement Survey created at UMass Chan with AAMC

    The Diversity and Inclusion Office featured the second of a three-part speaker series on Tuesday, Oct. 25, on the Diversity Engagement Survey developed by UMass Chan Medical School in collaboration with the Association of American Medical College.

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  • Bethany Berry represents UMass Chan students on UMass Board of Trustees

    Bethany Berry represents UMass Chan students on UMass Board of Trustees

    MD/PhD student Bethany Berry plans to champion diversity and advocacy as UMass Chan Medical School’s student representative on the UMass Board of Trustees. Her research focuses on epigenetic mechanisms of meningioma, a type of intracranial tumor.

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  • Mary Munson named assistant vice provost of health equity at UMass Chan

    Mary Munson named assistant vice provost of health equity at UMass Chan

    In her new role, Mary Munson, PhD, will serve as a leader in promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in science at UMass Chan Medical School.

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  • Hispanic Heritage Month speaker highlights how work, migration, gender affect health of immigrant Latinas

    Hispanic Heritage Month speaker highlights how work, migration, gender affect health of immigrant Latinas

    Ashley Gomez, PhD, MPH, assistant professor of entrepreneurship at the University of Pittsburgh, served as UMass Chan Medical School’s keynote speaker to conclude the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

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  • Putterman Lecture examines building alliances and sharing power for health equity

    Putterman Lecture examines building alliances and sharing power for health equity

    The annual Steven L. Putterman Memorial Lecture was presented by Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH, chief health equity officer and senior vice president for the American Medical Association, on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

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  • UMass Chan medical student’s research on LGBTQI+ cancer survivors selected for national conference

    UMass Chan medical student’s research on LGBTQI+ cancer survivors selected for national conference

    Third-year medical student Colin Burnett was invited to present his research on LGBTQI+ cancer survivors at a national conference. Burnett and his co-authors discovered that most LGBTQI+ cancer survivors did not have access to health education resources tailored to their gender and sexual identities.

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  • UMass Chan kicks off Convocation week with 10th annual LGBT celebration

    UMass Chan kicks off Convocation week with 10th annual LGBT celebration

    Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion Marlina Duncan, EdD, called the 10th Annual LGBT Convocation Welcome, “a celebration that fosters a sense of belonging in the city of Worcester.”

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  • UMass Chan raises LGBT pride flag on campus for September

    UMass Chan raises LGBT pride flag on campus for September

    The pride flag was raised on Sept. 1 at UMass Chan Medical School and will be flown every September, when Worcester celebrates LGBT pride.

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  • UMass Chan Emerging Professionals Summer Internship provides health and science opportunities

    UMass Chan Emerging Professionals Summer Internship provides health and science opportunities

    This 10-week program, focused on students from groups historically marginalized in STEM, health sciences and medicine, provides students with hands-on experience and insight into a range of fields of fields, such as diversity and inclusion, public safety, communications, and community and government relations.

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  • Summer Undergraduate Research Program prepares diverse students for biomedical careers

    Summer Undergraduate Research Program prepares diverse students for biomedical careers

    Thirty-two college undergraduates interested in careers in medicine and science spent 10 weeks immersed in the cutting-edge laboratories of UMass Chan investigators.

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  • UMass Chan learners of color orientation offers tools to enhance student life, broaden support

    UMass Chan learners of color orientation offers tools to enhance student life, broaden support

    One hundred seventy-two new students attended the learners of color orientation at UMass Chan Medical School on Aug. 18. The day-long program included workshops and speakers on topics ranging from mental health to finding mentors, from financial literacy to “power mapping” students’ first year.

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  • UMass Chan launches new academic year with first-ever joint orientation for all three schools

    UMass Chan launches new academic year with first-ever joint orientation for all three schools

    The Office of Student Life led its first combined orientation for new medical, biomedical sciences and nursing students on Wednesday, Aug. 17, responding to requests by students for increased interaction among schools.

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  • High School Health Careers precollege immersion returns onsite at UMass Chan

    High School Health Careers precollege immersion returns onsite at UMass Chan

    Shalom Njau and Yutian “Tina” Li are grateful and proud to be among the 16 members of the High School Health Careers Program Class of 2022 at UMass Chan Medical School, and confident that their experiences in the summer outreach program will help them achieve their goals.

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  • Summer learning opportunity at UMass Chan welcomes students underrepresented in medicine

    Summer learning opportunity at UMass Chan welcomes students underrepresented in medicine

    The Diversity for Health Care, Innovation and Medicine Summer Learning Opportunity at UMass Chan Medical School welcomed 11 students from Morehouse School of Medicine and the CUNY School of Medicine in New York.

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  • UMass Chan reports data on diversity makeup of students, faculty and staff

    UMass Chan reports data on diversity makeup of students, faculty and staff

    UMass Chan Medical School is posting data on the diversity composition of its campus community in support of its strategic goal to increase diversity, equity and inclusion. The Diversity Data Dashboards include self-reported data from UMass Chan’s faculty, staff and students by race, ethnicity and gender.

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  • Aspiring doctors expand horizons with Summer Enrichment Program at UMass Chan

    Aspiring doctors expand horizons with Summer Enrichment Program at UMass Chan

    Thirty-nine students completed the 2022 Summer Enrichment/BaccMD Program, an intensive immersion program aimed to help college undergraduates from underserved and underrepresented backgrounds who want to become physicians improve their qualifications and competitive standing for admission.

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  • Pride Month discussion centers on LGBTQ+ perinatal and reproductive health disparities

    Pride Month discussion centers on LGBTQ+ perinatal and reproductive health disparities

    Kodiak Soled, PhD, vice president of the Lesbian Health Fund at GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ+ Equality, presented, “Fighting for our families: A community-placed study of LGBTQ+ childbearing hardships, harms and hope for a brighter future.”

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  • UMass Chan celebrates ‘Black joy’ at Juneteenth event

    UMass Chan celebrates ‘Black joy’ at Juneteenth event

    The Diversity and Inclusion Office led the UMass Chan Medical School community through a virtual art and poetry celebration of Juneteenth on June 15.

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  • Diversity and Inclusion Office events focus on families for Pride Month

    Diversity and Inclusion Office events focus on families for Pride Month

    UMass Chan Medical School will recognize Pride Month with events on June 28 and 29 that focus on the experiences of LGBTQ families as they navigate the health care system and work as members of it.

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  • Stole ceremony celebrates diversity and unity among UMass Chan Classes of 2022

    Stole ceremony celebrates diversity and unity among UMass Chan Classes of 2022

    Graduating UMass Chan Medical School students from paths historically underrepresented in medicine and science were ceremonially presented Kente and multicultural stoles on Friday, June 3, to wear at the 49th Commencement.

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