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March 15, 2023


Now recruiting for a second year, the UMass Chan Medical School Pipeline for Underrepresented Students in Medicine (PRISM) program offers clinical research and mentorship opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate students from Worcester-area colleges.

Worcester-area college students/ recent graduates may apply to the PRISM program by the March 31 deadline.

Upcoming UMass Chan events


CEOD Advocacy Subcommittee March Meeting   

The Advocacy Subcommittee of the Committee on Equal Opportunity and Diversity advocates for the needs of those with marginalized identities and works toward an institutional culture where all members, regardless of background, are welcomed and respected and can be successful.  

March 15, 3 p.m.  

Join on Zoom

Passcode: 120006 

CEOD Education Subcommittee March Meeting 

The Education Subcommittee provides educational and professional development opportunities for the UMass Chan community to help enhance awareness, education and current understanding of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (e.g., lecture series, conferences, book clubs, workshops, etc.) 

March 16, 1 p.m. 

Join on Zoom

Password: 697320 

Department of Medicine's Continuing Medical Education Grand Rounds: Health Care Disparities for People of Color with Disabilities

Guests:Ilhom Akobirshoev, MSW, MA, PhD, research scientist, Lurie Institute for Disability Policy, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University

Diana Cejas, MD, MPH, assistant professor of neurology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities

Yoel Carrasquillo Vega, MD, assistant professor of medicine, UMass Chan Medical School   


March 16, noon 


UMass Chan Celebrates Women's History Month 

The UMass Chan Women’s Faculty Committee, Office of Faculty Affairs, Professional Women’s Committee and Office of Diversity and Inclusion has invited Gretchen Gerzina, PhD, Paul Murray Kendall Chair in Biography and professor of English at UMass Amherst, to deliver her lecture “Forgotten Lives: Who They Were and Why They’re Important.” 


March 21, noon 



Shakira Nelson, PhD, visits UMass Chan


The Faculty Fostering Inclusive Excellence, Office of Health Equity, Voices in Science and the Department of Microbiology & Physiological Systems hosts Shakira Nelson, PhD, a program director at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, for a seminar, a luncheon and two roundtable discussions on March 21.


Hybrid seminar: My Voice in Science: Everything Everywhere All at Once Matters


March 21, 10 a.m. 

AS8-2072 and on Zoom


Trainee luncheon and roundtable 

This discussion will be on career paths and funding mechanisms through the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Contact Amy Parker if interested in this discussion.


March 21, noon


Faculty roundtable

This discussion session will cover trainee and faculty funding mechanisms at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, coming changes, and best practices in improving diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. Contact Amy Parker if interested in this discussion.


March 21, 2:30 p.m. 

Public Outrage: A discussion from multiple perspectives and the scholarly impact of protests in the Iranian region   


Join Ora Szekely, PhD, associate professor of political science at Clark University, and Anita Fábos, PhD, professor of international development and social change at Clark University, for this timely discussion about perspectives, resources, community voices and opportunities to help scholars at risk.    


March 23, 4:30-6 p.m.  

Lazare auditorium, Medical School Building (S1-607)  


CEOD Service Subcommittee March Meeting 


The Service Subcommittee of the Committee on Equal Opportunity and Diversity offers opportunities for the UMass Chan community to serve and engage with our surrounding community and to collaborate with community partners in meaningful and mutually beneficial ways.  


March 28, 11 a.m. 


Passcode: 101279 

Outside/Inside: Immigration, Migration and Health Care in the United States  


Join Crista Johnson-Agbakwu, MD, executive director of the UMass Chan Medical School Collaborative in Health Equity, as she talks about the National Library of Medicine's exhibit Outside/Inside in the context of her extensive career in refugee/immigrant health. The exhibit can be viewed here.   


April 6, 1 p.m.  

Lamar Soutter Library  

(no virtual option for April 6 talk)   

Foundations workshops at UMass Chan

UMass Chan Medical School is committed to creating an inclusive and equitable environment. The Diversity and Inclusion Office's training program conducts high-impact diversity, equity and inclusion workshops that utilize innovative instructional design to support DEI professional development and capacity-building efforts across UMass Chan Medical School. Foundations workshops are intended to provide a foundation in DEI to support building more advanced skills for staff, faculty and learners of all levels.


Inclusive Leadership: Leading with Intention   

In this interactive virtual workshop, you'll learn how to differentiate traditional leadership from inclusive leadership, create spaces rooted in fairness and respect, and celebrate differences. You will hone leadership skills and learn to apply new frameworks that inspire others and create an inclusive culture.

March 21, noon 


Equitable and Inclusive Search Processes  


In this workshop you'll learn to identify how unconscious bias and groupthink may impact search processes, describe at least three ways to mitigate bias within the recruitment cycle, and apply standardized interview questions and holistic review to promote inclusion.

March 27, noon


Diversity Engagement Survey


Your input is needed to make UMass Chan a more diverse and equitable environment for all of us. The Diversity and Inclusion Office would like to thank all who've taken the Diversity Engagement Survey in its first week and offer congratulations to the first week raffle winners. The survey can be taken in English or Spanish. Take it as soon as possible to be entered into next week's drawing. Listed below are the prizes for this week and the coming weeks.

Week 2 (March 13-17)

  • WooSox tickets (2)
  • 1 month UMass Chan gym membership
  • Escape Room tickets

Week 3 (March 20-24)

  • 1 month of free parking
  • UMass Chan swag
  • ForHealth Consulting swag

Week 4 (March 27-31)

  • UMass Chan swag
  • ForHealth Consulting swag
  • WooSox tickets (2)

More news from DIO


Meet Geoffrey L. Cohen, PhD, the author of this year’s Diversity Campus Read, Belonging: The Science of Creating Connection and Bridging Divides, on Wednesday, April 19, at 2 p.m. as he discusses themes from his book. Free copies of the book are available from the library and Diversity and Inclusion Office. Reading resources are available here.  

The Committee on Equal Opportunity and Diversity (CEOD) works for the development of an inclusive and just institution. Co-chaired by a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Office and a nominated member, the committee's work is accomplished through advocacy, service and education subcommittees. Contact to inquire about joining the CEOD.

Affinity groups are identity or shared interest groups where faculty and staff can foster a community of collegiality and support. Whether you share in a group’s identity or interest, affinity groups are open to everyone to build relationships.

Colorful Voices Network is a POC-centered, DIO- and employee-led community established to provide a forum for employees to develop skills; network; and support key diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.


AALANA, which represents African American, Latinx, Asian and Native American people, seeks to support and advance faculty of color through collaboration, celebration and knowledge.

The POC (People of Color) Affinity Group aims to create a safe space where those who have experienced structural oppression, marginalization and/or other microaggressions can share their experiences with others who have a shared sense of identity.

LGBTA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Allies) supports LGBTA faculty, staff and students in the university community. The group works to create a visible network of support and serves as a resource for the UMass Chan LGBT community.

The Professional Women’s Group seeks to create an inclusive team-based environment which is conducive to cross-cultural collaboration, promotes salary equity, and creates synergies to encourage and foster professional and personal growth and development for women.

The Disabilities Group supports UMass Chan's long-standing commitment to a welcoming and accessible environment to assure that individuals with disabilities may participate in all of the benefits and opportunities afforded to the university community.


The UMass Chan Post-doc Association (UMPA) promotes network building among current and former postdocs to foster community and belonging at UMass Chan and in the Worcester community.

The purpose of the UMass Chan Veterans Affinity Group is to encourage each other through shared experiences, veteran recruitment, career development, outward engagement, professional growth and retention.

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