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HSC receives DiversityFIRST™ achievement award

Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 · Volume: XLV · Issue: 24

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Cherri Hicks, M.S.N., APRN, holds the DiversityFIRST™ Corporate Achievement Award presented to the UT Health Science Center Oct. 23.  Hicks chairs the university’s Committee for the Advancement of Women and Minorities.
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Cherri Hicks, M.S.N., APRN, holds the DiversityFIRST™ Corporate Achievement Award presented to the UT Health Science Center Oct. 23. Hicks chairs the university’s Committee for the Advancement of Women and Minorities. clear graphic

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By Rosanne Fohn

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio has received the 2012 DiversityFIRST™ Corporate Achievement Award from the Texas Diversity Council (TDC).

The award acknowledges a concerted effort by the Health Science Center to become a more inclusive and culturally sensitive organization.

“During the last couple of years we have seen the Health Science Center embrace the journey of incorporating diversity and inclusion,” said Angeles Valenciano, TDC’s vice president of business development.

Focusing on diversity
“The first step in advancing the new change is developing and communicating a shared understanding of diversity and its relationship to excellence. Thanks in part to the efforts of a task force formed (within the Committee for the Advancement of Women and Minorities) to develop a clear work plan, this goal is already evolving in their educational and health care delivery settings. The resulting plan reflects broad input from thought leaders from the UT Health Science Center as well as a continued partnership with the Texas Diversity Council,” she said.

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Cherri Hicks, M.S.N., APRN, CNS, clinical assistant professor in the School of Nursing, chairs the Health Science Center’s Committee for the Advancement of Women and Minorities (CAWM). Members of the committee represent a cross section of the Health Science Center community.

“We are an advisory committee to the president and we work with the vice president for academic, faculty and student affairs (Michael Gargano, Ed.D.),” Hicks said. “Our goal is to support and facilitate diversity on our campus. We are here to help celebrate the diversity we share and to support the advancement of women and minorities among all the schools,” she said.

Diversity website
The committee has instituted a new website, diversity.uthscsa.edu, that showcases events, resources and news related to diversity at the Health Science Center, as well as databases with information about diversity on campus.


Hilda Mejia Abreu, M.S., (left) visits with Kikanza J. Nuri-Robins, M.Div., Ed.D., an organizational development consultant who led the Culturally Proficient Health Care conference on campus this fall. Mejia Abreu led an interprofessional team of faculty members to present the conference to students from all the university’s schools.
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Hilda Mejia Abreu, M.S., (left) visits with Kikanza J. Nuri-Robins, M.Div., Ed.D., an organizational development consultant who led the Culturally Proficient Health Care conference on campus this fall. Mejia Abreu led an interprofessional team of faculty members to present the conference to students from all the university’s schools. clear graphic

 

Campus activities related to diversity
Some of the recent efforts and activities promoting diversity on campus include:
  • International Education Week — Sponsored by the International Relations Committee and Office of International Services, the event, featured a speaker who discussed how to get involved in foreign medical missions. The Dolph Briscoe Library is sponsoring a month-long photo exhibit in the Briscoe Library titled “The Many Faces of India.”

  • Greater San Antonio Healthcare Diversity Summit — Held Nov. 7, this summit was co-sponsored by the Texas Diversity Council and the School of Nursing. The conference featured speakers and panelists — some of them Health Science Center faculty members — representing different ethnicities, backgrounds and experiences, who spoke about the role of inclusion in health care excellence. Norma Martinez Rogers, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, clinical professor of Family and Community Health Systems in the School of Nursing, organized the summit on campus.

  • Culturally Proficient Health Care conference — This three-hour, interprofessional conference for nursing, dental, medical and health professions students was held Sept. 14 in the School of Nursing. Featuring organizational development consultant Kikanza J. Nuri-Robins, the conference explored the depth and breadth of cultural proficiency as a lifelong journey and its relationship to professional and personal life. The conference was organized by an interprofessional committee led by Hilda Mejia Abreu, M.S., associate dean for admissions and student services in the School of Nursing.

  • Multicultural calendar — Launched in 2010 by the School of Nursing, in collaboration with the Office of the President, the calendar lists significant dates and information about them to help increase awareness of holidays and holydays in various religions and cultures. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to consult the calendar when planning classes, events and celebrations to increase awareness of other cultures and sensitivity regarding special dates. In addition to the diversity webpage, the calendar is available on the portal in Quicklinks.

  • Community Service Learning Conference — The annual conference features national leaders in CSL, and showcases student and faculty projects that promote health science education through community collaborations. The conference is sponsored by the School of Medicine’s Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics, directed by Ruth Berggren, M.D.

  • Women’s Faculty Association — Monthly meetings are held on the first Friday of the month. Alina Maloyan, Ph.D., assistant professor/research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the School of Medicine, is president of the WFA.
Campus offices related to diversity
Also on the website are links to:Sharing and supporting diversity on campus
Hicks said that communication is essential to continue to develop diversity and inclusion at the Health Science Center. “We need your input about what is happening in your area related to diversity and how we can help support your efforts,” she said.

Contact Hicks at 210-567-3843.

 
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