Fall 2018 Diversity Events & Initiatives

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On behalf of the initiative for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences at Boston University School of Medicine, we welcome you to campus for the start of the Fall 2018 semester!

Here at GMS, we believe that an enriching educational experience is strengthened by diversity of thought which in turn drives the forces of innovation. As we strive to create an inclusive and diverse community, we look forward to enhancing your experiences at GMS and beyond.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 | 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM | Main Instructional Building, L-109
GMS DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION | Underrepresented Minority (URM)* Fall Networking Reception
This reception will be an opportunity to network, learn more about GMS’s commitment to diversity and share your thoughts on how we can work together to foster an inclusive environment that celebrates the richness of our GMS community.
*Individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown by the National Science Foundation to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis (Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders). In addition, URM include individuals with disabilities, who are defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, as described in the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Please click here to RSVP.
You may also be interested in the below events taking place at Boston University this semester:

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 | 1–2:15 PM | Hiebert Lounge
SPH DEAN’S SEMINAR | Transgender Rights Ballot Battle: What’s at Stake?

Mason Dunn, Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, Freedom for All Massachusetts Campaign; Iris Olson (SPH’19), Boston University School of Public Health Activist Lab; and Jennifer Siegel, Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery, Boston Medical Center. Cohosted with Boston University School of Public Health Activist Lab.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 | 4:30–6 PM | Bakst Auditorium
SPH DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION SEMINAR: Impostor Syndrome: Why Capable People Suffer and How to Thrive in Spite of It

From CEOs to PhDs to acclaimed actors, millions of people secretly worry they’re not as bright or as capable as they are perceived to be. This is known as the “Impostor Syndrome.” Valerie Young, author of The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It, will discuss the reasons why accomplished individuals feel as though they are “faking it,” and will provide insight and tools on how to eliminate this thought pattern.
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Wednesday, October 10, 2018 | 12-2 PM | 1 Silber Way, 9th floor, Metcalf Trustee Ballroom
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Wednesday, October 10, 2018 | 4:30–6 PM | Hiebert Lounge
Drawing on stereotype threat and social identity threat research, this forum will address the why, what, and how of diverse learning communities: why they are important, a working hypothesis about what is critical to their success, and what research reveals about how to achieve that success. The talk’s practical aim is to identify the features of diverse learning communities—schools, universities, and academic disciplines—which, while good for all students, are especially helpful for minority students generally and for women in STEM fields. The forum will also explore the psychological significance of community and its role in learning.
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Tuesday, October 23, 2018 10-11:30 AM| 765 Commonwealth Avenue, Barristers Hall
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Thursday, November 15, 2018 12-2 PM | 8 St. Mary’s Street, Colloquium Room
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Wednesday, December 12, 2018 | 4:30–6 PM (doors open at 4 PM) | Hiebert Lounge
Asian Americans are the fastest growing racial/ethnic group, and have surpassed Latinos as the largest wave of new immigrants to the United States.  Despite perceptions of high household incomes and educational attainment, health disparities persist, and few studies reflect the heterogeneity in their health risk factors and behaviors. In California, type 2 diabetes prevalence is highest among Pacific Islanders, Filipinos and South Asians, exceeding rates among Latinos, African-Americans and Native Americans; gestational diabetes prevalence follows similar patterns. Biological factors explain some of their excess risk for type 2 diabetes, but social determinants including socioeconomic disadvantage, childhood malnutrition, sleep insufficiency, and limited social connectedness play important roles, and opportunities for public health intervention.
Questions? Please contact Farrah Belizaire at farrahab@bu.edu.

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