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There's lots going on at CDI and OHSU around diversity! OHSU members can check the O2 calendar for diversity-related events available to members.
Many OHSU committees, groups and trainings are now virtual! Check OHSU Now for the latest news and events from the Employee Resource Groups and university-wide events.

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OHSU Observes Juneteenth: A Sankofa Series

Sankofa expresses the importance of reaching back to knowledge gained in the past and bringing it into the present in order to make positive progress. CDI invites you to go on a journey with us as we look back to move forward, toward wellness.

Here's what's in store:

MONDAY, JUNE 14: "A Conversation on Juneteenth: What is it and why we observe," a panel discussion hosted by CDI and featuring BERG co-chair Megan Jones, SON Dean of Diversity Dr. Karen Reifenstein and Zahra Abukar, a mental health professional from the Intercultural Psychiatry Program. Noon to 1 p.m.

TUESDAY, JUNE 15: Dr. Ali Olyaei, DEI advocate and OHSU kidney and pancreas specialist, on the intersection of BIPOC health. Noon to 1 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16: Wellness Wednesday. Do whatever feels right during this time for yourself. Noon to 1 p.m.

THURSDAY, JUNE 17: "Reflections on Juneteenth," Dr. Monique Hedmann, a class of 2020 OHSU School of Medicine alumnus, will reflect on what Juneteenth means as a Black student leader in academia. She will speak about her journey from medical school to her current role as a Family Medicine resident at Harbor-UCLA. Noon to 1 p.m.

FRIDAY, JUNE 18: Wellness Resources Fair, a close to the week’s events with information/presentations from OHSU’s Employee Assistance Program/Spark Wellness and the Racial Trauma webpage, making the link between historical and present-day harms experienced in this country by people in Black bodies (as well as other historically marginalized groups) and then a mindfulness exercise. Noon to 1:30 p.m.

All of the events will be live-streamed HERE.

These events may also be accessed with closed captioning

Past events

Faculty Development Training: Inclusive Online Class Climate Webinar

At these trying times, it is increasingly important to create an inclusive learning environment for our learners. This looks different in an online platform than in face-to-face learning environments. What does diversity look like online? What can we do to be inclusive and respectful of our students online? During this webinar, we will explore these issues and we will share best practices in course design, course delivery, and course assessment, and also what to avoid for remaining inclusive and respectful with our online learners. This webinar will be facilitated by Graciela Vidal, at the Educational Improvement and Innovation Office.

Watch the recording. If you have any questions, please email Graciela at

November 21, 2019

OHSU and the 2nd annual Sarah Anne and Erin Ford Braner Endowment and Lectureship are proud to welcome one of the nation’s leading experts on gun violence prevention, Daniel Webster, ScD, M.P.H., Bloomberg Professor of American Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The presentation:

  • Summarized the scope, nature and trends of gun violence in the U.S.
  • Discussed public health models relevant to gun violence prevention.
  • Presented research on the effectiveness of gun policies, restrictions on alcohol sales, interventions to reduce blight and improve the physical environment in urban communities, and approaches to reducing gun violence in urban communities.

About the speaker:
Daniel Webster, ScD, M.P.H., directs the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research and serves as co-lead of the Violence Prevention Workgroup of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative. Dr. Webster has published over 120 articles on topics including gun policy, violence prevention, youth violence, intimate partner violence, suicide, and substance abuse. He is the lead editor and a contributor to Reducing Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013). Dr. Webster’s research has informed policies to reduce gun violence at the local, state, and federal level. He previously led Baltimore’s Homicide Review Commission and now leads the Johns Hopkins-Baltimore Collaborative for Violence Reduction.

About the Sarah Anne and Erin Ford Braner Endowment:
The endowment was established by Mary DeFrank Braner, M.D., and Dana Braner, M.D., F.A.A.P., F.C.C.M., Credit Unions for Kids chair and professor of pediatrics (critical care), OHSU School of Medicine, and physician-in-chief, OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. It was named for their children with a goal of improving education, awareness, interventions and policies to reduce the human cost of gun violence, especially to our children.

Watch the recording of the lecture.

November 6, 2019

This year's Laurel Case Lecture featured Eliseo Perez-Stable, M.D., Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.

Dr. Perez-Stable's expertise spans a broad range of health disparities disciplines. His research interests have centered on improving the health of racial and ethnic minorities and underserved populations, advancing patient-centered care, improving cross-cultural communication skills among health care professionals, and promoting diversity in the biomedical research workforce.

Prior to becoming National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities director, Dr. Perez-Stable built a career at the University of California, San Francisco, where he was a professor of medicine, chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine, and director of the Center for Aging in Diverse Communities.

October 10, 2019

OHSU was pleased to host Quinn Capers, M.D., Dean of Admissions and Professor of Medicine at the Ohio State University College of Medicine and Program Director of Interventional Radiology at Wexner Medical Center. Dr. Capers is nationally known for his presentations, scholarly papers and workshops on addressing implicit bias in admissions and his insights and strategies around creating an inclusive culture that promotes not only recruitment but retention of diverse learners, faculty and staff. Read about his visit and some key takeaways.

June 20, 2019

The advance screening and panel discussion of the documentary, “Behind the Bullet," offered attendees an in-depth look at four people who pulled the trigger and the profound impact it’s had on their lives. Winner of the 2019 Sunscreen Film Festival for best documentary, the film reveals the complexity of each scenario, and describes the conflicting emotions and moral injury that comes after a self-defense shooting, an accidental shooting or an unintentional shooting.

A discussion following the screening included the following esteemed panelists:

  • Dana Braner, M.D., F.A.A.P., F.C.C.M., professor of pediatrics (critical care), OHSU School of Medicine, and physician-in-chief, OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital

  • Yugen Rashad, coalition coordinator and health educator, Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH), Multnomah County Department of Health

  • June Vining, executive director, Trauma Intervention Program of Portland/Vancouver

  • Heidi Yewman, producer, "Behind the Bullet"

  • Facilitated by Kathleen Carlson, Ph.D., associate professor, Epidemology, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health

Watch the "Behind the Bullet" trailer.

Co-hosted by OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, OHSU Center for Diversity and Inclusion, and the OHSU Gun Violence as a Public Health Issue Advisory Committee

January 29, 2019

This year’s theme is Advancing Diversity and Equity: Making it meaningful to your life and work. The keynote speaker will be Laura Salerno Owens, a trial lawyer at Markowitz Herbold. Ms. Salerno Owens has served as the lead plaintiffs’ counsel in equal pay and gender discrimination class action against Nike, Inc.

In addition to the keynote address, there was a panel discussion about diversity and inclusion at OHSU and 13 facilitated lunch tables.

Visit the Women in Academic Medicine webpage for more information.

This conference was sponsored by OHSU School of Medicine, Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Office of the Provost, Center for Women's Health, and the School of Nursing.

January 17, 2019

The theme for this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” The quote comes from an African proverb. It’s a profound statement about collective social responsibility, and is a reflection of the teachings of Dr. King.

The event was a celebration of “firsts.” It featured OHSU’s first African-American president and the great-great-niece of the first Native American physician, and the keynote speaker was Fred Williams, M.D., neurosurgeon, Tuality Healthcare, the first African-American to be named president of the Oregon Medical Association.

Dr. Williams brought elements that captured Dr. King’s message of inclusion and equity – drawing upon stories from many cultures and ethnicities, including Chinese, Japanese, Native American and LGBTQ.

Britta Ameel, M.D., resident physician, Obstetrics and Gynecology, spoke about how her great-great-aunt, the first Native American physician, inspired her to become a doctor and help vulnerable populations.

OHSU President Danny Jacobs, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S., shared his journey through the segregation era and the first time he heard the proverb.

If you missed the celebration or wish to see it again, a recording is available online. You can view additional photos from the event on OHSU News Hub.

November 14, 2018

The OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, OHSU Department of Pediatrics and OHSU Center for Diversity and Inclusion hosted the live webcast and panel discussion titled "Keep us safe: Focusing our gun violence prevention efforts."

Presenters addressed the reasons for and the impact of the shift of policy and the public health approach to the state level, the issues surrounding the lack of research on key firearm issues, the translation of research findings to practice and the current role public health plays in addressing this critical public health issue.

This was broadcast of a live webcast by the American Public Health Association. 

November 5, 2018

The Henrietta Doltz Puhaty Lectureship is honored to welcome Thomas A. LaVeist, Ph.D., dean, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Dr. LaVeist has published more than 130 articles in scientific journals, focusing on the social and behavioral factors that impact health outcomes. His research focuses on minority health and cultural competency issues and racial disparities in health.

Presented by OHSU School of Nursing, OHSU School of Nursing Alumni Foundation, OHSU Center for Diversity and Inclusion, and Knight Cancer Institute.

Recordings of recent Puhaty lectures are available online.

October 17, 2018

More than 700 community members took part in the first OHSU Diversity Career Fair to learn about our growing diverse team of healthcare professionals, educators, researchers and staff. To join our OHSU team or to discover the opportunities available, visit the human resources department

October 17, 2018

Laurel Case Lecture and Visiting Professorship was pleased to welcome  Denise Rodgers, M.D., vice chancellor, Interprofessional Programs and director, Urban Health and Wellness Institute, Rutgers University.

The event was hosted by OHSU Family Medicine and supported by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

September 28, 2018

What must the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) community do to diversify who succeeds in our disciplines and related careers? John Matsui, Ph.D., assistant dean, Biological Sciences, director and co-founder, Biology Scholars Program, University of California, Berkeley, will share his insights and recommendations based on his 25+ years of work with University of California, Berkeley undergraduates in his Biology Scholars Program and his participation on national advisory boards on STEM diversity for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health.

Hosted by the Alliance for Visible Diversity in Science, Center for Diversity and Inclusion and OHSU School of Medicine.

A recording of the lecture is available online.

September 28, 2018

OHSU and the Sarah Anne and Erin Ford Braner Endowment and Lectureship are proud to welcome an internationally-recognized leader in public health and gun violence prevention, Deborah Prothrow-Stith, M.D., dean, College of Medicine, Charles R. Drew University.

As the inaugural speaker of the lectureship, Dr. Prothrow-Stith will discuss how violence affects public health, policies that address gun violence, risk factors involving our youth and strategies we can take together to keep our communities safe.

Hosted by OHSU Department of Pediatrics and Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

A recording of the lecture is available online.

Featured Event

Inclusive classroom

Faculty Development
 Online Class Climate Webinar

What does diversity look like online? What can we do to be inclusive and respectful of our students online? Learn more and register today for a session: 

  • Thursday July 2 at 4 p.m.
  • Monday July 6 at 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday July 7 at 8 a.m,

If none of these work for you, please still sign up and mark this option to receive the recording after these sessions. Questions: email Graciela Vidal