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Understanding Intersectionality: Bringing visibility to the experiences and perspectives of women of color

Academic medicine, and the country as a whole, is at a critical inflection point where massive change is needed. As we bolster our efforts to address the dual public health crises of COVID-19 and systemic racism, we must pay close attention to the role of intersectionality and acknowledge the limited visibility thus far of African American/Black women and all women of color regarding these issues. During this first part of a webinar series on various aspects of women of color, the speakers will explore foundational elements of intersectionality theory, share experiences from members of their community, and create dialogue on how institutions can maintain an intersectional lens as they continue their diversity, equity and inclusion journeys. This webinar kicks off a new collaboration on Women of Color between the Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS), the Group on Diversity and Inclusion (GDI) and other AAMC affinity groups.

Friday, August 7, 2020 12:00 p.m.

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion

School of Medicine Diversity and Equity

  • The SoM is committed to increasing the diversity of its student body for those from rural environments, under-represented racial groups and those who have experienced significant disadvantage or adversity; increasing diversity among our faculty ranks; and supporting learners, faculty and staff with resources and an inclusive culture.
  • View this site to learn more about diversity focused partnerships, services and initiatives.

OHSU Fact Book

  • The Fact Book, updated yearly, provides details about the breakdown of students, faculty, and staff by race/ethnicity and gender, as well as the numbers of underrepresented minorities across the various OHSU schools.
  • To see how OHSU compares to the rest of Oregon and other U.S. medical schools, you may want consult outside data sources, such as the Oregon Health Authority’s Office of Health Analytics Health Care Workforce Reporting site, or the AAMC Data & Reports resource.

The Northwest Native American Center of Excellence

  • Among the tasks of the NNACOE is to address the health care needs of all people by increasing Native American voice in the U.S. health professions workforce. Current and prospective faculty are encouraged to learn more about these initiatives, including faculty development efforts and the Wy'east Post Baccalaureate Pathway.

Transgender Health Program

  • The OHSU Transgender Health Program provides safe, comprehensive, affirming health care for the transgender and gender nonconforming communities. Learn more about services provided as part of this program, opportunities to volunteer, and much more.

Women in Academic Health and Medicine

  • The Women in Academic Health and Medicine Committee was established as a standing committee of the School of Medicine in 1993 to address issues of concern that affect women faculty including career advancement, career satisfaction, participation by women on decision-making bodies at OHSU, pay equity, discrimination, and parenting and schedule flexibility issues. Learn more about the successes of the committee, resources for women at OHSU that WAHM has compiled, and the annual Women's Leadership Conference.

Kaiser Permanente Diversity Mentorship Program

  • The Diversity Mentorship program is currently recruiting OHSU physician mentors in all areas and specialties.
  • If you are an OHSU physician who would like to mentor a medical student from a diverse or under-represented background, please contact Leslie Garcia, garcial@ohsu.edu.


  • CultureVision, an online resource, provides information about general cultural archetypes, practices, and preferences for ethnic, religious and other groups, ranging from people with specific disabilities, to racial groups, to faith traditions including Taoism and Atheism. Akin to a Wikipedia of culture, the tool is specially designed for health care but can help support interpersonal and professional interactions across mission settings. CultureVision is created by Cook Ross, Inc., creators of the OHSU Unconscious Bias curriculum. You can read more about CultureVision on the OHSU blog.
  • Cost: Free to OHSU faculty, students and staff. To access for free, navigate from O(under the Healthcare tab) or from Epic.

Foster Respectful and Equitable Education (F.R.E.E.)

  • This initiative intends to develop the learning environment to improve engagement, achievement, and motivation. As Conway et al explain, "Students are motivated to learn in positive environments and when they feel respected" (2011). Educators need to understand their learners' diverse cultural identity and use it to enrich everyone's education.
  • Cost: Free to OHSU faculty, students and staff.

Unconscious Bias Introductory Course

  • To build a diverse and inclusive community, OHSU launched a campus-wide initiative in January 2018 led by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. The first step is an engaging, thought-provoking course that teaches the nature of bias, its function in individuals and groups, and how awareness can lead to overcoming biases so that everyone can bring their strengths, skills and experiences to catalyze learning, discovery and healing. Work groups are encouraged to take the training together to strengthen diversity and inclusion within their respective units. To get started, fill out an inquiry form.
  • Time: Two hours
  • Cost: Free to OHSU employees

Inclusion Ambassadors Program

  • The Center for Diversity and Inclusion is developing an ambassador program in which key individuals in each work group will serve as collaborators to support continued learning opportunities for employees, share tools and best practices, and provide feedback. The Inclusion Ambassadors Program is an important part of the Unconscious Bias Campus-wide Initiative because ambassadors will help foster understanding beyond the initial two-hour training by ensuring learning becomes part of day-to-day work culture. Learn more by contacting CDI at cdi@ohsu.edu or 503-494-5657.

Additional Resources

Upcoming Events

OHSU Advocacy Webinar Series

The Oregon Health and Science University Confidential Advocacy Program (CAP) hosts this webinar series for healthcare providers, medical students, community-based, campus, and legal advocates, and Title IX coordinators focuses on culturally-competent & trauma-informed healthcare & support for survivors of sexual & relationship violence.

  • July 28th: Supporting Immigrants, Refugees, and Latinx Survivors: Anh Vu (IRCO& Immigration and Law: Sarah Purce (Catholic Charities)
  • August 25th: Supporting Survivors of Violence with Disabilities: Ashley Carroll and Shannon Rose (Multnomah County)
  • September 22nd: Supporting Indigenous Survivors: Annie Forsman-Adams (WomenSpirit Coalition)

To learn more about CAP, visit us at ohsu.edu/cap


Previous events

OHSU Advocacy Webinar Series

  • June 23rdHealth Impacts of Identity Bias, Trauma, and Violence: Intersections between Identity and Health Impacts of Domestic and Sexual ViolenceDr. Kali Cyrus, MD MPH (watch the recording here).

Black History Month Lectures

WAHM Annual Conference: Creating Structural Change to Promote Equity


Center for Diversity and Inclusion events

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion's events calendar provides opportunities for professional development and promotes cultural awareness and employee engagement to further enhance the community of inclusion at OHSU.

  • Time: Variable
  • Cost: Most lectures and events are free