IUSM marks MLK Jr. Day with diversity speakers, celebration dinner table

January 15, 2015

Terrell Strayhorn, Ph.D.; Kameron Leigh Matthews, M.D., JD; and Jonathan Warus, M.D. | Photo By IUSM Office of Diversity Affairs

The week of Jan. 19 will welcome three more events in the 13th annual Diversity Month speakers series, which launched Jan. 12.

Established in 2003, the IUSM Diversity Week speaker series was created to focus attention to the issues of diversity in medical education, including disparities in health care access, infant mortality rates and the lack of underrepresented minorities in U.S. medical schools and in practice. The program aims to create an open and honest dialog between minority and non-minority students, faculty, community leaders and patients. Next week's events include:

  • Jan. 21: Terrell Strayhorn, Ph.D., professor and director of the Center for Higher Education Enterprise at the Ohio State University, will speak on developing a sense of belonging among students as a key to educational success from noon to 1 p.m. in the Eskenazi Hospital Auditorium.
  • Jan 22:  Safe Space Training for all faculty, learners, and staff interested in developing welcoming environments for LGBT individuals will be presented by the IUPUI Office of Social Justice Education from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Glick Eye Institute, Room 103.
  • Jan. 23: Kameron Leigh Matthews, M.D., JD, chief medical officer of the University of Illinois Health Mile Square Health Center and co-director of the Tour of Diversity in Medicine, will speak on mentoring, recruitment and retention of medical students from noon to 1 p.m. in Emerson Hall, Room 304.

Dr. Matthews will also participate in "The Physician's Role as Community Trustee: Intersections of Health and Community Responsibility," a panel discussion at 5:30 p.m. in the Eskenazi Hospital Rapp Conference Room to discuss solutions to racial inequities in the nation's healthcare system.

Additional Diversity Month speakers include Jonathan Warus, M.D., a resident in pediatrics at the IU School of Medicine, who will present "LGBT Health Disparities and Clinical Strategies" from 8 to 9 a.m.  Wednesday, Jan. 28, in the Riley Outpatient Center Auditorium, and Mary Guerriero Austrom, Ph.D., Wesley P. Martin professor of Alzheimer Disease Education associate dean of Diversity Affairs at the IU School of Medicine, who will present a Stepping Stones of Women in Leadership lecture from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p. m. Thursday, Jan. 29, in the Walter J. Daly Center.

In addition, the IUSM Office of Diversity Affairs will recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 19 with a table for IUSM faculty, staff, residents postdocs and students at the 2015 46th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Dinner. The IUPUI Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Dinner, hosted by the IUPUI Black Student Union, is one of Indianapolis' longest-running events honoring the civil rights leader, at 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, at the Indiana Roof Ballroom, 140 W. Washington St. This year's keynote speaker is journalist, educator, hip-hop generation intellectual and Ebony Power 100 honoree Marc Lamont Hill, Ph.D. Registration for the table is full.

Diversity Month will end with open house from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, in the Office of Diversity Affairs, VanNuys Medical Science Building, Room 209.

The monthslong event is sponsored by the IUSM Office of Diversity Affairs in partnership with the IUSM Diversity Council and IUSM Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development.