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In an effort to foster and preserve an educational environment that is both inclusive and diverse, the School of Medicine created and funded OMA in 2015 in the Office of Admissions/Student Affairs. Initial efforts focused on retention and recruitment of students from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine (URiM). In 2018, the OMA was elevated to the School of Medicine’s Office of the Dean, with Bennetta Horne as its inaugural director, with an expanded focus to maximize impact on recruitment, retention, support, and maintenance of a diverse faculty as well as student population. The OMA will be moving to a larger physical space within the School of Medicine and adding staff to accommodate expanded programming.
Since 2017, OMA has sponsored semiannual Grand Rounds on diversity, inclusion, bias, and cultural competency, with an outside speaker invited to focus on a specific topic. These school-wide events are open to all members of the School of Medicine’s community, and are often followed by targeted health care diversity workshops, focusing on the individual speaker’s specialties and research interests. OMA Grand Rounds have included:
Implicit Bias and Cultural Competency Training
To help foster a campus-wide culture of respect and inclusion, the Office of Multicultural Affairs offers Bias and Cultural Competency Training during new faculty orientation every year, and similar training to student groups. In 2018, Office of Multicultural Affairs Director Bennetta Horne met individually with the chairs and administrators of each department to discuss diversity policies and procedures for the recruitment and retention of faculty. OMA arranged for Dr. Loretta Overaye to provide Implicit Bias, Cultural Competency, and Equity, Diversity, Inclusion trainings to small groups of the leadership and staff members from several departments. Ms. Horne has continued to offer similar trainings on a larger scale to further the discussions resulting from Dr. Overaye’s initial presentation.