ZORA Stem Conference

Friday, January 31 – 8:00am-3:00pm – Orange Technical College

Each year at the end of January, the City of Eatonville hosts the ZORA! Festival to celebrate the life of Zora Neale Hurston, the historic significance of Eatonville, and the cultural contributions of African ancestries. The event is a multi-day production of public talks, museum exhibitions, theatrical productions, arts education programs, and more.

As part of the ZORA! Festival, the Annual ZORA! STEM Conference provides an opportunity for middle school students attending Title I schools to engage in science,  technology, engineering, and math workshops. UCF College of Medicine students facilitate an “Adventures in Medicine” workshop to expose students to medical science and the physician-training process.

African American Heritage Month

Wednesday, February 26 – 11:45am-1:00pm – COM 116

Every February, the nation observes the contributions African Americans have made to help shape US history. This year, the College of Medicine’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion will recognize African American Heritage Month through the production of a keynote address followed by a Q&A panel.

Title: The importance of understanding cultural humility and suspend bias and prejudice in practicing healthcare to foster positive health outcome.

Keynote Speaker: Tom Hall, Ph.D. Director – Coalition for a Drug-Free Community at Orange County Government


Interfaith Forum

Postponed – TBA

Interfaith Engagement and Practice: Healing and Comfort for the Community

Faith and medicine, and faith in medicine, are not new topics. Sometimes absent from these important conversations is a specific focus on how the medical community can support interfaith recognition and conversation both within medical facilities and within the broader community. This discussion will raise important questions and identify potential answers. The discussion will be grounded in actual practice and experience of panelists and will include local examples such as response to and aftermath of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. 

The central question of the interactive session: How can medical professionals help facilitate healing and comfort of the community through interfaith engagement and practice? 

The session will include an opening address and moderation by Dr. Thomas Bryer, Professor in the School of Public Administration at UCF, and will include engaging discussion with an interfaith panel involving clergy or religious personalities from multiple faiths and perspectives. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate in this dialogue to share knowledge and experience, and learn from one another.

New Dimensions – IPE Workshop

TBA – April

Every year, the College of Medicine provides students with an interest in sciences at New Dimensions High School (NDHS), an opportunity to gain exposure to COM through a series of workshops and activities. COM faculty and staff provide interactive mini-lectures and insights for navigating the college admissions process, while medical students share their stories about their desire to become doctors, followed by a tour of the COM.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

TBA – May

The month of May is reserved to pay tribute to the American history, culture, and tradition of Asian and Pacific Islanders.

Pride Month

TBA – June

Annually, during the month of June, we observe Pride Month to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals have had on history world-wide.

Health Leaders Summer Academy

TBA – July

The Health Leaders Summer Academy (HLSA) is a one-week hands-on educational summer experience, sponsored by the College of Medicine’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, for high school sophomore students who have a strong interest in pursuing a career in medicine. Each year a group of students will have the opportunity to gain exposure to COM faculty, staff, and students in a series of activities and workshops to enhance their skills and understanding in medicine.

Practicing with Pride

TBA – August

LatinX Heritage Month

TBA – September/October

From September 15 to October 15, we celebrate of the cultures and contributions of all people of Latin American origin or descent.

Diversity Week

TBA – October

Diversity Week occurs annually during the 2nd or 3rd week of October, which celebrates the diversity within the UCF community, in addition to illustrating the importance of diversity. It gives the UCF College of Medicine an opportunity to see that we are more alike than we are different. Activities, events, and learning experiences provide faculty, staff, and students a safe and non-threatening means for getting to know each other.