Council for Diversity and Inclusion Monthly Meeting 
January 25, 2021 – 12pm-1pm 

The mission of the Council for Diversity and Inclusion is to serve as a college-wide forum and recognized resource to support the efforts of the College of Medicine to realize the benefits of diversity and inclusion in medicine and the biomedical sciences. The Council develops, implements, and evaluates diversity initiatives that promote its mission. 

Human Library Project – Bring Your Own Story 
January 26, 2021 – 12pm-1pm 

Learn more about your fellow COM colleagues at the Human Library Project – Bring your Own Story event. The COM Human Library Projecaims to: 

  • establish a safe conversational space where difficult questions are expected 
  • challenge societal prejudices wherever and for whatever reasons they occur 
  • help people form a better understanding of those with who they share their communities 
  • demonstrate how vulnerability can create new relationships, understanding, and belonging 
  • promote open, honest, and respectful dialogue within the internal community 

Our Human Library Project covers topics that fall under the 8 Pillars of Prejudice: Religious Beliefs, Sexuality, Ethnicity, Occupation, Lifestyle, Social Status, Health and Disability, and Political Conviction. We invite you to explore our collection of Human Books

NWDLS: Heightening Inclusive Values & Behaviors  
January 27, 2021 – 12pm-2pm 

Most organizations have value statements. Some have behaviors. Participants will get into “good trouble and necessary trouble” in this session by examining organizational values and behaviors. Do they align with Inclusion? With being Anti-racist? Are all values visible, or are some hidden? Are systemic inequities buried in them?  

Workshop participants will leave with tools and techniques to help their organizations assess their values and behaviors, to make them more relevant, more lived, more inclusive of a diverse workforce. Learn more. 

ZORA STEM Conference 
January 29, 2021 

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.  

Black History Month  
February 2021 

Every February, the nation observes the contributions African Americans have made to help shape US history. 

Council for Diversity and Inclusion Monthly Meeting 
February 22, 2021 – 12pm-1pm 

The mission of the Council for Diversity and Inclusion is to serve as a college-wide forum and recognized resource to support the efforts of the College of Medicine to realize the benefits of diversity and inclusion in medicine and the biomedical sciences. The Council develops, implements, and evaluates diversity initiatives that promote its mission. 

Women’s History Month 
March 2021 

The month of March is reserved to commemorate and celebrate the vital role and contributions that women have made in American history. 

NWDLS: Leveraging the Roots of Resistance for Inclusive Transformation  
March 17, 2021 – 12pm-2pm 

Not everyone views a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace as positive. Resistance to change is not unusual—it’s part of the landscape. Getting into “good trouble and necessary trouble” in this session involves learning about and engaging resistance to systemic equity—on the part of individuals and organizations. Some of the issues to explore include fear of the browning of America, loss of white status, power, and privilege, the disruption of social cohesion, conflict between individual and collective worldviews, how people adopt change, and polarity thinking.  

Workshop participants will leave with greater empathy, as well as strategies and tactics, for leveraging resistance towards transformative change. Learn more. 

Council for Diversity and Inclusion Monthly Meeting 
March 22, 2021 – 12pm-1pm 

The mission of the Council for Diversity and Inclusion is to serve as a college-wide forum and recognized resource to support the efforts of the College of Medicine to realize the benefits of diversity and inclusion in medicine and the biomedical sciences. The Council develops, implements, and evaluates diversity initiatives that promote its mission. 

New Dimension Charter School-IPE 
April 2021 

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. 

Council for Diversity and Inclusion Monthly Meeting 
April 26, 2021 – 12pm-1pm 

The mission of the Council for Diversity and Inclusion is to serve as a college-wide forum and recognized resource to support the efforts of the College of Medicine to realize the benefits of diversity and inclusion in medicine and the biomedical sciences. The Council develops, implements, and evaluates diversity initiatives that promote its mission. 

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 
May 2021 

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

NWDLS: Negotiating with Power 
May 19, 2021 – 12pm-2pm 

When social advocates approach people in power for support, resources, or sponsorship, how prepared are we to listen for clues, discover interests, or enlist their involvement? Getting into “good trouble, necessary trouble” in this session involves engaging people in power in creative ways.  

Workshop participants will learn effective negotiation tactics, how to clarify the powerholder’s interests and needs, their self interest in equity, and what ideas and solutions they might find agreeable and desirable. Learn more. 

Council for Diversity and Inclusion Monthly Meeting 
May 24, 2021 – 12pm-1pm 

The mission of the Council for Diversity and Inclusion is to serve as a college-wide forum and recognized resource to support the efforts of the College of Medicine to realize the benefits of diversity and inclusion in medicine and the biomedical sciences. The Council develops, implements, and evaluates diversity initiatives that promote its mission. 

Pride Month 
June 2021 

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. 

Council for Diversity and Inclusion Monthly Meeting 
June 28, 2021 – 12pm-1pm 

The mission of the Council for Diversity and Inclusion is to serve as a college-wide forum and recognized resource to support the efforts of the College of Medicine to realize the benefits of diversity and inclusion in medicine and the biomedical sciences. The Council develops, implements, and evaluates diversity initiatives that promote its mission. 

NWDLS: Being an Anti-Racist Organization  
June 30, 2021 – 12pm-2pm 

By early June of 2020, 76% of Americans saw racial and ethnic discrimination as a “big problem,” a significant increase from only 50% in 2015. Getting into “good trouble, necessary trouble” in this session means righting the boat, plugging the leaks, taking up the oars—being an advocate, an accomplice, for “anti-racism”—NOW!  

As an advocate/accomplice, you learn how to analyze and discover racial disparities in systems, policies, practices, processes and preferences. You learn how to communicate your findings. You hold your organization accountable for abolishing racial disparities. You create a sense of urgency.  

Workshop participants will take away processes and tools they can share with their co-workers. They will leave with a clear understanding of what it means to be an Anti-racist organization, and an anti-racist champion. Learn more. 

2021 Health Leaders Summer Academy 
July 2021 

Orange, Seminole, and Osceola County high school students are invited to apply for the Health Leaders Summer Academy, an annual week-long program for those with an interest in pursuing a career in the health field. Learn more. 

Council for Diversity and Inclusion Monthly Meeting 
August 23, 2021 – 12pm-1pm 

The mission of the Council for Diversity and Inclusion is to serve as a college-wide forum and recognized resource to support the efforts of the College of Medicine to realize the benefits of diversity and inclusion in medicine and the biomedical sciences. The Council develops, implements, and evaluates diversity initiatives that promote its mission. 

Hispanic Heritage Month 
September 15-October 15, 2021 

Every year from September 15 through October 15 we observe Hispanic/Latina/o/x Heritage Month to recognize and celebrate the cultures and contributions of Hispanic/Latina/o/x Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. 

Council for Diversity and Inclusion Monthly Meeting 
September 27, 2021 – 12pm-1pm 

The mission of the Council for Diversity and Inclusion is to serve as a college-wide forum and recognized resource to support the efforts of the College of Medicine to realize the benefits of diversity and inclusion in medicine and the biomedical sciences. The Council develops, implements, and evaluates diversity initiatives that promote its mission. 

NWDLS: Walking the Equity Talk: Development & Advancement 
September 29, 2021 – 12pm-2pm 

What’s the problem here? “Managers have not elevated or promoted diverse employees!”  

Getting into “good trouble, necessary trouble” in this session involves employees engaging with managers. Participants will be part of a negotiation between real managers and real employees about development and advancement of diverse employees. Managers will be invited to share their circumstances and realities. Employees will be invited to share their lived experiences, their challenges. With facilitators, each group will engage in “what ifs”—what might be alternatives for managers? What might be alternatives for employees?  

Workshop participants leave with ideas and strategies to achieve better outcomes for developing and advancing diverse employees. Learn more. 

Diversity Week 2021 
October 2021 

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. 

Council for Diversity and Inclusion Monthly Meeting 
October 25, 2021 – 12pm-1pm 

The mission of the Council for Diversity and Inclusion is to serve as a college-wide forum and recognized resource to support the efforts of the College of Medicine to realize the benefits of diversity and inclusion in medicine and the biomedical sciences. The Council develops, implements, and evaluates diversity initiatives that promote its mission. 

NWDLS: Belonging in Organizations— Elusive or Achievable  
November 10, 2021 – 12pm-2pm 

Belonging is identified as a key driver of Inclusion (McKinsey, 2020). But what does it really mean? How is it achieved? Getting into “good trouble, necessary trouble” in this session means hearing from real people—their stories. We’ll invite participants to join in—what are their “lived experiences” when it comes to that feeling of Belonging? What makes it happen, what doesn’t? Having this backdrop, facilitated discussions will identify creative ideas for fostering Belonging, realizing its benefits, so that it truly becomes a driver of Inclusion. Learn more. 

Council for Diversity and Inclusion Monthly Meeting 
November 2021 – 12pm-1pm 

The mission of the Council for Diversity and Inclusion is to serve as a college-wide forum and recognized resource to support the efforts of the College of Medicine to realize the benefits of diversity and inclusion in medicine and the biomedical sciences. The Council develops, implements, and evaluates diversity initiatives that promote its mission.