On behalf of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, we warmly invite you to take part in our annual College of Medicine Diversity Week 2021 celebrations, Monday Oct 18 – Friday Oct 22.

This is a dedicated week to highlight the diversity that makes our UCF COM community and our nation so great. Please join us this week to celebrate our individuality, similarities, and differences that make up our COM community – you may do so either in-person or virtually, there’s something for everyone!

2021 Event Line-Up

Diversity Podcast Project
Monday, October 18 – 12:00pm-1:00pm

Meet the College’s new director for health equity education, Dr. Innocent Akujuobi, for live discussion and Q&A around the risks of lacking diversity in healthcare. Hosted by the ODEI Programs Coordinator, Jay Anderson, this dialogue will be one in a series for our new diversity podcast project.

Register at https://ucfmed.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAkd-2oqjIvE9ewd-_s1W84LRiHnGFLQ9kR.

Be sure to check out the COM Health Sciences Library DEI Guide to hear more of our Diversity Week 2021 podcasts featuring distinguished guests Dr. Lindsey Warner and Dr. Lisa Meeks. The topics will explore LGBTQIA+ and disabilities in healthcare.

Poverty Simulator
Tuesday, October 19 – 12:00pm-1:00pm

For many millions of hard-working families, the basic ingredients for a good life are increasingly beyond their reach. Almost one in four working families doesn’t earn enough to provide for their families. An alarming 25% of teenagers will not graduate on time, imperiling their chances to make a successful transition to adulthood. Only one in three adults can be considered healthy, based on risk factor data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and more than 49 million Americans lack even basic health insurance.

In this simulation, you will experience the same unexpected dilemmas and choices that millions of families living in poverty face every day. What decisions would you make given limited resources?

Register at https://ucfmed.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYkceqoqz8pEtIMNtRhTwn-YXKp_AaB5Bd8.

Cultural Showcase
Wednesday, October 20 – 12:00pm-1:00pm
COM Piazza

Join your colleagues for lunch, music, and dance on the COM Piazza. The Arts in Medicine at UCF COM student group invites all students, faculty, and staff to join in and share their musical talents! Please sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4EA5A828A1F9C43-musical.

While enjoying the performances, visit the El Cubanito Subs food truck and enjoy a dish with our COM family outside on the green in front of the Medical Education Building. Secure your spot for a discounted lunch: https://forms.office.com/r/uMpbTBMM98.
*Final price TBD based on number of participants, but expect about $6 credit/person. Vegetarian and vegan options will be available. The food truck will be parked behind the BSBS building on the east side pathway of the Tavistock Green from 11am-2pm.

*In the event of inclement weather, we will move into the Auditorium (masks and social distancing will be in place).

Human Library Project
Thursday, October 21 – 12:00pm-1:00pm

Everyone at COM has a unique life experience and sharing our stories helps us build a more inclusive community. The Health Sciences Library is proud to partner with the COM Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to host another Human Library Project Event. This series of events features personal stories from our COM colleagues that challenge societal stigmas and stereotypes. Presentations featured during this series will become a part of the UCF COM Human Library project collection.

This year’s Diversity Week session will share personal stories and journeys from a UCF/GME resident and a COM medical student.

Register at https://forms.gle/nWKFzG3z5jkNPrGq5.

Grand Rounds – Transgender Collaborative Care
Friday, October 22 – 12:00pm-1:00pm

In this  session, Dr. Slimani will discuss the components of primary care evaluation for Transgender patients; Dr. Weber will describe the processes and work flow of a Collaborative Transgender clinic at UCF Health, and Dr. Mehta will review the epidemiology and mental health burden borne by Transgender patients and provide tips on how to make clinical practices more inclusive.

Register at https://ucfmed.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUkcuGsqz0uG9V2BDdEpIFW2qoZzL5zCKJQ.

Celebrate at Your Leisure
October 18 – October 22, 2021

Diversity Table

Be sure to visit the Diversity Table in the atrium of the Medical Education Building for resources, giveaways, and information on Diversity Week events.

Free Response Board

Visit the Diversity Week Free Response Board in the atrium of the Medical Education Building and share about yourself and your experiences.

Diversity BINGO

Get to know your COM colleagues through this fun and interactive Diversity Week BINGO Scavenger Hunt competition! Download the BINGO card and spend the week finding colleagues that identify with any given BINGO card space. Identify someone at the COM who matches a BINGO space and have them initial that space on the BINGO card. Once you have 5 BINGO spaces initialed in a row (horizontal, vertical, or diagonal line), submit your card (and supporting photo, if applicable) to ucfcomdiversity@ucf.edu. BINGO cards and photos must be submitted by Friday, October 22 at 5pm. Winners will receive a special prize! Download your BINGO card here.

Diversity Cookbook

Travel with us around the world on an international cuisine adventure! You are invited to share your favorite international dish and recipe tips in our very own College of Medicine Diversity Cookbook. Showcase your best appetizers, main courses, desserts, beverages, and more from across the pond or help us relax with some island fare! Co-authors will receive a special prize from the ODEI as a thank you for participation. At the end of the week, ODEI will compile the collection of recipes through the creation of our very own electronic cookbook. Visit https://bit.ly/diversitycookbook to share your recipe today! Recipes should be submitted by Friday, October 22 at 5pm.


Be a Change Agent

Do your part to embrace, enhance, and promote the culture of diversity and inclusion in the UCF COM and medical field.

Leadership Development

Access to in-depth and engaging DEI professional development opportunities.

Professional Skills

Enhance and refine your professional credentials and receive a certificate of completion and college-wide recognition (virtual badge, pin, and website feature).

Career Fulfillment

Develop interpersonal relationships and gain a better understanding of your colleagues, patients, and students that will enhance the quality of your work and relationships with others

Learn more at https://med.ucf.edu/diversity-and-inclusion/cdi/diversity-champion/.