Stand Up and Fight for the Safety and Wellness of our Diverse Community, June 11

Please join us for Stand Up and Fight for the Safety and Wellness of our Diverse Community. This forum is not only designed to engage in honest conversations about racism, but it also aims to establish purposeful actions that can bring positive change to all systems that play a role in the racist activities and negative interactions that many black and brown people encounter.

WHEN: Thursday, June 11 from 10-11:30 a.m.
WHERE: A Zoom invitation was sent via Outlook to the campus.

To join the honest conversation, please access the password protected Zoom link distributed via an Outlook invite by the Office of the President

Description: The presence of the systemic discrimination and racism that many experience during their lifetimes should be heartbreaking and intolerable to us all. Trying to find solutions for issues that many in our community face every day may be a daunting task, but if we don’t have honest conversations about them, we won’t be able to put in place actions to rid our communities, our systems and our nation of them. 

Each of us must do all that we can to positively change racism as an enterprise.

Who we are: NEOMED has long been an advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion, enacting a diversity plan, launching education for service scholarships, establishing a diversity council and conducting or hosting several events throughout the year. We believe actions matter most.

NEOMED’s Police Department was established to serve and protect all members of the NEOMED Community, ethically and equitably. The NPD has zero tolerance for hate crimes and racism. Their hiring process includes several steps to make sure they hire officers who not only value diversity, but who are compassionate and empathetic.

NEOMED is a thought leader in public health education. As a member of the Consortium of Eastern Ohio Master of Public Health programs, we have been at the forefront of the battle against social determinants of health and can do the same in the battle against “racism,” supporting the push to make it a public health concern.

NEOMED has also been an advocate for social justice, our Ohio Criminal Justice Coordinating Center of Excellence has long been a leader in the development of Crisis Intervention Team programs. While much of their work has focused on training police and reversing the trend of their treatment and criminalization of those with mental illness, such evidence-based training and best practices are designed to bring about cultural change in every community.

NEOMED is a medical university. And perhaps this is where we will have the biggest impact. Through our Human Values in Medicine longitudinal curriculum we are educating our future health professionals to enhance their structural competencies.

Stand Up and Fight for the Safety and Wellness of our Diverse Community.

Join Dr. John Langell and NEOMED students, faculty and staff who will be among the following panelists to lead a very frank conversation:

  • Andre Burton, J.D., Vice President for Human Resources and Diversity
  • Kali Meonske, Director of Public Safety/Chief of Police
  • Amy Lee, M.D., M.P.H, Program Director, Consortium of Eastern Ohio Master of Public Health
  • Julie M. Aultman, Ph.D., Director, Medical Ethics and Humanities Program
  • Ruth H. Simera, M.Ed., LSW, Executive Director, Coordinating Centers of Excellence
  • Laura Allen, rising M3 and SNMA President
  • Sonja Harris-Haywood, M.D., Clinical Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine and Associate Dean, College of Medicine
  • Diamanta Panford, rising M2
  • Joseph Zarconi, M.D., F.A.C.P., Clinical Director for Health Humanities Education Medical Director

Each of the panelists will briefly discuss systems or topics for which purposeful action is needed.

The rest of the discussion is up to you.

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