On February 3, 2017, the Office for Diversity and Inclusion launched the first annual School of Medicine Diversity Fair, as a celebratory conclusion to Diversity Day. Designed to highlight the diversity of culture, background, and experience present in the UAB School of Medicine, the Fair featured multicultural food booths designed and presented by the departments within the School, as well as UAB Medicine's Marketing and Communications department. 2.3.17 UAB Diverstiy Fair web res dms 15

The Birmingham Girls Choir and an international jazz band performed, and local artists showcased their artwork. Local slam poets, led by Brian Voice Porter, performed original work. Several hundred School of Medicine faculty and staff, as well as their families, attended the event, filling the lobby and upstairs of the Comprehensive Cancer Center. 

Many School of Medicine department members staffed their tables wearing traditional garb from another country; tables featured decorations, maps, and local cuisine. Each booth was evaluated by judges, who awarded marks based on creativity, aesthetics, presentation, and taste. The Department of Emergency Medicine and Department of Microbiology tied for first place, receiving gift cards valued at $250 for a meal at a local restaurant. 

"UAB School of Medicine enjoys a wealth of diversity, with faculty, staff, trainees and students from all over the country and all over the world," says Mona Fouad, M.D., MPH, Senior Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion for the School of Medicine. "The Fair provided us with an opportunity to recognize and celebrate that diversity."