Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Activities and Initiatives

2021

TRANSGENDER DAY OF REMEMBRANCE (TDoR) – November 20, 2021
TDoR was started in 1999 by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence since Rita Hester's death, and began an important tradition that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance. TDoR is an annual day of observance on November 20 that honors the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.

This is an opportunity not only to pause to remember those we have lost, but to help raise awareness about the persistent stigma and discrimination experienced by this community, and to help do something about it.

Please check out our resource to learn more about the lives lost to anti-transgender violence and the opportunity we have to meaningfully impact the transgender community here in Alabama.

For more information contact:
UAB Health System Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Email: UABDiversityandInclusion@uabmc.edu
Phone: 205.975.3334

UAB Gender Health Clinic:
Phone 205.975.2737

UAB 1917 Clinic:
Phone: 205.934.1917

DIVERSITY OPEN HOUSE – September 28, 2021

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH – September 28 - October 14, 2021
Dr. Grace Grau, a founder of the Alabama National Association of Hispanic Nurses (AL-NAHN), led events for Hispanic Heritage Month that included lunches featuring various Hispanic cuisine and the very popular Cafecito break hour.

30-DAY DEI REFLECTIVE MOMENT CHALLENGE – March 1 - April 5, 2021
15 DEI activities occurred over a 30-day period. Members of the STRIDE Task Force facilitated the sessions. This activity was designed to increase faculty and staff’s awareness of diversity, equity and inclusion, and awareness of self and others with dissimilar experiences and backgrounds, to aid in enacting authentic change within our School and beyond.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH PANEL – February 25, 2021
A Zoom webinar focused on diversity, equity and inclusion in nursing and health care and on how Black nurses can be supported and celebrated.Black history week thumb

COFFEE, COVID & JEOPARDY – February 10, 2021
2021 ODEI Community Month at the UAB School of Nursing was marked with a virtual Jeopardy game for faculty, staff and students. ADMIRE led a fun game of Jeopardy, which included six categories: COVID, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Coffee, and UAB Community.

DEI/WELLNESS SURVEY – February 8, 2021
A survey was sent out to UABSON faculty and staff to assess diversity, equity and inclusion, and wellness, needs and wants for the upcoming academic year to facilitate planning with consultant best gurl inc.

DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION STRATEGIC PLANNING – February-April 2021
A SWOT survey was sent to faculty, staff, students and alumni in February 2021. The information from this analysis was intended to assist with the development of the DEI Strategic Plan. This was facilitated by consultant best gurl Inc. There were eight strategic planning sessions held from February 25 through April 14, 2021. Each session addressed one section of the strategic plan. Sessions were attended by faculty, staff alumni and students.

2020

STRIDE TASK FORCE DEVELOPMENT – Fall 2020
Strategy, Teamwork, Recognition, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity Task Force was developed and made up of UAB School of Nursing faculty, staff and students to reflect a broader coalition of those in the School who volunteered to work closely with best gurl inc. in steering diversity, equity and inclusion strategic planning and activities.

VIRTUAL LUNCH BUNCH – every week from March 24 to May 20, 2020
Every week during virtual lunch bunch, various activities were held for faculty and staff to interact and stay in touch with each other. Certain activities included: bringing their favorite meme; Kahoot trivia; IceBreaker Challenge; Bring your favorite recipe and share.Book Discussion Inclusion Diversity The New Workplace The Will To Change20200114 0001January 2020 Book Discussion

BLACK HISTORY MONTH – February 2020
Janice Buffett led a group of faculty and staff in the celebration of Black History Month which included month-long educational seminars and lectures, promotion of group outings at various Birmingham events, communal lunches from black-owned establishments and group mixers and gatherings. This group also co-hosted, along with the Dean’s Office, Dr. Selwyn Vickers in a conversation around diversity, equity and inclusion.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH – February 2020
Janice Buffett led a group of faculty and staff in the celebration of Black History Month which included month-long educational seminars and lectures, promotion of group outings at various Birmingham events, communal lunches from black-owned establishments and group mixers and gatherings. This group also co-hosted, along with the Dean’s Office, Dr. Selwyn Vickers in a conversation around diversity, equity and inclusion.

BOOK DISCUSSIONS – January 2020 through March 2020
Monthly book discussions around Inclusion: Diversity, The New Workplace & The Will to Change written by Jennifer Brown.

2019

INTERNATIONAL POTLUCK – December 16, 2019
This annual event brings faculty and staff together for a shared meal and celebrates the diversity of our team while recognizing our core value, “Diversity”.

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION TREE DECORATION – December 4, 2019
All faculty, staff and students were invited to drop by the UABSON first floor lobby to add a personal touch to our seasonal decorations and tree with a written commemoration of inclusivity at the UABSON. These personalized decorations remained in the lobby until the first week of January.

DEI KICK OFF EVENT – December 2, 2019
The SON hosted a DEI Kick Off event which consisted of multiple speakers and activities aimed at improving DEI efforts within the SON. This event was hosted by the Dean’s Office in collaboration with Faculty Organization and the ADMIRE Committee.

CULTURAL AWARENESS BUILDING BLOCKS TRAINING – October 23, 2019
This training, led by Dr. Michelle Allen (UAB ODEI Diversity Education Director) provided the framework for gaining a nuanced understanding of the various meanings and the potential impact of, diversity in higher education and the workplace. The session explored the impact of identities in workplace interactions and relationships and presented strategies and resources to better navigate and embrace cultural differences. Participants became familiar with key concepts and learn strategies that contribute to an inclusive and welcoming environment.cafecitoDr. Grace Grau at one of the September 2019 Cafecito events

EQUITY VIDEO – October 2019
At the October 2019 Faculty Organization meeting, the ADMIRE Committee showed a video consisting of faculty, staff and a student responding to the question “What does Equity mean to you?”

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH – September 15 – October 15, 2019
Dr. Grace Grau, a founder of the Alabama National Association of Hispanic Nurses (AL-NAHN), led events for Hispanic Heritage Month that included communal lunches featuring various Hispanic cuisine, a group watch of West Side Story and the very popular Cafecito break hour.