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New seminar series to highlight marginalized ethnic groups

Image with caption: Cynthia Robinson, PhD

Cynthia Robinson, PhD

"Hollywood's Depiction of Race: How It Influenced Systemic Racism" is the first in a new monthly seminar series aimed at bringing to light the untold history of marginalized ethnic groups in the United States.

The seminar will be presented via Zoom at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 2 and feature a presentation by Cynthia Robinson, PhD, chair of the department of black studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Access the Zoom presentation here.

The seminar series is being launched by Jan Tompkins, assistant dean for diversity and inclusion in the UNMC College of Allied Health Professions.

"We have become familiar with the terms implicit bias and structural/systemic racism, but they can become pretty academic," Tompkins said. "I found that it was the stories about groups of people and individuals that really spoke to me. Stories that had a significant influence on the historical evolution of our country but that I had never heard before or seen in a history textbook."

Other seminars in the series include a March presentation by the UNO Office of Latino/Latin American Studies and an April presentation focusing on Native Americans.

"I hope this series will give us a better understanding of how we got to where we are and give us tools to plan strategically for actions that will lead to the resolution of the critical, racially-charged situations in our society and country," Tompkins said.

Conversations for Inclusive Excellence

The UNMC Office of Inclusion also will continue to host its "Conversations for Inclusive Excellence" series for all UNMC faculty, staff and students.

Sheritta Strong, MD, director of inclusion, will moderate the virtual sessions, which will run from 2 to 3 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month.

During the sessions, individuals will engage in meaningful and, at times, uncomfortable conversations to co-create understanding. Participants also will gain tools to continue the dialogue within their departments and offices. The monthly topics will challenge participants and the assumptions we all make consciously and unconsciously.

Mark your calendars and join the conversations on:

  • Feb. 11 - Combatting Racism and Place-ism in Medicine
  • March 11 - Expanding the Cultural Humility Paradigm
  • April 8 - ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Affects Across a Lifetime
  • May 13 - Behavioral Science and Inclusion
  • June 10 - Creating Inclusion at Work

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