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Multicultural Affairs Committee

The Multicultural Affairs Committee's (MAC) mission is to promote multicultural awareness and inclusivity through engaging experiences that promote self-awareness, respect and humility to prepare health care professionals to serve diverse populations. The MAC will identify and support mechanisms that broaden and enrich educational opportunities for existing students enrolled in College of Health Care Sciences programs.

Additionally, the committee is committed to increasing the sensitivity to multicultural affairs among members of the Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences in part, and the university as a whole. Contact the Multicultural Affairs Committee.

Strategic Planning and Systems (recruitment, admissions, curriculum, etc)

  • Leaders: Erica Friedland, Rachel Williams, Diana Cherkiss
  • Goal:  To engage faculty, staff, students, and alumni to share feedback and make recommendations to support a diverse, inclusive and equitable college (and university) culture.


Training and Development (faculty and students)

  • Leaders:  Elizabeth Swann,  Julia Beattie, Rachel Williams, Jacqueline Marshall, Guimarsha Louis, Helene Fisher
  • Goal:  To provide educational experiences that lives into the mission of MAC and promotes an inclusive and equitable college/campus environment. 



  • Leaders:  Melissa Morris, Megan Finck, and Guimarsha Louis
  • Goal:  To create case studies that weave issues of diversity, inclusion and equity into the experience.


Dialogue and Listening Initiatives

  • Leaders:  Rachel Williams, Keiba Shaw, and Terry Morrow Nelson
  • Goal:  Offer opportunities such as Listening Sessions, Study Circles, and other facilitated discussions.



  • Leaders:  Jeff Jurkas and Julia Beattie
  • Goal:  To use multiple mediums to communicate information and resources including our website, social media, and email.

Transgender Care Guide

The group recently relaunched their mobile app MobilEM at ACEP19. The app now is a shell that contains free content and paid subscriptions. The free content includes the reviewed in this article, Transgender Care Guide, as well as a Splinting Guide, Top Clinical Prediction Rules, and Neonatal Resuscitation. 

Trans Students Often Struggle With Mental Health

Gender-nonconforming students are four times more likely than peers to report mental health issues such as depression and suicide, according to a new study that calls for more campus supports.

Racial Equity

Black Lives Matter

A collection of books, journal articles and magazine content that amplifies Black voices and the issues raised by the Black Lives Matter movement.

Albert Civil Liberties Research Centre: White Privilege

"One way to live with, or move through, this problem is to refer to white-skin privilege, or to white privilege—the unearned privileges that white people experience (often unconsciously) because they are not subjected to racism."

Contemporary Racism

An academic blog about whiteness, implicit bias, and colorblind racism.

Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man

Emmanuel Acho sits down to have an “uncomfortable conversation” with white America, in order to educate and inform on racism, systemic racism, social injustice, rioting & the hurt African Americans are feeling today.

Racial Equity Tools

Racial Equity Tools is designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. This site offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large.

The Bridge Poem

 A poem of about prejudice by Donna Kate Rushin.

Race & Ethnicity

The NCAA office of inclusion aims to heighten awareness of racial/ethnic minorities' experiences across the landscape of intercollegiate athletics and support athletic communities in fostering inclusive environments. Through programs, initiatives and resources, the office seeks to engage, educate, and empower the membership in cultivating a culture of belonging and striving for equitable participation and career opportunities for racially or ethnically minoritized coaches and administrators.

The Inner Work of Racial Justice

Rhonda V. Magee, Professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law, discusses her work and her book The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming our Communities Through Mindfulness. Recorded shortly before the pandemic, this interview is especially relevant in the context of the killing of George Floyd and other Black men and women and the anti-racist work needed to achieve racial justice.


Authors: Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

The construct of race has always been used to gain and keep power, to create dynamics that separate and silence. This remarkable reimagining of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning reveals the history of racist ideas in America, and inspires hope for an antiracist future. It takes you on a race journey from then to now, shows you why we feel how we feel, and why the poison of racism lingers. It also proves that while racist ideas have always been easy to fabricate and distribute, they can also be discredited.


Project Implicit

Juneteenth: Fact Sheet

3 Things to know: Cultural Humility

This post is part of the Hogg Foundation’s “3 Things to Know” blog series, which explains concepts influencing community mental health and our grantmaking. Check out others in this series: Trauma-informed Care, Recovery,  Healthy Equity,  Social Determinants of (Mental) Health,  Resilience and Well-Being.


Nardia Aldridge, PhD, OTR/L
Jacqueline Marshall, PhD, RN, MSN/Ed, MPH, CNE
Diana Cherkiss, MMS, MPH, PA-C
Melissa Morris, MSN, RN, CPN, CHSE
Megan Finck, MMS, PA-C
Terry Morrow-Nelson, PhD
Helene Fisher, SLPD, CCC
Wren Newman, SLPD, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow
Erica Friedland, AuD
Keiba Shaw, PT, DPT, EdD
Diane Gastone, PhD
Donrie Purcell, Health Science PhD Candidate
Lia Jiannine, PhD, CSCS
Elizabeth Swann, PhD, ATC
Jeffrey Jurkas, MBA
Archana Vatwani, PT, DPT, MBA, AIB-CCON, CLWT, CDP
Lucia Lopez, MMS, PA-C, EdD
Haley Wiles, MOT Candidate
Krishani Harrinauth, BS
Rachel Williams, PhD, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow
Paula Lowrey, OTD, OTR/L, CAPS

A list of upcoming and past events may be found below. The Zoom links may be found by clicking on the respective hyperlinks:

Upcoming Events:

Coming Soon!

Past Events:

August 17, 2020 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM My Story

  • An immersive conversation where student share their stories and listen

August 18, 2020 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Micro-What?

  • Microaggressions, why they are hurtful and how to take action to prevent use.

August 19, 2020 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Navigating Racism and Discrimination in Healthcare

  • A group of panelists, will talk about discrimination, racism and health disparities in healthcare.

August 20, 2020 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

  • An interactive workshop exploring implicit bias how to identify your privilege and how that shapes your life and world perspective.

October 13, 2020 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM  LGBTQIA+ Safe Zone Training (See the recording)

October 21, 2020 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM  Black Men in Healthcare Panel

November 2, 2020 12:10 – 1:00 PM  Round Table: Respect & Religion

December 7, 2020 12:10 – 1:00 PM  Round Table: Cultural Competence

 January 25, 2021 6:00, 2021 PM – 7:00 PM  Bias and Privilege II (See the Recording)

  •  An interactive workshop exploring how bias and privilege is shaped by media and history.

January 26, 2021 6:00 – 7:00 PM  Working with Diverse Populations (See the recording)

  • An interactive workshop exploring how to work with diverse populations in healthcare.

January 27, 2021 6:00 – 7:00 PM  Hispanic/LatinX Women in Healthcare

  • A multidisciplinary panel about navigating healthcare as a hispanic or latinXwoman.

January 28, 2021 6:00 – 7:00 PM  Body Image in Healthcare Workshop (See the recording)

  • An immersive workshop based on the book "The Body is Not an Apology".

February 1, 2021 12:10 PM – 12:50 PM  Round Table: Equity vs. Equality

  • A round table discussion to better understand the difference of equity and equality.

February 10, 2021 6:00 – 7:00 PM  Black Women in Healthcare (See the recording)

  • A multidisciplinary panel about navigating healthcare as a black woman and finding the power to prevail.

February 25, 2021 6:00 – 7:00 PM  Black Men In Healthcare II (See the recording)

  • A multidisciplinary panel about navigating healthcare as a black woman and finding the power to prevail.

March 1, 2021 12:10 PM – 12:50 PM  Round Table: Including Inclusion

  • Roundtable discussion regarding inclusion.

Mar 16, 2021 06:00 PM  Hands Off My Body: Women's Health (See the recording)

  • Address common women's health concerns and healthcare policies that affect women’s bodies.

Mar Mar 24, 2021 06:00 PM  COVID: The Asian American Experience (See the Recording)

  • An interdisciplinary panel exploring how healthcare professionals navigate racism, stereotypes and discrimination during the pandemic

April 5, 2021 12:10 PM – 12:50 PM  Round Table Discussion: Cultural Humility vs. Cultural Competence

  • Article reading on understanding the importance of Cultural Competence and Humility

April 6, 2021 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM  LGBTQIA+ in Healthcare (See the Recording)

  •  A multidisciplinary panel about navigating healthcare in the LGBTQIA+ community. 

May 6, 2021 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM  Diversity Round Table Discussion: DEI and Health Literacy

June 7, 2021 12:10 PM - 12:50 PM  Diversity Round Table Discussion: Microaggressions

August 2, 2021 12:10 PM - 12:50 PM  Diversity Round Table Discussion (See the Recording)

August 18, 2021 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM LGTBQIA+ Safe Zone Training (See the Recording)

Sept 13 6:00 - 7:00 PM EST - RELIGIOUS COMPETENCY IN HEALTHCARE PANEL (See the Recording)

  • Panelists  share their thoughts and experiences with healthcare regarding their religious background


  • Come test your knowledge on different cultural topics and play a fun game of Kahoot! Winners get a prize

Sept 15 12:30 - 1:30 PM EST - STANDBY OR BE AN ALLY (See the Recording)

  • Learn the importance of Allyship and how to be a better Ally for minority and/or oppressed populations

Sept 16 7:30 - 8:30 PM EST -Stone Wall and the History of LGBTQ+ Rights! (See the Recording)

  • Guest speaker Caitlin Marshall will be sharing awesome information on topics like pronouns, being an ally, and so much more!

October 4 12:05 M - 12:55 PM EST - Diversity Round Table (DRD) Equity vs. Equality

  • a series of topics for a true roundtable discussion in the virtual live format

October 14 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM EST - Hispanic Heritage Month Panel (Watch the recording!)

  • perspectives form different health care professionals discussing their experiences and providing insight into patient care for hispanic populations 
November 1, 12:05 M - 12:55 PM EST - Diversity Round Table (DRD) 
  • a series of topics for a true roundtable discussion in the virtual live format

December 6, 12:05 M - 12:55 PM EST - Diversity Round Table (DRD) 

  • a series of topics for a true roundtable discussion in the virtual live format

January 26, 2022 6:30 PM MAC Game Night

  • Take a break from your studies and play a fun game of Kahoot with the Multicultural Affairs Committee

February 7, 2022 12:05 M - 12:55 PM EST - Diversity Round Table (DRD) 

  • a series of topics for a true roundtable discussion in the virtual live format

February 17, 2022 6:00 PM  - 7:00 PM Black Men and Women in Health Care (See the recording)

March 7, 2022 12:05 PM - 12:55 PM EST - Diversity Round Table (DRD) 

  • a series of topics for a true roundtable discussion in the virtual live format

March 14 & 16, 2022 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM - Letters to Influential Women

  • Visit the HPD Cafeteria and write a special note to one or more of the women who impact you.

April 4, 2022 12:05 PM - 12:55 PM EST - Diversity Round Table (DRD) 

  • a series of topics for a true roundtable discussion in the virtual live format

May 2, 2022 12:05 PM - 12:55 PM EST - Diversity Round Table (DRD) 

  • a series of topics for a true roundtable discussion in the virtual live format
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