WHRY's DEIB Committee Holds Listening and Learning Sessions
WHRY's Council of Community Advisors' DEIB committee held listening sessions for council members to hear directly from various school and community leaders about challenges and opportunities they see in their efforts to promote DEIB. The sessions provided council members a chance to learn about the community and gain a greater awareness of where WHRY may be able to contribute.
The More Marginalized Identities Med Students Have, the More Mistreatment and Burnout They Experience
A new study from Yale researchers looks at how intersectionality increases incidents of mistreatment and magnifies the effects of burnout on medical students. Using data from over 30,000 graduating medical students from 140 U.S. medical schools, the study found that students with three marginalized identities (female, non-white, and lesbian, gay or bisexual) experienced the most mistreatment and discrimination and the highest score for exhaustion compared with male, white, and heterosexual students.
OpEd Project Elevates Voices of Women and Underrepresented Faculty at Yale
The goal of the Public Voices Fellowship, an opportunity for 20 faculty at Yale along with those from other universities to participate in the OpEd Project, is for women and underrepresented faculty to write op-eds that appear in leading publications, including the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, Newsweek, and the Washington Post. But the year-long program does much more than simply expand the voices of those engaged in public debate. It has a lasting impact on the fellows and their careers, says Reina Maruyama, PhD, professor of physics and astronomy and Chair of Women Faculty Forum (WFF).
Ariadna Forray, MD and Kim Blenman, PhD, MS Take the Helm at MORE
The new co-directors of Minority Organization for Expansion and Retention (MORE), Ariadna Forray, MD, associate professor of psychiatry, and Kim Blenman, PhD, MS, assistant professor of medicine (medical oncology) and assistant professor of computer science, have been active participants in the organization and benefited from its programs and resources. They describe MORE as an essential place at Yale School of Medicine for connecting with other faculty who share their backgrounds and experiences. Now, they say, they hope to expand its reach.
Cofounders of Yale Black Postdoctoral Association Discuss Why Black Women Need More Support
The three Black women cofounders of the Yale Black Postdoctoral Association (YBPA) — Brionna Davis-Reyes, PhD, a postdoc in clinical neuroimaging; Aileen Fernandez, PhD, a postdoc in medical oncology; and Chrystal Starbird, PhD, a postdoc in pharmacology — recently shared their thoughts about the supportive role they and other Black women take on and how it’s beginning to take a toll.
Dr. Aileen Fernandez Discusses Diversity Equity, and Inclusion with Shirley Malcolm of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
Aileen Fernandez, PhD, a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Pathology at Yale School of Medicine, speaks with Shirley Malcolm, PhD, Senior Advisor to the Director of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Director of its SEA Change initiative, which aims to advance institutional transformation in support of diversity, equity and inclusion, especially in colleges and universities.Source: YouTube
Yale Postdoc Chrystal Starbird Maximizes Her Opportunity with NIH Career Award
Yale Postdoctoral Associate Chrystal Starbird has received a Postdoctoral Career Transition Award under the Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC) program, part of the National Institutes of Health effort to enhance diversity within the academic biomedical research workforce.Source: Yale West Campus
Cindy Crusto, PhD, New Associate Dean for Gender Equity, Brings a Focus on Systems Change and Intersectionality
Psychiatry professor Cindy Crusto, PhD, has accepted the role of Associate Dean for Gender Equity and director of the Office for Women in Medicine and Science beginning in January 2022.
Gender advocacy leads to major recognition for Yale oncologist Pamela Kunz, MD
Pamela Kunz, MD, was recently recognized as the 2021 Woman Oncologist of the Year by Women Leaders in Oncology for her commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) through her research, committee leadership, and talks. “My advocacy is what is being recognized,” Kunz said, “To have the award acknowledge my DEI efforts is really meaningful.”
A Path Marked by “Firsts”: Marietta Vazquez, MD
Marietta Vazquez, MD, professor of pediatrics and associate dean for medical student diversity, carved her own path. Her last 27 years have been marked by hard work, personal and professional growth, and a return to her roots. Along her path, she earned a lot of “firsts,” becoming the first Latina to be named by the U.S. Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to be a voting member of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, responsible for developing vaccine policy; the first Latina Vice Chair in the department of Pediatrics; and now the first Latina to be named Associate Dean at Yale School of Medicine.
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Update (August 2023)
I have much to update you on since I wrote last month. I have been meeting people with Yale School of Medicine and the Yale New Haven Hospital graduate medical education office. I have also been working with many groups across the institution on recruitment events, working group and diversity work participation, and mentorship and retention.
Addressing Stress to Achieve Sleep
A WHRY study which explored the use of an evidence-based stress-reduction intervention for insomnia that is culturally sensitive to the needs of Black women found in addition to reducing insomnia symptoms, the therapy lowered stress, anxiety, depression, and blood pressure.
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Update (July 2023)
First of all, I am very excited to be here at Yale School of Medicine (YSM) and the Department of Internal Medicine. I officially started a little over a week ago and have been getting settled. I have lived in the Chicago area for a long time, and this is my first time living in the Northeast. I was born in Nigeria, where I attended medical school. I completed an internal medicine residency program in the UK and relocated to Chicago, where I completed a second internal medicine residency program at Cook County Hospital. I worked for Cook County Health for 24 years in various roles and was a professor of medicine at Rush Medical College. I joined the Yale team to be part of the robust structure fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). I applaud Yale’s leadership commitment to DEI.
New YSPH grad helps refugee girls and women find their voices
For her practicum, Devina Buckshee, MPH '23, teamed with IRIS, a New Haven-based organization that supports refugees and immigrants as they find their footing in America. She started Project ReClaim: Refugee Storytelling and Advocacy to help displaced girls and women tell their tales, through words and photos.
The Room Where It Happens: Addressing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in NCTN Clinical Trial Leadership
Many multicenter randomized clinical trials in oncology are conducted through the National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN), an organization consisting of five cooperative groups.Source: Journal of the National Cancer Institute