Committee on Diversity and Inclusion

The College of Health and Human Services seeks to be a community of learners that embraces, respects and advocates for human diversity, inclusion and social justice in its education, research and service programs. We invite all students, faculty and staff to actively work together to become a more diverse, inclusive and just community.

Second biennial Interdisciplinary Conference on Diversity and Inclusion

The College of Health and Human Services Committee on Diversity and Inclusion Conference “Collaboration for Equity: Building a Community that Supports Health Care for All” is presented in coordination with the Burian University-Community Lecture Series on Feb. 11 and 12, 2015.

Photo of LaQuandra Nesbitt.The conference keynote speaker and Burian lecturer will be Dr. LaQuandra S. Nesbitt, a board-certified family physician who recently took the position of director of the District of Columbia Department of Health after serving as director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness in Louisville, Kentucky since July 2011. Detailed biography of Nesbitt  

The lecture and conference are free and open to the public. Please register for either or both at or by calling (269) 387-2663 by Feb. 4. Parking will be free for both events in lot 104 adjacent to the College of Health and Human Services.

Diversity and Inclusion Conference
“Collaboration for Equity: Building a Community that Supports Health Care for All”
Feb. 12, 2015
Health and Human Services Building
8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
CEUs available in some disciplines pending approval

Conference schedule

An overview of the schedule is below. You can also download a detailed schedule.

8 to 9 a.m.—Welcome and key note

  • Dr. Laquandra Nesbitt: “Successful Strategies for Interdisciplinary Collaboratives to Achieve Health Equity”

9:15 to 10:15 a.m.—Workshops

  • "Culturally Competent Asthma Treatment: A Coffee House Proposal"
  • “Translating evidence to practice: Involving clients in evidence-based practice and practice-based evidence”
  • “Using Cross-System Partnerships to Increase Access to Healthcare for Students in Foster Care”

10:30 to 11:30 a.m.—Workshops

  •  “Muslim student rituals: Planning for classroom to healthcare clinic transition”

  • "Cultural Genograms: Promoting Cultural Humility, Awareness of Intersecting identities, and Transformative Complicity as Prerequisites to Culturally-Responsive Health Services"
  • “Transparency in the DHS Hierarchy: Promoting Voice and Presence”

11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.—Lunch and student posters

  • Jessica Abrams: "Consequences of globalization on maternal and infant health in Senegal"
  • Nida Yala and Mary O’Donohue: "Lack of Medicaid funding for Occupational Therapy serving Autism Spectrum Disorder population ages 0 to 5 years"
  • Alexandra Cubero-Matos, Jenna Losey, Jessical Solak and Lisa Viviano: "Deconstructing discipline-centrism, Power, and Hierarchy: Facilitating transdisciplinary teamwork”
  • Jennifer Harrison: "I’ve been there too: Peers in co-occurring services and fidelity over time"

1 to 2 p.m.—Workshops

  • "Thinking critically about links between local and global health issues: EBOLA and who profits form economic obstacles to equal access to preventive health care and other public services?"

  • "Playing under and pushing through the stones: Promoting inter-city anti bullying collaborations from lower to higher education"

2:15 to 3:15 p.m.—Workshops

  • "Transparency in the DHS Hierarchy: Promoting voices and presence"
  • "The Impact of Racism on Health"

3:30 p.m.—Closing