Biennial Diversity and Inclusion Conference

Dr. Deirdre Cooper-Owens, author of Medical Bondage, will be the keynote speaker for the 2022 CHHS Diversity and Inclusion Conference on Friday, March 25One of the foremost experts in U.S. history, Dr. Cooper-Owens has worked steadily to make our history more accessible and inspiring for all. 

The theme of the 2022 conference is Moving Toward Health Equity.

In addition to delivering the keynote at our conference, Dr. Cooper-Owens will also deliver the 2022 Burian Lecture at the WMU Center for the Humanities on Thursday, March 24.

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Conference schedule

8:15 a.m.Registration
8:45 a.m.Smudge ceremony and Land Acknowledgement - Paul Syrette
9:00 a.m.Keynote session - Dr. Deirdre Cooper-Owens
10:15 a.m.Student perspectives on DEI issues in CHHS
11:30 a.m.Interprofessional Education Presentation
Four panel presentations (15 minutes each)
Panelists include: Cradle Kalamazoo, InterCare, WMed Street Medicine and Doris Ravotas
12:30 p.m.Breakout - So What, Now What - CHHS Dean Ron Cisler

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About the conference

The conference on diversity and inclusion brings WMU faculty, staff, administrators and students together with professionals from a variety of disciplines and community members to learn from each other and to identify strategies that will facilitate improved health outcomes for diverse members of our local and global communities.

The conference includes a lecture and keynote, one-hour workshops and poster sessions developed by students and faculty.